While some look upon reptiles with disdain, others are thrilled by the idea of owning one. Geckos are small lizards, that come in a variety of mesmerizing shades and patterns. They do not demand professional attention, and live comfortably in man-made enclosures.
The docility and amenability of a gecko makes it a wonderful pet reptile choice. However, since there are several species of geckos to choose from, deciding upon which one to bring home can be quite confusing. Let's take a look at the most commonly chosen types.
Leopard geckos are the most popular pet gecko type, mainly because they require minimal care and attention. Moreover, they can be domesticated with ease. Parents often bring them home for their children, because they're free from fur and feather allergens. Kids love them because they rarely bite and have a gentle disposition.
A 15-20 gallon tank is perfect to keep two geckos, however, keeping more than one male gecko in the same tank is a terrible idea, because two males don't get along. Moreover, keep a male and female together, only if you are prepared to take care of the babies that will follow! These lizards have a life span of approximately 20 years, so before you plan to get one, think about the long-term responsibility you are undertaking.
Day geckos are 'viewable' pets, rather than 'interactive' ones. Holding them, cuddling them, etc., is not possible because their delicate skin ruptures upon touch. People who desire to hold and cuddle their lizards should not opt for this one. This type is perfect for people who wish to watch their antics while in the tank. Day geckos again have different sub-types―golden dust day gecko, giant day gecko, and lined gecko. Irrespective of the type of day gecko you choose, the care expected will remain the same.
These geckos are gaining popularity these days, and are loved for their tolerance to human handling. These small lizards can handle frequent touch, and some are even known to sit on the shoulders of their owners. However, some prefer jumping from one surface to another. So, before deciding on a crested gecko, check with the pet store owner regarding the personality of the gecko.
These geckos appear very attractive, however, they do not make good pets. Their aggressive temperament makes them difficult to handle, even for experienced owners. Some Tokay gecko owners claim to have managed to tame their geckos, however, to be on the safer side avoid opting for this type.
Keeping geckos as pets can be an exciting experience, however, taking care of them calls for commitment and dedication. Before purchasing one, make sure you understand the responsibility you are undertaking. You don't want to get into something you cannot handle.