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Tokay Gecko care sheet

Housing: a glass terrarium of at least 450x450x600mm

Heating: ambient air temperature of 80-85oF

UVB Lighting: 5.0 UVB fluorescent tube or compact lamp

Diet: omnivorous diet of live food and fruit

Decoration: damp substrate to raise humidity levels

Tokay geckos do well with a glass terrarium as their enclosure. This is because glass is great at allowing heat to escape ensuring that the enclosure stays cool enough. Other enclosures such as wooden vivariums are far too efficient at retaining heat.

The Tokay gecko's vivarium should be at least 600mm in length and 600mm in height. There are 2 main reasons for this; firstly Tokay gecko is going to grow to around 11-16" head to tail so they need a space large enough for them to move around in. Secondly they are an arboreal gecko so they need an enclosure with enough height for them to climb.

 

Tokay geckos require a near constant air temperature of 75-85oF. This is best achieved by sticking a large heatmat on one side of the glass enclosure. This heatmat is regulated using a thermostat to make sure the temperature stays constant.

As the glass is only being heated on one side this also creates a small temperature gradient within the enclosure allowing the gecko to warm itself up or move away to cool down.

If the enclosure is not able to get up to temperature with the heat mat alone a small basking bulb may be implemented in the canopy as long as the temperatures do not exceed 75-85oF.

 

Tokay geckos are reptiles from South-east Asia. Animals that inhabit jungle regions do have some natural cover but still receive a fair amount of UV. Their UVB source should reflect this. In this kind of enclosure lights are generally held in a canopy above the mesh ceiling. In this canopy you can either implement a 5-6% UV tube or the equivelant compact light.

Tokay geckos require UVB in order to synthesise vitamin D3 inside their skin. The vitamin D3 helps the gecko to absorb calcium which crucial for bone structure and growth. This is why reptiles can suffer from metabolic bone disease (MBD) when not provided with adequate UVB.

It is recommended that t5 tubes are replaced every 12 months and compact lamps are replaced every 6 months.

 

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Tokay gecko should be kept on a slightly moist substrate to increase the humidity inside the vivarium. Whilst any loose substrate has the potential to be accidentally swallowed, we have found this to not be a problem with coarse orchid bark and that is what we keep our Tokay geckos on. It is also very easy to clean. If the humidity is not high enough with just this substrate we would recommend adding a small ammount of moss to the enclosure.

Tokay geckos are an arboreal lizard and they do like to climb on top of things to survey their surroundings. The vivarium should be decorated with various pieces of wood or vine to enable them to do this.

The Tokay gecko vivarium can be decorated with artificial plants for a more natural look. Natural wood ornaments look very effective and also provide further perches for the geckos. Trailing plants are very good at disguising electrical wires and equipment, as well as providing cover for young lizards.

 

Tokay geckos are omnivorous but their diet consists mainly live insects with small amounts of fruit. The core of the livefood diet should be high in protien and relatively easy to digest. We have found that brown crickets are the most readily accepted, but you can also use black crickets or locusts (hoppers). On occasion, for variation you can offer other bugs such as mealworms, waxworms or calciworms.

For the fruit portion of the diet we usually feed a complete diet like repashy or a fruit paste.

The vivarium should be misted with water every morning to provide hydration. A water bowl may also be introduced as a source of freshwater.

 

To provide the Tokay gecko with optimal nutrition and to keep them in the best of health, they will require diet supplementaion in the form of calcium, vitamins and minerals. These are most commonly available as powders

Any livefood for the gecko should be 'gut-loaded' with an insect food. This basically involves feeding the livefood a nutrient rich diet before they are fed to the Tokay gecko. Our livefood is delivered to you already gut-loaded but this should be continued at home.

 

If you keep a male and female together, they may breed. You do not need to do anything to encourage this, providing they are healthy and the conditions are good, it will happen naturally. You need to consider whether you want this to happen. What will you do with the babies if you incubate the eggs?

A gravid female should have access to a nesting box to lay her eggs. The box should be large enough that she can fully turn-around inside it. We use a soil mix in there that is wet enough to clump but no more. We have found that Spider Life substrate is ideal.

The eggs should be incubated in an incubator at 82oF. We incubate our eggs in sealed boxes on a moisture rich substrate (such as Hatchrite) to trap the humidity around the eggs. After approximately 70 days the eggs will start to hatch, the first babies to emerge will encourage the rest of the eggs to hatch.