If you have decided to buy Tokay gecko to be your new pet, there are several important things to consider before purchasing and caring for your new buddy. This article will help you through taking care of your gecko and provide you some suggestions too.
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Good husbandry is very important in keeping your Tokay gecko happy and healthy. This would include the right type of enclosure, properly installed lighting and heaters, tank decorations, healthy diet, supplementation, and regular cage maintenance. Poor husbandry can lead to several health issues and in worst cases – leads to the premature death of Tokay geckos. Below are 5 common husbandry issues that can lead to the death of your Tokay gecko. You may want to avoid these common mistakes of some gecko owners.
“Use your eyes and your nose to tell if your Tokay gecko is clean.”
Tokay geckos are generally clean, they don’t make a lot of digging, or disruption of the substrate, but they poop a lot and their shedding makes the tank looks dirty. In their natural habitat, these things give no particular problem to geckos that are always on the run. But in captivity, these habits can really turn in to a big problem. It can lead to a harmful environment. Bacteria and other harmful pathogens will soon breed in unsanitary environment. So to keep the situation under control, keep in mind that the health of your gecko is often reflected on their physical appearance. (more…)
Tokay geckos shed their skin often (at least once a year). Geckos, like other reptiles, enormously shed their skin at once. And throughout this period, it can be very exasperating to your Tokay gecko and at times it is best to help them feel a little comfortable so they can shed their skin easily and lessen the stress brought about by the shedding process. (more…)
Careful monitoring of your pets’ health is critical if you wanted them to be with you the longest possible time. Just like any of your pets, you needed careful attention on your Tokay Gecko’s health and wellbeing from the time you acquire them. Research on their different behavior and experience over time would be very beneficial both for you and your Tokay Gecko. Changes in their behavior are indicative of any changes in the way they feel or what their environment makes them feel.
Preventing Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD) in Tokay Geckos
Calcium deficiencies are common heath issue in Tokay geckos which may lead to serious health issues like Metabolic Bone Disease or MBD. Like any other reptiles, Tokay geckos need calcium for them to grow and produce healthy eggs. Calcium is an important mineral to a reptile’s health but giving them with a bowl of calcium daily doesn’t guarantee that they absorb or get the right amount of calcium. It is important to note however, that calcium absorption is a process that involves other processes to be able to efficiently deliver calcium in the system. Other than giving your Tokay geckos a daily dose of calcium it is also important that your Tokay geckos have enough Vitamin D3 in their system. Vitamin D3 is naturally produced in a reptile’s body when exposed to UVB (ultraviolet light B) which can be done using UVB lighting or exposing your Tokay geckos to natural sunlight. UVB rays trigger the kidneys of reptiles to create vitamin D3 which is delivered into their bloodstream and enable the cells to absorb calcium. It may sound very simple, right? But still some Tokay gecko and reptile owners fail to provide their pet with the adequate amount of calcium which leads to MBD. Why? Let us try to look at the common (mal)practices done by some Tokay gecko and reptile owners. (more…)
In their natural habitat, Tokay geckos and other reptiles have access to a wide variety of food sources, often, more varied and sometimes even more nutritious than those foods breeders and gecko owners feed their pets in captivity. Consequently, Tokay geckos in captivity are often fed solely of store bought worms and crickets often deficient of important minerals and vitamins. Wild crickets, worms, and other insects in the wild usually have much complete and more varied gut loads than those crickets and worms bred in farms. Further, wild Tokay geckos can feed on as much as a dozen diverse species of insects in a particular day whereas geckos in captivity typically survive on only a small number of frequently available insects and worms.
The sad truth about killing mites is that – any chemicals that kill mites will also kill your Tokay gecko. And the temperature that can kill mites can also kill your Tokay. You can drown mites, but if you’re not careful enough, they’ll simply scamper up your Tokay and surface from the water, usually crowding around the eyes and the nose of your gecko until you take your Tokay out of the water. Mites usually hide, feed, and breed between the dorsal crests of your Tokays and inside the folds of their soft skin around the armpits, the neck and ears.
Tokay geckos, like other reptiles are very vulnerable to mites when neglected. Generally, mites are not fatal. However, mite’s infestation may cause inflammation, irritation, shedding problem and bacterial infection on the skin. Heavy infestation on hatchlings and young Tokays may cause chronic anemia and serious immune suppression which can be fatal when not treated immediately. Mites are also known to carry infectious agents like, stomatitis, Aeromonas hydrophilia, and other viruses.
Treating your pet's enclosures from mites is much easier than treating your Tokay geckos. But before you start fumigating the enclosures and everything in it, you need to place your Tokay gecko somewhere else where it is safe and away from the chemicals.