Caring for the Mediterranean House Gecko

A simple care guide for a common species of gecko.

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This is a common species of house gecko that can be found almost worldwide. They are voracious predators of small invertebrates and moths. They are an excellent choice of pet gecko for the beginner reptile keeper. They are adaptable and very tolerant of mild husbandry mistakes. This little gecko can be found in almost 1/2 of the lower USA. They tend to have yellowish brown bodies with brown spots. Juveniles have vivid black and white banded tails.

These geckos are normally 3-5″ in length.

Lifespan is about 5-10 years.

It is not recommended as a pet for handling as they are small and nervous and they may attempt to bite when caught and may chirp in alarm. Some will drop their tails with any handling. If acquired as a juvenile, it is possible to tame them down enough to be somewhat handleable. If possible, find Captive Bred animals. However, due to their expansive range, most offered in the pet trade are wild caught.

One adult gecko can be housed in a 10 gallon tank or similar sized terrarium, each additional gecko will require another 5 gallons. Do not house multiple males in the same tank as they will fight. A variety of rocks and wood will be welcomed by these little geckos. They will enjoy slate or sandstone “walls” to hang out on and fairly dense foliage to seek refuge in. They are completely nocturnal and will come out of hiding at night to hunt. A shallow water dish should be offered.

A mixture of Peat Moss and Coco Fiber is a great substrate.

They thrive with day temps of 90-95° and night temps from 70-80°

Humidity should be 40-60%, Mist cage once at night and once during the day.

For heating I find a standard heating lamp or ceramic heat emitter works best. An UTH may be needed if your night temps get too low.

Any appropriate-sized insect will be accepted, a diet of small roaches, crickets, mealworms and phoenix worms is good. Juveniles can be feed fruit flies, week old crickets and roaches.  A general rule of thumb is to offer insects no larger than the space between their eyes.  Insects should be gut loaded on a variety of dark leafy greens and carrots. Every other feeding should be dusted with calcium and once a week with a vitamin supplement.

Males have hemipenal bulges and pronounced preanal pores while females lack these structures.

Breeding usually takes place April-September, females lay several clutches of 2 eggs per clutch. Incubate eggs around 80° and they will hatch in about 45-60 days.

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  1. Victoria Neblik

    On November 2, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    this is a great article, thanks for publishing

  2. Misty

    On July 4, 2011 at 2:44 am

    wow great article i just caught two juveniles in my new house and have noticed an abundance of them around my new house after finding out what they are this article gave me the info i needed to try to keep them for my son! thanks Misty in Alabama

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    On July 29, 2011 at 9:22 pm

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