Breeding your Tokay geckos is relatively easy. However, this doesn’t mean that you’ll simply mate a male and a female Tokay gecko and leave everything to fate. Tokay gecko breeding requires certain rules to follow to be able to yield healthy offspring from the breeding.
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Because of the growing popularity of Tokay geckos in the pet trade, more and more people are encouraged to buy them as pets. However, before you finally decide to buy your first Tokay gecko, there are a lot of important things you need to know about these lovely creatures – especially the food they eat.
In the sub-urban and much more in the rural areas of the tropics where rain forests still abound and remain not so much disturbed yet many interesting creatures continue flourish just like old time legends and beliefs. Some old ways may have changed over time however some beliefs still linger. The rural atmosphere in many areas remains and lingers to this day. One eerie experience any native or tourist would definitely recall is the evening concerts of other living creatures that thrive in the heart of nature.
Nowadays a large number of Tokay gecko owners eventually decide to produce offspring from their geckos. Breeding their beloved pets and seeing the miracle of a new life can be very rewarding and among the most satisfying hobbies and no question about it.
Tokay geckos have big appetites and are very aggressive eaters. Preferably, Tokay geckos must be fed in small quantities but recurrently as opposed to occasional massive feeding. Live food items (crickets and mealworms) must be "gut loaded" at least 24 hours before you feed them to your Tokay geckos. Gut loading simply means feeding your live food items such as crickets and mealworms or other food item with vitamin rich foods (such as fruits, vegetables, dog food etc.), so that when your gecko eats them, they get the added nutritional value from the food they eat.
If you truly want to understand your Tokay gecko’s behavior, it is best that you get to know some of their common communication cues. There are three ways how a Tokay gecko communicates. First is by using body language, next by chemicals and lastly by sounds. You can tell through these communication cues if your Tokay gecko feels threaten, excited, or agitated.
What do you think makes life interesting for your Tokay Gecko? Life would not be worth living even us humans if there is nothing worth our interest or if nothing is interests us at all. Yes, you have provided a perfect habitat for your Tokay Gecko with a good sized basking rock, tree branches or small plants to climb on, black light when the weather is cold or a temperature controller, flowing water fountain for drinking and moisture, and some other state of the art accessories, what else can make your Tokay Gecko’s life very interesting? Of course, food! Tokay Geckos do not appreciate too much attention and handling. Although they can be tamed, they normally bite and almost at all times attempt to escape. Handling care is greatly advised since geckos let go of their tails easily to attempt escape and even if they would eventually grow back in time, they will not look as beautiful as ever.
How to Keep Tokay’s Tank Warm at Night
Tokay geckos, like other reptiles and gecko species, need an environment that is warmer than the normal room temperature. Ideally, Tokays require an enclosure with a warm area (usually at 85F or above) and a relatively cooler area (at 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit) to help your Tokay geckos control their body temperature and have proper digestion. Tokay geckos and other nocturnal geckos can tolerate lower temperature at night. However, this doesn’t mean that they don’t require heat at night. Daytime and nighttime temperatures should be maintained properly to keep your Tokays healthy and comfortable especially at night time – when they are more active and hunt for their food.
If this is your first time to own a Tokay gecko, then most likely you have seen and observed some amazing and bizarre behaviors from your Tokays which sparked your curiosity. Each of these body languages or behaviors is usually indicative of something. This article will try to explain some of the common behaviors of Tokay geckos which will help you understand your Tokay geckos and help you become a better pet owner.