House Gecko Care Sheet- 2022 Beginners Guide

House Gecko Care Sheet

This House Gecko Care Sheet is for beginners, intermediates, and Pros.

House Geckos are a popular type of pet that people keep in their homes. They are fairly easy to maintain, but there are still a few things you need to know to take care of them properly!

They are very quick and are good escape artists. I got ours as a Christmas present along with a long tail gecko and an anole.

They were all in one 20-gallon tank which was ok because they all got along with each other and provided a variety to look at.

It was not long before we got another house gecko. In a week or two, 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 was hesitatant for 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 months of living in our computer room, it was back in its cage.

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With all said and done I think they do make a good reptile for kids.

Size:

Adult house geckos can reach three to five inches.

Life span:

If taken care of properly, house geckos can live 5 – 10 years.

General Appearance:

House geckos are a yellow-tan color with white granular blotches. They tend to look paler 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 break off.

Housing requirements:

Enclosure:

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.

House Gecko Care Sheet

Temperature:

Ambient daytime temperatures for house geckos should be 75° – 85° F with a basking site temperature of 88° F.

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.

Heat/Light:

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 perlite, 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 astroturf.

Environment:

A higher humidity level of 60% to 70% is a must for house geckos. Higher humidity levels can be maintained by regular mistings of dechlorinated water, appropriate substrate, and a partial cover cage top.

If water droplets begin to form on the glass, the humidity is probably too high.

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Diet:

Appropriately size crickets, mealworms, wax worms, and butter worms are all good choices for house
geckos.

It is important 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.

Maintenance:

Freshwater 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

Gecko Habitat Setup

One of the most common questions we get here at Gecko Time is “What do I need to set up a proper gecko habitat?”

There are a few key things you need to create a comfortable and safe space for your gecko. In this article, we’ll go over everything you need to set up a proper gecko habitat, step-by-step.

First, you’ll need an enclosure. There are many different types and sizes of reptile enclosures on the market, so finding one that suits your needs should be easy. If you have more than one gecko, or if you plan on housing other reptiles in the same enclosure, be sure to choose an enclosure that is large enough to accommodate all of your animals.

Next, you’ll need to choose the right substrate for your gecko’s habitat. There are many different substrates available, but not all of them are suitable for geckos. Be sure to choose a substrate that is safe for your gecko and that will hold moisture well. Some popular substrates for geckos include coconut husk fiber and sphagnum moss.

Lighting

If you want your house gecko to stay healthy and happy, then you need to provide it with the right lighting. Here are some tips on how to do just that:

  1. Place your gecko’s tank in an area that gets plenty of natural light. If this isn’t possible, then you’ll need to provide artificial lighting.
  2. Use a full-spectrum light bulb to provide your gecko with the right type of light. This will help them to properly digest their food and absorb vitamins and minerals.
  3. Make sure that the lightbulb is not too close to the tank, as this can cause your gecko to overheat.
  4. Provide your gecko with a day/night cycle by turning the lights off for 12 hours each night. This will help them to maintain their natural circadian rhythm.

Following these tips will help you to provide your house gecko with the right type of lighting, which is essential for their health and happiness.

Ventilation

A house gecko is a popular pet reptile that originates from Southeast Asia. They are relatively easy to care for, but there are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to ventilation.

A house gecko needs a well-ventilated enclosure in order to stay healthy. This means that the cage should have plenty of air flow and should not be too humid. A good way to achieve this is to use a screen top on the cage.

Another way to ensure good ventilation is to use a fan in the room where the cage is located. This will help to circulate the air and keep the enclosure from getting too hot or too cold.

Finally, it is important to make sure that the gecko has a hide box in its cage. This will give it a place to go if it feels like it needs to get away from the light or heat.

Feeding

One of the most important things you can do to take care of your house gecko is to ensure that it is properly fed. A diet rich in insects and other small prey is essential for keeping your gecko healthy and active. Live food is best, but you can also offer frozen or dried insects. Mealworms, crickets, and waxworms are all good choices.

To ensure that your gecko gets enough food, you should offer it several small meals each day rather than one large one. You can use a food dish or just place the food directly on the ground or on a rock in the enclosure. Be sure to remove any uneaten food before it starts to rot.

In addition to a diet of live prey, you should also offer your gecko a calcium supplement. This is especially important for female geckos, as they need extra calcium for egg production. You can find calcium supplements at most pet stores. Just sprinkle a little on the live food before offering it to your gecko.

Water Requirements

One of the most important things to keep in mind when taking care of a house gecko is their water requirements. Geckos are desert animals and therefore require very little water.

A good rule of thumb is to provide them with a dish of water that is only shallow enough for them to soak their toes in. This will help to keep them hydrated without giving them too much water which can lead to health problems.

It is also important to make sure that the dish of water is changed regularly as geckos tend to defecate in their water dishes. At least once a week, empty out the old water and replace it with fresh, clean water.

Handling and Breeding

If you’re thinking about handling or breeding house geckos, there are a few things you should know. Handling any reptile can be a risky proposition, and even more so with delicate geckos.

And while breeding may seem like a fun way to create more of these lovable lizards, it’s important to be aware of the challenges and responsibilities that come with it.

Here are a few tips on how to handle and breed house geckos:

  1. When handling a house gecko, always support its body from beneath. Never pick it up by the tail, as this can cause serious injury.
  2. If you’re planning on breeding house geckos, it’s important to have two females for every male. This will help prevent fighting and injuries.
  3. Be sure to provide plenty of hiding places in the enclosure for both males and females. This will give them a place to retreat to if they feel threatened.
  4. When introducing new geckos into an established colony, do so slowly and carefully. Add just one or two at a time, and keep a close eye on them for the first few days to make sure they’re settling in okay.

Quarantine Area & Illness Treatment

If you have a house gecko, it’s important to have a quarantine area set up in case your gecko becomes sick. This area should be separate from the rest of your home, and should have everything your gecko needs to recover. Here’s a step-by-step guide to setting up a quarantine area for your house gecko.

  1. Choose a quiet, secluded spot in your home for the quarantine area. This will help your gecko feel more comfortable and secure.
  2. Set up a small enclosure for your gecko. Make sure the enclosure has plenty of ventilation and is escape-proof.
  3. Line the bottom of the enclosure with paper towels or reptile carpeting. This will make it easier to clean and will help keep your gecko’s skin healthy.
  4. Place a hide box or shelter inside the enclosure for your gecko to use as a hiding spot.
  5. Provide a shallow water dish for your gecko to drink from.
  6. Place a heat lamp over the enclosure to provide heat for your gecko. The temperature should be between 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit at night

Summary

House geckos are small, nocturnal creatures that can be found in parts of the world with a tropical climate. House geckos have a relatively easy life – they don’t have to do much work to find their food, and they live in a perfect environment. But, like any animal, house geckos still need care and attention to remain healthy and happy!

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