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(Gekko gekko)

The Tokay Gecko originates fro Northeastern India, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Indochina, Southern China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.  They have also been introduced into areas such as Florida as well.  Hatchlings are usually around 4 inches in length while the adults can reaches sizes from 10 to 14 inches in length from nose to tip of tail.  This type of gecko normally lives about 8 to 10 years of age.  The Tokay Gecko is an aggressive little gecko that should generally be handle with gloves.  They tend to be an attractive gecko with a gray to blue body with spots ranging anywhere from orange to red in color.  This type of gecko does have the adhesive pads on there toes which enables them to climb almost any surface.  Males and females can easily be told apart by the pre-anal pores found on the male Tokay Gecko.  These geckos are known for there barking and grunting sounds that they tend to make.


You may keep as many as 4 to 7 adult Tokay Geckos in a 55 gallon tank.  Provide plenty of hiding spaces for the geckos to avoid to much fighting.  You can successfully keep 1 gecko in a 10 or 20 gallon tank.  High tanks are better then long ones to provide with plenty of climbing area.  Screened enclosures are not recommended as the screen could damage the pads on there feet.


Daytime temperatures should be around 85 to 90 degrees.  Night time temperatures should fall to 70 to 75 degrees. 


A heat lamp can be uses.  The Tokay Gecko and the Leopard Gecko are the same in that they are both nocturnal.  UV lighting is not necessary for either one of them.  A daytime bulb may be used for your viewing pleasure and an infrared bulb at night.  Heat Rocks should be avoided with this Gecko.  The humidity level in there enclosure should be kept between 70% and 80% but should never drop below 50% as they originate from tropical rainforest.  Use of a water dish in the enclosure close to a heat source can help increase the humidity level inside the enclosure as well as regular misting of the enclosure.


Reptile Carpet can be used but is not advisable as it may injure the suction pads on the feet.  Some good ones are sand potting soil mixture, coconut fiber, and bark.  You may also use bark and place it up the back wall of the enclosure to allow for more climbing area.


Toakys are not squeamish and will eat a wide variety of insects.  Crickets should be a staple and will be relished.  Wax worms, wax moths, superworms, locust and even pinky mice will be accepted.  Food should be offered every other day.  Dusting of insects with a multipurpose reptile vitamin/mineral powder should be done at least every third feeding.


Spot cleaning of the terrarium should be done as needed.  A complete breakdown of the enclosure should be done about every month to month and a half for replacement of the substrate and cleaning of enclosure wall as well as the enclosure furniture.  This type of gecko does not handle stress well and tend to be stressed by handling.  Most tokay geckos are wild caught as they are not normally bred in captivity so they should be checked for parasites upon acquiring you tokay.





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