Read About Gecko Information

Gecko information can help decide if a gecko is the right pet for you. Everything you need to know about them is contained in this article.

Gecko Information - Facts

  1. Description:

    Geckos are small, nocturnal, egg-laying lizards.
  2. Varieties:

    There are over 800 species of geckos. Popular species for pets include (but are certainly not limited to) leopard geckos, Tokay geckos, banded geckos, and spider geckos.
  3. History:

    Geckos, like other reptiles, are believed to have evolved from dinosaurs.
  4. Physical Traits:

    In general, geckos are small lizards. Their eyes are usually large, and many have "sticky" toes that help them run well on smooth surfaces.
  5. Other Defining Characteristics:

    Most geckos are nocturnal.
  6. Habitat:

    The habitat of the gecko is as varied as the number of species. Some live in extremely dry climates, while others prefer more humid, grassy homes.

Gecko Information - Concerns

  1. Benefits:

    Most geckos breed well in captivity.
  2. Liabilities:

    Most male geckos are territorial, so you should not try to house more than one male in an enclosure.
  3. Health Issues:

    Geckos may be infected with parasites and should be checked by a herpetological vet.
  4. Specific Care Needs:

    Different breeds of gecko have specific needs. Most geckos require sufficient space to freely move about, food and water. Many are nocturnal, so you may want to have special lighting to simulate moonlight to encourage daytime activity.
  5. Reaction to Children and other Pets:

    As with any reptile, take care to supervise the animal around children and other pets.
  6. Special Household Needs:

    Due to the risk of salmonella, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommend that households with children under the age of 5 or anyone with an immune system deficiency should not own any type of reptiles or amphibians.

Gecko Information - How to Choose

  1. What to Look for:

    Geckos should have clear, bright eyes and an alert attitude. Their limbs should be well-rounded and their skin free of spots.
  2. Supplies:

    Depending on the breed of gecko, you will need a tank suitable for her size. She will also need some sort of substrate, such as paper towels or newspaper. Some geckos will require a heat source, others may be comfortable with the normal temperature of your home.
  3. Expense:

    Expect to pay anywhere from $25 -- 100 for a gecko, depending on the breed and age. The enclosure and set-up will likely cost around the same amount as the lizard.