Yellow-Headed Day are different from many Day Geckos because of their slim size, bright neon stripes and social behavior with other lizards. Because of their social behavior it is possible to house multiple females. Adults grow to just four inches. But, despite this they need a large tank to show the full range of their energy and personality.
The fact that these Yellow-Headed Day geckos are small as adults does not mean they should be kept in small spaces. A minimum size for an enclosure should be at least a 10-gallon tank, but they do well in larger terrariums if space allows. They may also be kept in standard glass aquariums, but daily cleaning could be more difficult without a front opening cage.
This is normally the better option for smaller cage configurations, since you will use lower wattage basking bulbs to avoid overheating the cage. Temperatures in the basking spot should be in the low 90s, while the cage’s coolest hand should be in the low 70s. If the temperature in your home drops below 70 degrees at night, it’s a good idea to turn on any nighttime heating. Yellow-headed Day geckos needed a humid climate.
A 40 or 60 watt Nightlight Red bulb should be sufficient and bear in mind that the cage should be kept at a temperature of no more than 75 degrees at night.
Yellow-headed Day 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.
You should spray your Yellow-Headed Day geckos’ cage every day in addition to providing a bowl of fresh, filtered water on a regular basis. One way to introduce humidity to the air is to use a hand spray bottle or a pressure sprayer. In the end, it doesn’t matter if you apply humidity to the cage; what matters is that you add additional moisture and humidity at least twice a day.
The kind of substrate you choose for the Yellow-Headed Day geckos is determined by how you set up their enclosure. A planted, naturalistic vivarium not only looks the finest, it also meets the needs of your geckos admirably. Expect to use a mixture of hydroton balls for irrigation, polyfoam as a divider between your drainage and planting layers, and a nutritious soil mix for your live plants in a naturalistic vivarium.
A substrate that retains humidity and is easy to clean is suitable in a cage of artificial plants. Cypress mulch, orchid bark, Ecoearth, and other compressed coconut husk products are examples. It’s not a bad idea to try out a few different styles of bedding before settling on one.
Yellow-Headed Day geckos are active during the day. They are normally very small, and handling them is not recommended due to their sensitive skin. Handling may stress them out, and as a result, they can shed their tail as a defense mechanism. If they feel threatened, they will bite, but this is a last resort. Two male geckos are not suitable for one tank as male geckos are known to be territorial.
Climbing is a strong suit for these geckos. Their toe pads are covered in tiny filaments called setae that allow them to adhere to almost any surface, including glass walls and ceilings. Day geckos need special care and treatment on a daily basis. For those with previous reptile-keeping experience should consider this lizard.
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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