Chinese cave geckos are an amazing lizard that we recommend all the time. The combination of their looks and low-maintenance nature makes them a great choice for reptile-enthusiasts of all experience levels.
Chinese Caves are from the same genus as the Leopard. They are not as common as their Leopard Gecko cousins, but they are just as easy to care for. These lizard are usually brown to purple in color with black and yellow bands and spots.
The tail of the Chinese cave gecko is thick and bulbous. The fatter the tail, the better. These lizards use the tail to store fat. The fat is then used as a source of fuel when food is sparse.
In comparison to other reptile species, Chinese cave gecko treatment is surprisingly easy. Their lighting and temperature requirements are more comfortable due to their nocturnal lifestyle.
The ease of treatment is cited by many owners as the primary reason for purchasing these lizards. The combination of their distinct appearance and low-maintenance disposition is unbeatable!
Another advantage of caring for Chinese cave geckos is that they only take a small enclosure. In a shallow 10-gallon bath, a single gecko would be perfect. If you have the room, we always suggest upgrading to a 15 or 20-gallon tank.
Unlike many other geckos, Chinese cave geckos enjoy colder temperatures. It’s critical to use lights or an under-tank heat mat to create a temperature gradient. Heat emitters are also effective (though they are more effective if you live in an environment with cooler winters).
Here are the temperatures to remember:
- The cooler side of the enclosure should be between 65°F and 75°F.
- The warmer side should exceed this, but shouldn’t rise beyond 80°F.
Make it a routine to monitor the temperature at least twice a day (it’s easy to fall into this habit). This lizard’s health may be jeopardized by so much sun.
If the enclosure does not have access to natural light, lighting is required. Cave geckos in China are nocturnal. They do, however, need a cycle of light to maintain their internal clocks. If you’re using lights, make sure they’re switched off as the sun sets. UVB lights are not required because they are nocturnal. Any owners want to use them as a precaution.
But these lizards typically stay in their hides during the day. So, it would be no use to them!
The enclosure’s humidity should be between 50 and 60 percent. They can tolerate up to 80% of their body weight in periods of shedding (this can help them through the process).
Humidity levels, including temperatures, should be checked on a daily basis. Excessive humidity can cause respiratory infections and other severe health problems (more on that in a later section).
Natural furniture is ideal for these lizards in general. Begin at the bottom of the enclosure with a substrate that can accommodate a small amount of moisture. This will aid in the preservation of humidity levels. Cypress mulch, a sand and peat moss blend, or coco fiber would both work well. Sphagnum moss may also be used. Things like cat litter and dirt can be avoided.
Chinese cave geckos are docile in general. At first, they can seem shy. However, they aren’t known to bite their owners too much. The fact that these lizards can work well in groups is a plus!
In bigger classes, juveniles do well. You may hold several females in the same habitat with a single male as an adult. It is not advisable to house two males together, as they will occasionally fight and tear off their tails.
Expect to see your Chinese cave gecko just a few times during the day. They are nocturnal, as previously said. When the light levels drop, they will emerge from hiding. They’ll spend some time climbing and running around the ecosystem to control temperature at this stage.
There are a few things you should look out for when taking a gecko as pet. Such as:
- Parasitic infection: Cause weight loss, bloody stools, vomiting, and skin disorders
- Metabolic bone disease: Caused by a calcium and vitamin D deficiency leads to weakened bones
- Skin issues: A rash, symptomatic of a parasitic infection; uneven or difficulty shedding which may be caused by inadequate enclosure humidity
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