Is it easy to care for a gecko?
Generally yes, but depends on the type of gecko. Leopard and African Fat Tailed Geckos are among the easiest reptiles to maintain.
Do geckos make good pets?
Yes. They are generally calm and docile animals that don't mind human interaction. They are not dogs, so petting gives you more joy than it does them. They have unique individual personalities and come in all shapes and sizes. They are fun to watch and hold occasionally.
What do I need as far as housing goes?
Both Leopard and African Fat Tailed Gecko housing is very similar. You need a container with a lid that has the floor dimensions of a 10 gallon aquarium. You will need a food dish, a water dish, a moist hide (mist this hide every few days), a second hide, substrate such as reptile carpet/newspaper/paper towels/tile/slate/Eco Earth type/etc. Loose substrate such as sand is not recommended as the gecko may eat it and become impacted. Most importantly, you MUST have belly heat. DO NOT use heat rocks and overhead light is not necessary.
Can I keep more than one gecko together?
Males absolutely not! They will fight and harm or kill each other. Females perhaps. Geckos are solitary animals and tend to do best alone. Females of similar size can be housed together if desired, but monitor their behavior and eating habits to make sure that all are flourishing.
What temperature should I keep the enclosure?
Both Leopard and African Fat Tailed Geckos are similar. Although, African Fat Tailed Geckos like a little more humidity and a couple less degrees than Leopard Geckos. Generally speaking, keep the hot side of the enclosure around 90-92 degrees Fahrenheit and the cool side in the low to mid 80s.
What do I feed my gecko?
Our Leopard Geckos eat almost exclusively mealworms with an occasional hornworm as a treat. Fussy hatchlings may start out on small Dubia roaches, but are switched to mealworms as soon as possible. Our African Fat Tailed Geckos are provided with mealworms and may eat a few from time-to-time, but they tend to eat crickets most of the time. Be sure to provide calcium and vitamin supplements!
How often should I feed my gecko?
Depends on the gecko, but we feed adults every couple/three days as many as they will eat. This is usually 20 or so mealworms. Hatchlings have food available daily, but usually only 5-10 mealworms. The quantity increases and frequency decreases as they grow.
Is breeding easy?
Relatively. As with humans, you need a male and a willing female. Have a plan for the hatchlings before you start. A single Leopard Gecko female can produce 20+ eggs in a season. You will need to incubate these eggs and care for the hatchlings until you find them homes.