Tokay geckos are the second largest species, they are known for their bright colors and spots. Tokay geckos are voracious eaters that can be served crickets, mealworms, waxworms, grasshoppers, and cockroaches, among other insects. Pinky mice may be taken by larger tokays. These geckos are not suitable for beginners or young children as they are known for being clever and will bite if they feel threatened.
Tokay gecko need a 20-gallon tank for their sizable body. Provide some decorations such as sturdy branches for your gecko to climb and add artificial plants to live up the mood. Make sure your tank has a tight-fitting lid. Tokay geckos are powerful creatures that can try to flee if the chance arises.
Use an incandescent bulb for heat during the day while a nocturnal reptile bulb or ceramic heat element at night to mimic the day-night cycle. Aim for 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Heat provided from above the tank is preferable for the geckos are known for climbing.
Since tokay geckos are nocturnal, UVB-emitting lamps are usually unnecessary, but some experts claim that a low level of UV light may support their overall health. A red bulb suitable enough for you to see your gecko at night when it’s most active without interrupting the animal’s natural day-night cycle.
Tokay geckos prefer a high degree of humidity, about 70%. Do not allow it to fall below 50%. Maintain humidity with misting, a water-retaining substrate, and a bucket of water. However, make sure the tank has enough ventilation because a wet atmosphere will cause health problems. Using a hygrometer, determine the humidity level.
The layer that forms the bottom of your gecko’s tank is called substrate. Certain substrates can imitate the look and sound of a gecko’s natural habitat, which helps to retain humidity. Because of their moisture-retaining properties, orchid bark or coconut husk-based substrate are fine alternatives. You may also use paper towels to assist with cleaning while the gecko is shedding.
Tokay geckos are nocturnal, which means they spend the most of their time awake at night. Your gecko will sleep in a head-down posture throughout the day. These geckos are considered to be fiercely aggressive in the wild. Males, in particular, can attack any animals they consider to be a threat, including other tokay geckos. Moreover, these geckos have a reputation for being abrasive and capable of inflicting a painful bite. They can become less violent with normal contact, but they are usually difficult to handle.
There are a few things you should look out for when taking a gecko as pet. Such as:
- Stomatitis: A reddish appearance around the mouth.
- Respiratory infection: Excessive saliva dropping from its mouth
- Skin infection: Parasitic infection look like a rash and can give your gecko some hard time during shedding.
- Internal parasite: Can cause sluggish, unusual fecal deposits and change in appetite.
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