Everything You Need to Know About Tokay Gecko

Closeup of a Tokay Gecko (Gecko gecko).

The Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko) is a fascinating creature with many admirable traits, such as its enormous size, tasty meat, and bright colors. It’s also one of the most popular lizards to keep as a pet in the world today.

In this article, we’ll be going over some of the things you need to know about Tokay Geckos in order to take care of them properly, which includes their lifespan, diet and feeding schedule, enclosure requirements, and so much more! Let’s get started!

 

Why choose a tokay gecko?

If you’re looking for a pet that requires less attention than a dog or cat but don’t want an animal that will spend all its time hiding in a tank, then consider adopting or buying a tokay gecko. These small lizards require little space and minimal upkeep, but they make fantastic pets with interesting personalities.

They are also relatively inexpensive and readily available. In fact, there are two types of tokay geckos available in most pet stores—the golden-eyed (Gekko maculatus) and black-eyed (Gekko oculatus). Both are equally easy to care for, but they do have some differences between them.

Let’s take a look at what makes these creatures so unique! The lifespan of a tokay gecko is about ten years on average, though many live much longer. This is one reason why they make such good pets—they stick around long enough for owners to really get attached!

Of course, it is important to note that their lifespan can vary depending on how well they are cared for.

 

How long do they live?

With proper care, geckos can live between 12 and 15 years in captivity. It’s not unusual for a well-cared-for gecko to reach age of 18 or even 20. How big do they get?: The average adult size is about 8 inches long from nose to tail tip.

Males are generally smaller than females, but their tails are longer. What do they eat?: Geckos need a diet that includes crickets, mealworms, waxworms, super worms (Zophobas morio), roaches (Blaptica dubia), and other insects as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. They also need vitamin supplements that contain calcium carbonate with D3 added.

How much space should I give them?

Tokays require at least an aquarium with dimensions of 24 by 16 by 16 inches for one animal; add another 4 inches per additional animal. What temperature do they need?: The ideal daytime temperature is about 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and nighttime temperatures can drop into the 70s.

What else do they need? Tokay geckos are arboreal, so you’ll want to provide a tall, sturdy tree branch (make sure it’s stable!) as well as a secure hide box that allows your gecko to climb in and out on its own. A water dish large enough for soaking is also important.

Other things to consider, these lizards are nocturnal, so they may be less active during daylight hours when you’re awake. They make chirping sounds when happy or stressed, but these noises shouldn’t bother most people—they sound like tiny bird calls!

However, if these noises really bother you or anyone who lives with you, try playing some soft music or white noise at night to mask them.

 

What does a baby look like?

Baby geckos tend to be small, about an inch long, and rather skittish. They will eat insects from day one and are quite capable of catching them on their own. Because they are so small, it is common for a keeper to feed their hatchling crickets or mealworms by hand at first, until they get bigger and bolder.

A baby gecko’s coloration tends to be muted with shades of brown, tan, grey, and cream. However, many juvenile geckos will have brighter spots and bands that fade as they age. Babies can also display more blue coloring than adults do.

Once your little guy has grown up a bit (usually around six months), he’ll begin developing his adult coloration—and you’ll probably find yourself falling in love all over again!

 

How much do they cost?

The average gecko costs $35, but there are lots of factors that can change that price. The size of a gecko, for example, usually dictates how much it will cost. The bigger it is, obviously, the more you’ll have to pay. An adult, for example, will cost much more than an infant or juvenile.

Some breeders may also ask for an adoption fee if they think their pets deserve some extra care and attention as they transition into your home. And, of course, certain colors and patterns tend to be more expensive than others.

For example, a red-eyed leopard gecko will likely cost more than one with brown eyes. It all depends on what kind of deal you can find! Check out this article for fun facts about gerbils.

 

Housing requirements

The optimal terrarium size for a pair of adult geckos is 24 x 12 x 12. The bottom of your cage should be lined with aspen or other shredded wood shavings (aspen will hold humidity well, while also making cleaning easier).

In addition, your cage should contain an area where heat can be provided (such as with a ceramic heat emitter and a basking lamp) and areas where cool can be provided. A shallow water dish should be placed in one of these cooler areas, but it must not become moldy.

A good rule of thumb is that if you wouldn’t drink from it yourself, don’t let your gecko drink from it either!

Finally, you’ll want to include multiple climbing branches throughout your enclosure; one per animal would be ideal. These should be positioned so that they hang over at least half of your gecko’s territory, providing him with more options for basking and escaping potential threats.

Be sure to provide plenty of hiding spots for your animals—ideally, there should be at least two hiding spots per animal. If possible, create a shelter out of PVC pipe or some other material (you can even cut up flower pots) so that they have somewhere warm to retreat during colder months.

 

Common health issues and their treatment

In general, geckos are very hardy and relatively easy to care for. However, many issues can arise that may lead to a decline in health or even death. These are just some of them. If you’re planning on adopting a gecko, it’s important that you know what these issues are so you can prevent them from happening at all.

Unfortunately, we cannot cover every issue here as there is simply too much info out there! Instead, check out our list of resources at the end of this post. They will provide you with more information about gecko care than any other source available online.

The first thing you should do before getting your new pet is thoroughly researched their care requirements. Without proper care, they could die within weeks! Fortunately, though, most geckos are resilient creatures who can survive if their needs aren’t met—they won’t thrive but they won’t die either.

Still, you want to make sure your new friend lives a long and healthy life.

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