House Geckos are
small and inexpensive
small lizards which are a fairly easy to
maintain in captivity. They are not meant to be
handled because it could hurt them and they are
extremely quick. These relatively easy to
maintain as pets but like most geckos they will
perish if they are not taken care of properly.
If cared for properly however they can live for
upwards of 5 years. As far as geckos go, House
Geckos have the bonus of being able to
demonstrate the amazing wall-climbing abilities
that geckos are know for. This separates them
from other common pet geckos such as the leopard
gecko and the African Fat-tailed gecko. However,
unlike most common pet geckos House Geckos are
not to be handled and this means they may not be
the right choice for a child who wants a pet
they can hold.
Its is also
important that you remember the cost of keeping a
gecko is not just the cost of the gecko but
rather the cost of the cage, food and vet care.
These costs frequently amount to 10x to 20x the
cost of the gecko itself. Also it is important to find a vet that is
trained in exotic animals and not just a regular
dog and cat vet.
- House geckos are very small animals, adults
can range in size from about 3 inches to up to 5
Housing - A
20 gallon will house a single gecko or a pair, a
vertical tank is generally better than a
horizontal ones because House geckos climb so
much. Be sure to provide places for climbing
such as branches or plants as well as above
ground and on-ground hiding spots where the
gecko can go to when they feel threatened.
Non-toxic plants are great for creating hiding
spots and for collecting water from misting.
Never, ever put more than one male in one tank.
Also never put a male and female unless you are
ready to care for the eggs which you most likely
aren't unless you have kept geckos in the past.
For a child or a beginning house gecko keeper
one gecko is the best.
Use pelleted or mulch-type unless the geckos eat
the substrate in which case you should either
use an edible substrate or something that they
cannot eat such as newspaper or a special carpet
for reptile cages. It is important to do this
because eating the substrate can cause serious
injury to the gecko and its digestive system.
- Day time temperature should be from75
degrees F to 88 degrees F under the basking
light. At night 70 degrees F. Humidity of about
65% should be maintained in the habitat at all
times this can be achieved by regularly
misting. We Recommend radiant heat; use an
incandescent light or ceramic heater as primary
heat source Lighting. Provide fluorescent light
for 10 to 12 hours a day; incandescent bulb is
needed for basking area if not using a ceramic
- Although you
may want to provide a small bowl that the gecko
can't fall into it is also important to mist the
tank to maintain humidity and always the gecko
to drink off of leaves and sides of the tank.
- Provide fluorescent light for 10 to 12 hours a
day; incandescent bulb is needed for basking
area of about eighty-five degrees F and this can
be achieved with a clamp lamp using a sixty watt
- Young House
Geckos must be fed every day. When they reach
adulthood every other day is a sufficient
feeding schedule. A proper
diet for a house gecko consists of a variety of
insects which include small crickets, mealworms
and waxworms. These insects should gut-loaded
with supplements that can be bought either from
a pet store or online. They can be quite
expensive but are worth it for the health of
your gecko. It is also important to provide a
vitamin and calcium supplement. These are
generally daily or weekly but be sure to read
the instructions on the supplement for full
tank for secure lid to prevent
Basking rock and
Care book on
geckos for further learning
Normal Behavior and Interaction
- House geckos are fast moving, making
handling difficult; their tail can detach
easily, so use extreme care when feeding. Adult
males have preanal and femoral pores. The Female
lays two hard shelled eggs. Incubation
temperature 88f, Eggs hatch between 50-65 days.
Hatchlings measure about 2". They are nocturnal
and hide during the day
it is best to
view at night to see them being active.
water and remove feces daily. Mist 2 to 3 times
a day to maintain humidity
Thoroughly clean the tank at least once a week.
Set gecko aside in a secure tank/container. Be
careful not to be rough with gecko when moving
it as this could cause its tail to fail off or
rip its soft skin. Scrub the tank and
furnishings with a 3% bleach solution; rinse
thoroughly with water, removing all smell of bleach.
Throw out old substrate and replace it with
Signs of good Health:
Health Problems and things to look out
If you notice any of these
signs, please contact your exotic animal