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RE: question about mixing kinds of geckos...

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Posted by: jfarah at Mon Jan 2 00:04:22 2006  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by jfarah ]  
   



Its pretty much like this:

The "blue-tailed" day gecko you're talking about is Phelsuma cepediana. Everyone that sees a picture of one (including myself) wants to keep them as pets. The problem is a couple of things...

First -they are almost impossible to find for sale in the US. When you do find them they are expensive.

Second -They have proved almost impossible to keep alive and breed by even the most dedicated and experienced gecko breeders.

Third - They are agressive towards eachother and other species.
Most day geckos are this way, and when kept in groups, the less dominant animals will fail to thrive or die. In my experience the most agressive are Phelsuma laticauda or "golddust day gecko".

Also, Im not sure if you're aware but the MALE blue tailed day geckos are the beautiful ones you have seen in pictures. The females are far smaller and more drab in coloration. A male blue tailed, like you want, would not be compatible with other species.

For the most part you should not try to keep different species together. It is almost certain one or more of the animals will not do well. Most day geckos are just too agressive. There is one good exception though...

* If you are looking to keep beautiful, small day geckos in groups - Phelsuma klemmeri or "neon day gecko" as Lizarddude720 suggested is the way to go. They are non-agressive and are extrememly beautiful. They are also easier to care for than many. You can keep them in big groups and even raise the babies up in the same tank as the adults. The result is a beautiful vivarium that is alive with many active, neon-colored lizards.

Here is a pic of some of my Phelsuma klemmeri babies from this season.






   

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