This House Gecko Care Sheet is for beginners, intermediate and Pro’s.
This was the first experience I had with reptiles they defiantly not for picking up or handling.
They are vary quick and are good escape artist. I got ours as a Christmas present alone with a long tail gecko and a anole.
They wirer all in one 20 gallon tank which was ok because they all got along with each other and provided a verity to look at.
It was not long before we got another house gecko. In a week or to I notice that the second gecko was missing.
Looked but could not find it after about a month went to feed them and notice something under the light and there it was.
Went to grab it but hesitated just a second and it was gone. Weeks went by looking under the light to see if it would return nothing.
One day I finally see it under the decks and cornered it this time there was no hesitation and after at least 2 month living in our computer room it was back in its cage.
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House Gecko Care Sheet
With all said and done I think they do make a good reptile for kids.
Adult house geckos can reach three to five inches.
If taken care properly, house geckos can live 5 – 10 years.
House geckos are a yellow-tan color with white granular blotches. They tend to look more pale at night.
They are also known for their “chikchak” call that you can often hear at night. House geckos have toe pads
and can climb glass.
These lizards are very fast and do not make very good pets if you want to handle them
on a regular basis.
If you need to handle house geckos, please use caution around their tail as it will easily
There are many different options available. The most popular is a glass or acrylic aquarium.
A 10-gallon (20 in x 10 in) aquarium will suffice for one house gecko, however a larger enclosure should be used for
more than one gecko.
These geckos love to climb and should have branches or other cage furniture to use.
You may also want to have plants in the tank as well.
Ambient daytime temperatures for house geckos should be 75° – 85° F with a basking site temperature of
During the night, temperatures can drop to 70° F. You can record accurate readings of temperature
by use of a thermometer or infrared temperature gun.
A basking bulb, infrared bulb, under the tank heater, radiant panel or ceramic emitter can all be used to
achieve proper ambient and basking temperatures.
House geckos are nocturnal, so UVB light is not required.
A 12-hour light cycle however is recommended to achieve a day/night cycle. (Bed a Beast or Eco Earth), mulch bark, sterilized potting soil without perilite, newspaper, or green astro-urf can all be used as substrates.
You may find it easier to maintain humidity levels with coconut fiber, mulch bark, or sterilized soil than with newspaper or astro-turf.
A higher humidity level of 60% to 70% is a required for house geckos. Higher humidity levels can be
maintained by regular mistings of dechlorinated water, appropriate substrate, and a partially cover the cage
If water droplets begin to form on the glass, the humidity is probably too high.
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Appropriately size crickets, mealworms, wax worms, and butter worms are all good choices for house
It is import to dust the prey items every third feeding with a calcium/vitamin powder supplement.
Care should be taken when feeding multiple geckos because they have been known to eat smaller lizards.
Fresh water should be offered daily. If using newsprint or astro-turf then clean as needed. Other substrates
should be spot cleaned as needed.
Periodically, the enclosure should be disinfected. A 5% bleach solution makes an excellent disinfectant.
Be sure to rinse the enclosure thoroughly after disinfecting. As always, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling your house gecko or any cage accessories