up to 6"
Ideal daytime temperature
for house geckos should range between 75 and 85 degrees. Additionally, a basking lamp should be used on one end of the enclosure
to maintain a local temperature of 90-95 degrees. Nighttime temperature should remain between 65 and 75 degrees. The humidity
for house geckos should be maintained at 75 percent.
Most geckos require
ultraviolet lighting to maintain good health. Although nocturnal (mainly active at night) geckos don't require ultraviolet
lighting, if it is part of the habitat design, it is recommended for 12 hours per day. The use of a timer will assist in maintaining
an accurate schedule of lighting periods.
House geckos do well
on a diet consisting of a variety of vitamin/calcium dusted insects such as crickets, mealworms and waxworms. A shallow water
bowl should be provided and changed daily. Adult house geckos should be fed 3-4 times per week, some juveniles can be fed
twice daily during their growing period.
maintenance requires a 10 gallon terrarium. A screen lid is essential to proper air exchange. House geckos are arboreal (tree
dwelling). Therefore, their habitat should emulate thier natural surroundings. The enclosure must include a basking area with
several climbing branches, a suitable hiding area, and a "cool" area to allow for thermoregulation. Cork bark is an excellent
item to use with house geckos. The bark can be "layered" to allow the gecko many hiding and foraging areas. Artificial and
natual plants also help to create a natual look. House geckos can be housed with simular species. If more than one reptile
is being housed in a single enclosure, it is important to observe any aggressive behavior. If aggressive behavior is noted,
the reptiles should be seperated.
Bed-A-Beast is an
ideal substrate for house gecko terrariums.
Since they are typically
gentle inhabitants, house geckos are one of the most popular small geckos used in mixed terrarium exhibits. Due to their small,
delicate frame, house geckos should not be handled frequently.