Acquired: Online breeder / seller,
Bred animal myself,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
New York, United States
Posted Nov 15, 2015
Although quite small, these interesting little East African natives 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, an experienced gecko owner can maintain small colonies and enjoy watching group interactions and, perhaps, breeding behavior (single-male groups are the safest option).
A wide variety of insects supplemented with powdered calcium and vitamins are essential for proper nutrition. This can be a challenge, as options are limited due to the dwarf gecko’s small size. For this reason, they are best kept only by experienced lizard owners who can provide flightless house flies and small wild-caught insects, in addition to calciworms, tiny roaches and crickets, silkworms and other commercially-available insects. Nectar mixes containing fruit, baby food, and honey should also be provided, and many individuals will accept commercial nectar mixes sold for use with crested and day geckos (Phelsuma spp.).