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RE: Golden Gecko concerns

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Posted by: althea at Mon Mar 31 00:28:41 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by althea ]  
   

Hello--
Goldens make nice captives. Lots of places to hide and feel concealed is key to a happy golden gecko. Leafy plants, slabs of driftwood, decorative hide boxes--they use it all. Don't forget vertical concealment--vines across and up the sides of the tank for security.

My experience is that they do best as lone display animals. When kept in pairs or more, they become territorial. One may hog the prime heat gradients, physically chasing/attacking another who intrudes. Or, bullying another into a stressful existence in a corner. Quite frankly, your enclosure seems very small for two. I've kept pairs in 55 gallon tanks w/screen tops and plenty of hides with less than terrific results.

I've had my current lone golden for about six years. He accepts super worms and lobster roaches off of forcepts instead of feeding crickets and hoping that he eats. At first the movement of the insects attracted him. It only took patience on my part until he grabbed them. Now he waits at the top of the tank near the screen to be fed--quite the pig! Ever since I first acquired him he would eat dusted wax worms out of a small dish--gecko candy! He adores a chunk of fresh mango, or a smidge of baby food from the same dish at other times.

Best of luck!
rgds,
althea




   

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