Species group: Geckos
Scientific name: Gekko ulikovskii
Golden Geckos are native to the rain forests of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
Appearance / health:
Considered the largest of the Gekko species, the Golden Gecko male matures to about 7 inches while the female reaches 5-6 inches in length. The body base color is a pale tan to dark brown. A golden yellow stripe (hence the name) is seen over the whole back from the head to the tip of the tail, lighter on the head growing darker towards the tail. Older individuals may become darker in color. The throat and belly are whitish cream in color. The eyes are large with vertical slit pupils. Toe pads are have specialized adhesive suction capabilities.
Behavior / temperament:
Golden Geckos are nocturnal and rather shy. They have delicate skin; therefore, handling is discouraged.
The best enclosure for the arboreal Golden Gecko is a 20-gallon terrarium with a peat or newspaper substrate and plenty of climbing branches. Hide boxes should be provided. Live plants make the tank attractive and help with maintaining the required high humidity.
The Golden Gecko is a tropical lizard requiring high moisture; therefore, a water dish and regular misting is recommended. The enclosure should be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
Golden Geckos are best fed with crickets, waxworms, mealworms, locusts, and other insects. Multivitamin-powdered crickets provide the required nutrition.
attractive deep yellow, sweet little guy, personality
parasite treatment, bite
fairly basic setup, golden color deepens, wattage heating lamp, reptile nightviewing bulbs
Brillaintly-Colored and Hardy - but Ignored!
Golden geckos are uniquely-colored, modest in size and price and quite hardy – yet remain under-appreciated and rarely bred by lizard fans. Serious novices with an interest in helping to establish these Vietnamese gems take notice!
Although quite small, golden geckos require terrariums that are larger than one might suppose, and which are vertically oriented to allow for climbing opportunities. By including numerous live plants and basking/retreat sites, gecko owners can maintain a trio (I male, 2 females) in a 29 gallon high-style aquarium. They are nocturnal, and so if provided a healthful diet containing ample Vitamin D3 will do fine without UVB exposure. Red reptile night-viewing bulbs will allow you to watch your pets after dark (they sense little if any of the light produced by these bulbs), and can also be used to supply ambient temperatures of 75-85 F. Humidity must be kept high – to 75% - but the tank should be allowed to dry out by day. Moist coco-husk and sphagnum moss and, in dry homes, a reptile humidifier, will assist in maintaining the conditions they favor.
A wide variety of insects supplemented with powdered calcium and vitamins are essential to your pet’s well-being. Flightless houseflies, flour beetle larvae, and small wild-caught insects, in addition to calciworms, tiny roaches and crickets, silkworms and other commercially-available insects should be offered; crickets and mealworms alone, even if supplemented, will not maintain their health long-term. A homemade slurry containing fruit, baby food, calcium powder and honey should also be provided, and many individuals will accept commercial nectar mixes sold for use with crested and day geckos (Phelsuma spp.)..
From findiviglio Nov 5 2015 12:45PM
Not great pets
We had a group of these in at work. Unfortunately these don't breed well in captivity at all, and as they are so abundant in the wild, are almost always wild caught. Giving these their parasite treatment was quite difficult, as they are fast, easily stressed and have very, very delicate skin.
They didn't get on well together in a group but once separated did eat well and thrived, putting on weight and becoming a very attractive deep yellow in a fairly basic setup - so are quite easy to keep. As time passed, they didn't really get any more handleable though, always remaining very shy and reclusive (they are nocturnal anyway, so you won't see them in the day).
Overall I think these should be left in the wild, I see no advantage to keeping them as a pet over the many more suitable species..
From Athravan Jun 15 2015 3:52AM