It’s World Gecko Day! Geckos may not be quite as popular as dogs and cats, but they are very cute and fun little pets. A local Bucks County, PA veterinarian discusses these adorable lizards below.
Choosing A Gecko
There are over 1500 types of geckos. That’s a lot of lizards! However, there are just a few that really make great pets. At the top of the list are the charming Leopard gecko, the Crested gecko, and the African Fat-Tailed gecko. Other geckos you may find in pet stores include the Chinese Cave gecko, Giant Day gecko, Gargoyle gecko, Frog-Eyed gecko, Gold Dust Day gecko, and Madagascar Ground gecko. They’re all a little different, so do some research before picking one.
Like most reptiles, geckos must be kept in tanks or terrariums with specific environmental conditions. The exact size and conditions you need will depend on what type of gecko (or geckos) you have. You’ll need to add substrate, such as reptile carpet; hide boxes; and accessories, such as climbing rocks or branches. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Geckos are actually very interesting. One unique thing about them is the fact that many of them make noise. Some bark, some hiss, and some sort of squeak. Another neat thing about geckos? Their adhesive toe pads are self-cleaning, and will stick to almost everything. The exception? Dry Teflon.
Benefits of Geckos
These tiny dinosaurs have some quite unique and appealing traits. They don’t make a lot of noise, don’t need training, and are typically quite gentle. An attractive reptile tank can also make a fascinating conversation piece. As long as you maintain the terrarium properly, you won’t have to deal with any smells or messes. They’re also good choices for people with allergies.
Things To Consider
There are a few downsides to choosing a pet gecko. The biggest one, for many people, is their diet. Geckos eat live bugs, which may be a dealbreaker for some. If you aren’t prepared to regularly purchase creepy-crawlies like waxworms and crickets, a gecko probably isn’t right for you. You’ll also need to maintain your pet’s habitat, and have a backup option in case of a power loss. Longevity is also something to consider. Some geckos can live 20 years!
Do you want to learn more about gecko care? Contact us, your Bucks County, PA pet hospital, anytime!