Choosing a Pet Gecko - Reptiles Magazine

A Great Introduction to Geckos As Pets, Complete With a List of Gecko Types.
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There are many types of geckos. With over 700 species and 80 genera they range in various sizes and types. We have native geckos in North America, such as the Western Banded Gecko (Colemogy) of the very southwest U.S. The native species and others such as Hemidactylus are not routinely sold as pets. In Colorado it is illegal to catch wildlife of any species and house them as pets. The Leopard Gecko is the most common Gecko sold as a pet. Eubelpharis macularius (Leopard Gecko) is native to the area around Pakistan, yet most all of the geckos are captive bred in the states. Sometimes the African fat-tail gecko and the crested gecko are kept as pets. The Australian Knob-tailed geckos have two varieties; the smooth variety needs more humidity than the rough skin. There also is the Tokay gecko, also called the “vice-grip of lizards” and does not make a good pet. The Tropical geckos are also a little “wilder” than the over species. A tropical gecko can be a fat-tailed, a fan-footed, a day, a golden and/or a leaf-tail species. This handout is for the leopard gecko.
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Exact duplication of a wild diet in a captive setting is not a likely option. However, providing a variety of food choices such as crickets, mealworms, silkworms, waxworms and locusts goes a long way toward giving geckos the nutritional variety they require to remain healthy. The bulk of a captive gecko's diet should come from crickets, as the various types of worms geckos enjoy eating do not offer the same level of nutrition as do insects. Fruit flies are like candy to baby geckos -- only they're nutritional. Give adult geckos a pinkie, which is the pet trade industry name for a one-day-old mouse, once a week to simulate their wild habit of eating small rodents. Geckos of all types make excellent pets for reptile lovers of all ages.
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Photo provided by FlickrJun 25, 2014 - Below is a list of a few different types of leopard geckos and a few leopard gecko morphs that are available in today's pet market.
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The various species of geckos are known to communicate via a series of clicks and chirps – a very unique trait amongst animals of the lizard family. The gecko species list is very large and spans over 1200 different types and most of them are very popular pets.Temperament:
Marbled geckos are one of the boldest types of geckos sold as pets. They are mildly sociable, and with daily contact, they can become comfortable with their owner and with being handled. However, they are not animals that will enjoy constant handling or affection. Marbled geckos are not given to undue aggression or biting, if they feel threatened they will usually attempt to run away and hide; however, if cornered they will bite and scratch. Marbled geckos are nocturnal, so are most active at night and sleep during the day. They are very quiet reptiles and their nocturnal habitats will not disturb most people. Male marbled geckos are territorial and must be kept solitary or with females; two male marbled geckos will fight to the death. Marbles geckos are a good choice for novice reptile owners.History:
The Marbled gecko is a type of lizard that is native to the humid hot forests and jungles of southern Australia, and northern New Zealand. Marbled geckos are one of the most popular types of pet geckos as they are attractive, easy to care for, excellent for novice reptile owners and they are very hardy and resistant to illness.With such a large and diverse selection of gecko lizards, it's just a matter of finding the gecko species that is right for you. This list of gecko species includes many of the popular pets, each has information and care for the individual gecko species. For information on all different types of lizards in the Gekkonidae group, see: