Gecko Care – handling

Gecko Care – handling

Young geckos can show signs of nervousness when being handled for the first few times, some will scream and lunge at you while making hissing sounds. It is important not to jump yourself as the more you handle them and the older they get the easier they will be handled.

It is good to start by placing your hand inside the cage with a very slow movement first to get them used to your hand. Just place your hand in the cage, leave it there for a couple of minutes then remove it, this will show the gecko that your hand is of no threat. It is common for geckos to get very inquisitive and come and see your hand after the first few tries of this. Another tip is to place a wax worm on your hand, be careful as not all geckos have a great lunging aim and they could get your finger, this should not hurt you at all but the geckos jaw could be damaged in the process.

Always handle your gecko with great care, never hold them by their tails as they are easily broken off, they do grow back but this would be a very stressful experience for the gecko and they could loose trust in you. When a geckos tail breaks off it is prone to infection, you should place the gecko into a separate tank with minimal furnishings as to limit the chance of infection. Use a paper towel on the floor that can be replaced easily every time it is soiled. You can treat the open wound by cleaning it with betadine then covering with an antibiotic such as Neosporin or polysporin. Ensure the temperature of the substitute tank is kept the similar to what your gecko is used to. At this stage you should feed the gecko very regularly and feed them all the food that they can eat to replenish fat reserves that it will need to rebuild its tail. Never leave any crickets alive inside the cage with them as they will try to nibble at the wound. The tail will re-grow after time but it is unlikely that it will ever look the same as it was originally.