Southern Europe and northern Africa are home to Mediterranean House Geckos. They have black spots and big oval eyes and are typically purple to tan in colour. This lizard isn’t particularly big, and he makes his home in a tall 20-gallon tank.
Mediterranean House species are usually found near or living within homes or workplaces. This Gecko has also been brought to areas of Texas in the last two decades because of cargo ships that travel between Europe and America.
Mediterranean House Geckos are usually white, light gray or purple to tan in coloration. Their skin is bumpy with darker spots and matching stripes on their tails. The skin on their stomach is usually translucent. Their eyes are large and lidless with vertical pupils.
Mediterranean House Geckos are small but they enjoy living in large spaces. A glass 10-gallon aquarium with a screen lid will work, but a “tall” 20-gallon enclosure is much better. Juvenile and Hatchling tanks can be slightly smaller at 5 gallons.
Add an additional 5 gallons per female gecko if you are housing more than three in a 20-gallon tank. It is not recommended to house other reptiles apart from Common house geckos with this species.
Creating a heat gradient and providing a heated spot for a sleeping gecko can also be accomplished by establishing a dedicated basking spot. Since geckos control their body temperature, having a hot and cold side of the tank is important. Using a heating pad or an incandescent lamp to keep their enclosure warm. In the morning, the tank should be 75°–90°F, and at night, it should be 65°–75°F.
Place heating elements only in one half the tank – this will help to create a heat gradient.
Mediterranean House geckos need ultraviolet light, so full-spectrum UVB-emitting fluorescent reptile bulbs would be an ideal to be placed into the tank. UV light should be provided for 10 to 12 hours. As a rule of thumb, change the bulbs every six months. During that time, the UVB rays, which are translucent, cease emitting.
For all times, humidity should be between 60 and 75 percent. Every day, mist down their cage with a spray bottle to keep the humidity up – reach for the walls, not your lizard. To raise the humidity, you can add live plants or bring their water dish closer to the basking spot.
Reptile carpet can be used as a substrate, but it would need to be changed on a regular basis due to the bacteria it will harbor. Paper towels or newspapers are the safest options.
Three days a week, paper-based substrates can be replaced.
What makes Mediterranean House gecko such a great beginner Gecko is that it may already want to live in your house. They are hardy and very comfortable living with humans. For beginners in Europe and Northern Africa they make a great first-time pet.
A submissive gecko will retreat or freeze, while an aggressor will snap its mouth, lunge or bite. In displays of dominance, two geckos will face off and squeak – this is common in males.
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
- Respiratory infection: Lethargy, loss of appetite, or open-mouth breathing
- 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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