The Mediterranean house gecko is nothing but the common gecko that is found all over the world living in people's homes. These lizards are natural pest controllers as they tend to live on spiders and moths. However, you will be surprised to note that they also make excellent pets.
This kind of gecko grows to about 3 to 5 inches in length. It generally has a yellowish brown body with brown spots. The young ones are bright black in color and their tails have white bands.
If you intend keeping the Mediterranean house gecko as a pet, you should find out as much as possible to about how to take care of it. The average lifespan of the gecko is about five to ten years, but with proper care, it might be possible to extend its lifespan.
First of all, the Mediterranean house gecko does not like being handled. This is especially true for adults who may try to bite you and chirp in fear. However, it must be said that if you get the gecko as a young one, it is quite possible to tame it, so that you will be able to handle it to a certain extent.
An adult Mediterranean house gecko requires a10-gallon aquarium. Thereafter, each gecko you introduce into the tank will require an additional 5 gallons. However, make sure that you do not put 2 males in the same aquarium as they will fight. Line the aquarium with coconut fiber or peat moss. Also have a lot of live plants growing in the tank so that the lizard can seek refuge among them. In addition, hang out slate pieces or sandstone on which they can hang. Also, ensure that your pet has fresh drinking water. The water should be supplied in a shallow bowl. Keep the temperature during the day between 90 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit, while the temperature of the tank during the night should be between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The tank should have about 40 percent to 60 percent humidity, and you should mist the tank twice a day -- once in the night and once in the day time.
You can heat the tank using a normal lamp. However, if you happen to live in a cold place, then use an under tank heater.
Mediterranean house gecko can be fed on live phoenix worms, crickets, mealworms and roaches. If the gecko is small, then you feed it small roaches, fruit flies and young cricket that are around a week old. Make sure that the insects are gut loaded and dusted with calcium supplement before they are fed to the gecko.
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