Tokay geckos (Gekko gecko) have quickly become one of the most popular pets in homes around the world. Tokay geckos are nocturnal and the second largest gecko growing up to 14 to 15 inches long. They live in the rainforests of northeast India spreading to Bangladesh and Nepal and throughout Southeast Asia such as the Philippines.
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Tokay geckos are becoming extremely popular these days. Unlike other pets, they thrive well in almost every environment. Their husbandry requirements are not that very demanding. All you need is a 10-gallon tank, a heat lamp, and some decorations to house an adult male Tokay gecko. Their food is also widely available. You can buy them in almost every local pet store nationwide. And they don’t eat that much. You can even feed them every other day with 4 to 5 crickets. Maybe this is the reason why more and more are encouraged buying Tokay geckos for a pet.
Tokay geckos are very easy to keep as pets. Maybe this is the reason why more and more people are encouraged to buy them as pets. And if you want to have a great time with your first Tokay gecko, there are, however, a number of things you need to avoid. Tokay gecko care starts from buying your gecko. Below are 4 things you want to avoid when buying your first Tokay gecko.
Buying without reading.
The first thing you need to do is to read everything about Tokay geckos. This really not a problem, you can find several online articles or blogs about Tokay geckos. You may want to learn about their behavior, habitat, food, humidity and heat requirements. You may also want to read additional materials about Tokay gecko health and common health issues that concerns geckos. You can visit online forums and websites dedicated to Tokay gecko care. You can as well interact with long time gecko owners and exchange views and opinions. You can also ask for first hand care tips and tricks that you don’t usually read in articles and books.
Buying without preparing the tank.
Don’t be too excited. Preparing your gecko’s tank is among the basic requirements before buying your first Tokay gecko. You can find several types of Tokay gecko tanks in pet stores nationwide. The type of tank you’ll buy depends on the purpose you have in mind. If you want maximum viewing of your pet, a glass tank makes a perfect choice. If you want to simply keep them with fewer disturbances, you can buy wooden gecko tank with glass front, or a box type gecko tank with screen lid.
Also, you need to set up the tank decorations similar to the natural habitat of Tokay geckos. This means, you need to place plants, dried barks or branches of trees, where they can hide and climb as they please.
And lastly, you need to set up heat lamps to provide them with the right temperature. Tokay geckos are cold blooded animals and being so, they cannot regulate their own body temperature and simply rely on their environment. You may also need to buy thermometer and a thermostat to help you maintain the right temperature.
Buying without checking the health of the Tokay gecko.
If you have done a little research before buying a Tokay gecko, you’ll learn that it is very important to check first the overall appearance and health of the gecko before buying them. You’ll have the necessary skills how to tell a healthy gecko from sick and infected ones. You don’t want to end up buying an infected gecko and spending more money for the medicine and vet fees.
Buying without asking.
If you’re buying a gecko from a pet store there is a great possibility that the gecko is exposed to stress, bacteria, and germs. So it is very important that you verify the origin of the gecko, and its current health. You may want to ask the store attendant where the gecko was caught or from whom they get their supply. Wild caught Tokay geckos are more expose to harmful agents and stress, while captive breeds have lesser exposure to these harmful agents. It is wiser and more practical to buy captive breeds.
By avoiding these common mistakes your Tokay gecko experience will be more exciting and wonderful.
Basically, there are two types of Tokay geckos in the market – the wild caught and the captive bred. Wild caught Tokay geckos are those that were born in their natural habitat to their non-captive parents, and were taken into captivity while captive bred Tokay geckos are those that were born in captivity from captive bred parents this type of Tokay geckos are also known as “domestically bred geckos.” (more…)
Tokay geckos are not ordinary pets that you can simply buy in a pet store and keep inside your home. Geckos have specific requirements to be able to survive in captivity. So, if want to keep a Tokay gecko in captivity successfully you need to know these things before buying your first gecko. (more…)
So you have finally decided to keep a Tokay gecko for a pet – and that’s a good choice! Tokay geckos make excellent pets. They are rather easy to keep unlike a cat or a dog. You can keep Tokay geckos in a much smaller space inside your home and they do not have fur that can make you sneeze, neither you need to walk them. (more…)
Lately, Tokay geckos have been creating a craze in the reptile industry as people are becoming more and more curious about this loud lizard. You might have read about them in a magazine or saw them in one of the reptile expos or your friend already have a Tokay gecko pet and now you’re decided to own one. Buying Tokay gecko is rather easy but what is difficult is choosing a healthy Tokay gecko. When buying a Tokay gecko there are a handful of guidelines you need to follow in to make sure that you choose a healthy and disease-free Tokay gecko, below is a buyer’s guide to help you buy the right Tokay gecko.
Tokay Gecko Buying Tips
When buying a juvenile or a baby Tokay gecko (which is advisable for beginners as they don’t bite hard and are easier to tame) choose those that are alert and move around quickly. It is a good sign that the gecko is healthy and active. However if you’re picking an adult or full grown Tokay gecko, most likely they won’t show too much activity in your presence as they might be used to handling (especially captive bred Tokay geckos). But nonetheless, there are other means how to identify a healthy adult Tokay gecko.
A healthy Tokay gecko has alert eyes, fat tail, and has clean skin. You can also check their cage to see if they are well taken care of. The cage should be clean and not overcrowded. If the Tokay gecko is kept with other geckos as in the case of female Tokay geckos, it is important to check if the other Tokays are free from any disease or illness. Chances are if one of the Tokays is sick, the others are also infected. It is also important that the seller exercise proper sanitation and husbandry.
To help you easily remember the guidelines when buying your first Tokay gecko below is a short Buyer’s Checklist.
Tokay Gecko Buyer’s Checklist:
- Juvenile Tokay geckos must be alert and active on your presence or when being handled.
- The tail of a healthy Tokay gecko should be round and fat, also look for signs of previous tail loss.
- Should have no deformities and no bones must be projecting against the Tokay gecko’s skin.
- Eyes must be alert and bright.
- There should be no signs of scratches, infections, and sores. The skin should be healthy.
- The body of the Tokay gecko should be round and not be skinny (this is an indication that the Tokay is unhealthy).
Buying your first Tokay gecko is rather easy. However, taking care of your Tokay gecko is another thing. It requires not only your time, effort, and money but as well as your dedication and full understanding everything about your Tokay gecko. They are aggressive and quite hard to tame, so if you’re not ready to dedicate yourself in taking care of your Tokay gecko, it is best that you give it a time to think if you’re indeed ready to own your first Tokay gecko.