Read About Flying Geckos

Flying geckos make admirable display reptiles for terrariums. Everything you need to know about them is contained in this article.

Flying Geckos - Facts

  1. Description:

    Flying geckos can grow to 8-inches in length. In reality, these "flying geckos" cannot actually fly. When distressed, these flying geckos will glide short distances to protect themselves. As with most tree dwelling or arboreal geckos, it is best not to touch or handle these geckos frequently. Their skin is sensitive and can be damaged easily.
  2. Varieties:

    There are several varieties of geckos. Besides the flying geckos, there are the Tokay gecko and the Leopard gecko, to name a few.
  3. History:

    Flying geckos, which are lizards, belong to the reptile family. They have the specific name Gekkonidae. They thrive in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world.
  4. Physical Traits:

    One of the unusual traits of flying gecko is the way They use their tongue to test objects. They also have the presence of calcium deposits visible on the underside of the neck region. These deposits contain a milky solution of calcium carbonate. Geckos have four legs and will stand on their hind legs and wiggle their tails to communicate. They also chirp to communicate.
  5. Other Defining Characteristics:

    Geckos have adhesive pads on their toes to make them excellent climbers. They also have hair-like claws which are forked on the end. The gecko's skin formation is scaly. They will shed off this skin in one piece.
  6. Habitat:

    Flying geckos require a 15-20 gallon terrarium with a screen lid which is essential for proper air exchange. This enclosure must include a basking area with climbing branches. You also need to have a suitable hiding area and a cool area to allow for thermoregulation. An excellent item to use with flying geckos is cork bark. This bark can be layered to allow many hiding and foraging places.

Flying Geckos - Concerns

  1. Benefits:

    Daily misting of the habitat is beneficial to the flying geckos to help maintain the humidity level.
  2. Liabilities:

    Although flying geckos are usually healthy, they do have some ailments. Hematodes and cestodes have been found inside sick or dead geckos
  3. Health Issues:

    Flying geckos will remain healthy if you supply them a diet consisting of crickets, mealworms and wax worms. A shallow water bowl should be provided and changed daily. You should feed flying geckos 3-4 times per week.
  4. Specific Care Needs:

    Flying geckos require ultraviolet lighting to maintain good health. This lighting is recommended for 12-hours per day. You can use a timer to assist in maintaining an accurate schedule of light periods.
  5. Reaction to Children and other Pets:

    Small children can handle these geckos but only under the supervision of an adult.
  6. Special Household Needs:

    An ideal daytime temperature should range between 75 and 80 degrees. Flying geckos will also need a basking lamp. Nighttime temperature can remain between 70 and 75 degrees. Humidity for flying geckos should be maintained at 75 percent or higher.

Flying Geckos - How to Choose

  1. What to Look for:

    Look for a healthy flying gecko that is alert and energetic before you buy one.
  2. Supplies:

    You will need a terrarium, basking stone, thermometer, heater, lights, natural bark, and feed for your geckos.
  3. Expense:

    Flying geckos can be pricey as they are considered exotic.