Species group: Geckos
Other common names: Common Smooth-Scaled Gecko; Mournful Gecko; Sad Gecko
Scientific name: Lepidodactylus lugubris
The Mourning Gecko is a small nocturnal gecko which is widely distributed throughout much of Southeast Asia, including Burma, West Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and New Guinea, and Hawaii. It feeds on small insects and flower nectar.
Appearance / health:
The Mourning Gecko is small, and only reaches 2.7 - 3.7 in. (7-10.5 cm) in length. There is a very characteristic dark line between eyes, with another extending from the tip of the snout through the eye and onto the neck. They are distinguished by the pale, zigzag or W-shaped markings in rows along the back of the creamy-fawn body. Each of these markings is usually associated with a black spot which is more obvious on the tail than on the back.
Mourning Geckos will thrive in a medium-sized vertically oriented 15 gallon enclosure. Tightly covered woodland terrarium with plenty of climbing and hiding places like live or silk plants, driftwood, or branches. A clean substrate must retain moisture. A shallow water dish or a misting system will provide the needed water source for drinking and humidity. A heating pad should produce daytime temperatures ranging from 78-86 degrees F.. Nighttime temperatures should range from 72-80 degrees F. The enclosure should be misted daily to produce high humidity.
Geckos primarily eat crickets, moths, flies, cockroaches, and other insects, as well as silkworms, wax worms, and mealworms. Feeding them with gut-loaded or calcium-dusted crickets will help provide sufficient nutrition.
Lepidodactylus lugubris is notable because it is parthenogenic - utilizes asexual reproduction - and there are no remaining males of the species. Females engage in "pseudo-copulation" to produce viable eggs. These eggs are adhered to surfaces in protected locations. Most clutches consist of two eggs, and clutches are laid two to three weeks apart. Hatchlings which emerge are essentially clones of their mother.
great fun, cute little lizards, enjoyable geckos, charming little lizards, life spans
purely nocturnal species, Escape Proof Enclosures
hunting insects, diminutive size, little chirping noises, parthogenetic geckos, unremarkable color
From Kacie Bingham Sep 28 2017 9:59PM
An Exotic Version of the House Gecko
These delightful lizards are somewhat similar to house geckos in size and habits – and even easier to breed. Perhaps this is because there are no males to complicate matters – all are females that produce eggs which hatch into tiny clones of their moms.
Mourning geckos are quite small, and, while they seem to do well in 5 gallon tanks, really come into their own in large, planted terrariums (many hobbyists house them with dart frogs) that are vertically oriented to allow for climbing opportunities. By including numerous live plants and basking/retreat sites, gecko owners can maintain small colonies and enjoy watching group interactions. They are nocturnal, and so if provided a healthful diet with ample Vitamin D3 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 establish a temperature gradient of 75-82 F.
A wide variety of insects supplemented with powdered calcium and vitamins are essential to their well-being. This can be a challenge, as options are limited due to the mourning gecko’s small size. For this reason, owners should plan to provide flightless houseflies, flour beetle larvae, and small wild-caught insects, in addition to calciworms, tiny roaches and crickets, silkworms and other commercially-available insects; crickets and mealworms alone, even if supplemented, will not maintain their health long-term. Commercial nectar mixes sold for use with crested and day geckos (Phelsuma spp.) can be used for one half or more of the diet; they will also accept a homemade slurry containing fruit, baby food, calcium powder and honey..
From findiviglio Nov 5 2015 8:22PM