Geckos are warm-blooded reptiles. Geckos live 10 to 20 years and are usually under a foot long. Geckos are popular pets due to their size and longevity, however species-specific care differs.

How to Pick a Gecko

Buy a gecko from a trustworthy breeder. Wild-caught geckos may carry illnesses. A healthy gecko has clear eyes, smooth skin, all limbs and a decent appetite.

Gecko behaviour

Geckos with comparable temperaments and behaviours. Most geckos, including leopard and crested geckos, are nocturnal and active at night.


Geckos aren't hostile unless housed with two males. Male geckos may attack without warning, so separate them. Tokay gecko is more prone than other species to bite a person.

Housing for a Gecko

Geckos need enclosures with branches for climbing, a water bowl, a hiding area, and lockable lids. Geckos can escape through minor gaps, thus an aquarium -

with a tight-fitting lid is advised. Most geckos only need a 10 or 20 gallon tank since they're small, but larger species need more area.

Temperature and Humidity Control for Geckos

Gecko enclosure humidity should be 70-80%. Misting the enclosure is the most usual way, but a large water bowl will also help. A hygrometer measures gecko enclosure humidity.

A correct temperature gradient should be provided in the right temperature range for the species of gecko you are caring for. Nocturnal geckos don't need UVB-emitting bulbs, whereas daytime geckos do.

Feeding for Geckos

Geckos don't consume plants or vegetables, thus you must be okay with live insects. Geckos eat crickets, mealworms, superworms, and waxworms as treats. 

Some species of gecko prefer a fruit-based diet, thus owners will occasionally provide their pets with a piece of fruit. geckos are fed once a week or once a day, depending on their age and species.

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