Acquired: Pet store
Posted May 31, 2014
We owned Geico, a Leopard Gecko for about 8 years. He was fun to watch. I say "he", but, I'm not really certain. Gender is very difficult to ascertain.
Gecko's in captivity eat mainly live crickets. These are easily obtainable from a pet store and are not expensive. Do NOT provide your gecko with crickets or anything else found in the yard as these contain mites which WILL kill your gecko.
Our "Geico the Gecko" was fun to watch. If you make a habitat for your gecko that includes places to climb and hide, you will keep him happy. Again, do not obtain branches or anything else from the yard as these contain mites that will kill your gecko. We purchased a heating pad from the pet store that we applied to the bottom exterior of his cage (we used a glass fish tank). The heat is important to geckos as they are cold blooded creatures.
Geico was a great pet for my little girl. Watching him hunt the crickets and eat them was fascinating. Geico didn't really enjoy being handled, but we did handle him a little bit. He would crawl up a sleeve when given the chance. Geckos are a bit slower than other lizards, so, the risk of them scurrying out of site is not very high. However, you do have to watch them like a hawk when out of the cage or they will be off and running.