Read About Australian Geckos

Australian Geckos are plentiful and make unique pets. Everything you need to know about them is contained in this article.

Australian Geckos - Facts

  1. Description:

  2. Varieties:

    Australia has more than 50 types of geckos, which includes the recommended Binoe's Gecko, Southwest Spiny-tailed Gecko, and the Northern Spiny-tailed Gecko.
  3. History:

    The varied species and massive population of geckos in Australia suggest that they have been there a long time. Research suggests they have been in Australia longer than most other lizard groups.
  4. Physical Traits:

    The physical traits of the Australian geckos are as widely varied as the species themselves. One common trait of all geckos is that their tails will fall off easily as a defense mechanism. The tail will grow back, but usually not the same shape or color. Most geckos have large eyes and no eyelids. Their toes can have claws, pads, or both.
  5. Other Defining Characteristics:

    Most geckos have "voices" with which they will make a barking sound.
  6. Habitat:

    In Australia, most geckos live in the jungle, forests, deserts, and even peoples houses. Some people tolerate them in the house because they will eat other household pests. For privacy, geckos like to hide under rocks and in holes.

Australian Geckos - Concerns

  1. Benefits:

    Many geckos live 10-20 years and allows for a long friendship with your gecko.
  2. Liabilities:

    You should make sure you have time to care for a gecko. They can require some extra treatment and maintenance. You will need to keep their home well cleaned to keep it bacteria-free.
  3. Health Issues:

    Many geckos carry the Salmonella bacteria. You must take care to use good personal hygiene around a gecko by cleaning any surface exposed to a gecko. You should always wash your hands appropriately after handling your gecko for your own protection.
  4. Specific Care Needs:

    Since most geckos like to eat moths, spiders, and insects, you should not be adverse to handling bugs.
  5. Reaction to Children and other Pets:

    You should never house two male geckos together. When handling a gecko, children must be supervised. If provoked, Geckos may bite their handler.
  6. Special Household Needs:

    To allow your gecko the freedom of moving around your home, you will need to gecko-proof your home for anything that might pose a danger for your gecko.

Australian Geckos - How to Choose

  1. What to Look for:

    You need to research what the characteristics of your gecko. Through this research, you can tell whether your gecko is acting as expected.
  2. Supplies:

    the supplies you need to care for your gecko will depend on the type of gecko that you purchase. You will need a cage filled with objects for the gecko to hide in.
  3. Expense:

    It can be very expensive to own a gecko. The price for the gecko itself will vary between the type chosen, the supplies and equipment required for its living space, in addition to any medical visits.