Common Name:Golden Gecko
Latin name: Gekko ulikovskii
Native to: Golden geckos can be found in the warm rainforests of Vietnam
Size: Male golden geckos grow to around seven inches, while females stay smaller at around five to six inches
General appearance: Golden geckos do not like to be handled. They are somewhat hyper and can stress easily. Golden
geckos can and will bite when bothered.
Enclosure: A single golden gecko can be housed in a 10-gallon aquarium. Provide hiding spots, climbing branches
and vines within the tank. A secure lid is necessary.
Temperature: Range between 78° - 85° F
Heat/Light: Golden geckos do not need a UV light, but do need a nocturnal heat lamp to provide necessary heat. An
under-the-tank heater can also be used to supplement heat if needed.
Substrate: A substrate such as Bed-A-Beast™ or any other lizard bedding can be used. Moss also helps keep
the humidity inside the cage, and provides more cover for the golden geckos. Try to avoid substrates such as reptile carpet
Environment: Golden geckos need a warm and humid environment. The cage needs to be misted at least twice a day and
the geckos themselves should be misted. A large water dish is also helpful with humidity, even though very few golden geckos
will drink directly from the dish.
Diet: A varied diet of crickets, mealworms, waxworms and super worms works best for golden geckos. Make sure to
gut load the insects and dust calcium/vitamin powder once a week. Make sure no uneaten crickets remain in the cage, as crickets
tend to bite at the limbs of the golden geckos and may injure them.
Maintenance: Dead crickets and fecal material should be cleaned out regularly and the water bowl should be kept
clean. Handlers should be sure to thoroughly wash hands after handling the golden geckos or related materials.