Acquired: Online breeder / seller,
Bred animal myself,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
New York, United States
Posted Nov 04, 2015
Crocodile or Moorish geckos make ideal pets for “night-owls”. Although their history in the pet trade is not very extensive, they appear quite hardy when provided with proper care.
Ideally, these interesting little geckos should be kept in 10-20 gallon terrariums with a dry substrate and plenty of climbing opportunities, as they are highly arboreal. By including numerous cork bark rolls, branches and basking/retreat sites, gecko owners can enjoy watching male-female interactions and, perhaps, breeding behavior (single-male groups are the safest option). They are nocturnal, and so if provided a healthful diet 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 basking site of 85-86 F.
A varied diet comprised of roaches, crickets, hornworms, sow bugs, butter worms, calciworms and wild-caught insects, along with vitamin/mineral supplements, is essential to their well-being; crickets and mealworms alone will not suffice.