Acquired: Online breeder / seller,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
New York, United States
Posted Nov 05, 2015
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.).