Gecko Care – species
There are over 800 different species of gecko, all with their own marks of individuality, below we will introduce you to some of the most popular species of gecko.
Standing’s Day Gecko
The standing’s day gecko is a large gecko that comes from a small part of southwestern Madagascar, usually found in patches of bush land and at the edge of forests. In its natural environment this lizard is at home in more arid habitats rather than the usual densely planted areas most geckos prefer.
There are many variations of the skin color although the main theme is to have a sky blue skin with a green head, along its back will show marks of a black net like pattern.
Similar to other day geckos these lizards spend hardly any time on the ground. It is common for the keepers of these geckos to line the floor of the vivarium with just newspaper, although it is also good to use pebbles or another natural decor.
You can comfortably house 1 male and 2 females in a vivarium of 60x60x60cm in size. With standing’s day geckos you should spray water mist throughout the day as they prefer to drink from droplets of water hanging from plant life. It is likely that they will learn to drink from a shallow bowl if you place the bowl higher up in the tank somewhere. This species seems to thrive on slightly higher temperatures inside the tank, around 90 degrees Fahrenheit with lower humidity levels of around 70%.
This species of gecko is more tolerant of their young than other species of gecko. There is a British breeder that reports of hatching juveniles to be kept in the same tank and able to live as a family with the breeding pair, once the young matures then they should be removed as you normally would.
These large day geckos can eat many of the moist insects that are easily obtained by the enthusiast. There are many invertebrates that you can catch in your home and garden to feed to your gecko, the rule of thumb is to only feed them food that you have caught from an area outside that is organic and has not been sprayed with any pesticides. They enjoy many sweet fruits and nectar, you should place these hung up high or dab onto an upturned jam jar lid or similar.
Standing’s day geckos actively hunt using their site to locate their prey, the are agile predators and fast and acrobatic in their actions. Male breeds usually have a broader tail at the base to encompass their twinned reproductive organs. All day geckos have a visible ear opening, although it is very small.
Peacock Day Gecko
Most day geckos come from the islands in the Indian Ocean, mainly Madagascar. The peacock day gecko has wonderful colors that allow your vivarium to really come alive as it patrols its territory. They get their name from the peacock eye marking they have on each side of their bodies just behind their front legs. They have a combination of red spots and markings that cover its back while having an overall skin color of turquoise, they truly are very striking lizard to observe.
They have a long and slender tail roughly half the size of the actual gecko and actually use their tail to communicate with other geckos. They use their long tongue to clean their eyes, which is rather comical to observe.
If you compare the peacock day gecko to other day geckos then they come up pretty short, they only reach 7.5cm in length when fully grown. They can live in an enclosure 50x30x60cm on their own or as a pair.
Giant Day Gecko
The giant day gecko is a large attractive plump lizard that is relatively easy to keep and breed in captivity. They have a skin color of electric lime green and depending on the species the can have an orangey-red markings like dots or blobs along their back and on the top of their head, usually in between the eyes and nostrils.
You can find them in damp forests and on palm trees in Madagascar and its surrounding islands. Having this kind of environment allows the gecko plenty of surfaces to search for insects and serves as a good opportunity to establish and retain a territory of their own.
This gecko is active in the daytime and can grow to over 25cm in length, of which 15cm will be made up from its long thick tubular tail. These are very agile lizards that leap from leaf to leaf and can quickly scurry under protective cover if ever threatened. Similar to other geckos they have adapted to live a arboreal lifestyle. They have great suction pads on each digit that allow them to get a good grip on any shiny surface as well as trees and bark.
The bibron’s gecko is a medium sized gecko, compared to others though it shows off a stocky build and can reach around six to eight inches when fully grown. It has a beaded pattern along it’s body with black strips and white dots. Their light brown or white underbelly can distinguish these geckos from others.
These are a ground dwelling gecko that shows high aggression towards other geckos that could be seen as attempting to hijack their territory. They are very fast runners and are quick to find any cover when they think they could be in danger.
The bibron’s gecko is commonly found in South Africa where its species holds a large population that likes to make it’s home in human homes and buildings, some would consider it a household pest.
The tokay gecko is native to South East Asia and is a nocturnal arboreal gecko. They live in rainforest trees in their natural habitat although the frequently make homes in human buildings knowing they can find good food by hanging around next to a ceiling light.
They have a relatively short life span compared to other similar sized geckos in that they will usually only live for 8 – 10 years. The tokay gecko is a very aggressive species of gecko and it is common for males to fight each other and even attack their human handlers. A bite from a tokay gecko is unlikely o cause any lasting damage but it will hurt, handlers report that once they bite they do not like to let go, one of the only ways to actually get them to release their bite is to submerge them into water. They can be very attractive as display animals but their popularity as a household pet has diminished because of their aggressive nature.
They can grow to lengths of 40cm making them one of the largest species of gecko. You can spot them by their grayish or bluish bodies with red or orange spots.