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This is an outline of how to care for Golden Geckos and Madagascan Giant Day Geckos.
I'M NO EXPERT ON GECKOS, BUT THESE TIPS HAVE WORKED FOR ME SO FAR IN KEEPING MY GOLDEN GECKOS AND MADAGASCAN GIANT DAY GECKOS (TROPICAL HABITAT) HEALTHY.


SHORT-TERM CARE

1.  Mist with non-chlorinated water at least twice daily.  Three to seven times is recommended.  Try to get the moss nice and wet to hold the humidity.  A hygrometer and at least one thermometer (preferably two) are necessary to monitor the inner conditions of the terrarium.

2.  Dust live crickets with Reptivite and feed five to ten of them to the geckos at a time.  If you get Crickets-To-Go, dusting is not necessary and all of the crickets can be added to the terrarium at once.  Do not worry if more than ten crickets are in the terrarium at one time.  If the crickets do not seem to be disappearing daily, check to see if there are dark feces anywhere in the terrarium.  If not, then the geckos probably are not eating.

3.  Make sure there is an adequate amount of water in the waterfall.  Do not let it run dry or it will ruin the pump.  If more water is needed, use non-chlorinated water to fill the reservoir, as the geckos may drink from it.

4.  Check the water dish to make sure that there is clean water in it.  If more water is required, check first to make sure that neither of the geckos is on the lid of the terrarium and remove the water dish.  Rinse it out and refill it with non-chlorinated water.

5.  If all else fails, feed the geckos Gecko Bites or food supplement powder.

6.  The lights should be on a timer.  The fluorescent UVA/UVB light should turn on in the morning and turn off at night.  Make sure to turn the heat lamps off and remove them from the lid after they cool (they are hot!) to prevent burns before any work is done inside the terrarium.

7.  Close the lid unless doing something immediately inside the terrarium.  Remember, geckos can climb anywhere, including out, and they are fast!

8.  The geckos like papaya.  Occasionally, chop some papaya up in small cubes and place them in the food dish for a treat.  Another option is to feed the geckos fruit baby food with Reptivite powder mixed in.

LONG-TERM CARE

1.  Follow all short-term care directions.

2.  Remove feces with long tweezers and dispose of feces in a plastic bag.  Wash your hands after handling anything gecko-related to prevent illness.

3.  Change bedding every four to six months.  Jungle Bedding, Bed-A-Beast, Fluker's Moss, or any other substrate that will hold humidity is best for a tropical environment.  To create this tropical habitat, layer several of these together.  For example, Jungle Bedding or Bed-A-Beast could be covered in a layer of Fluker's Moss.  Store-brand products that are comparable are fine to use.

4.  Clean the inside of the terrarium with a mild cleaner to remove streaks and stains.  Make sure that no cleaner remains inside the terrarium before replacing the geckos in their home.  The best way to accomplish this is to spray the cleaner onto a paper towel outside the terrarium and apply the cleaner that way.

5.  To prepare fresh water for the geckos, use water treatment drops.  Use this water to fill the misting bottle, the waterfall, and the water dish.

6.  To remove geckos from their home, DO NOT grab their tails for any reason or they will come off!  Remove as many obstacles as possible before attempting to capture the geckos.  To avoid being bitten (which really doesn't hurt, it's just a shock), hold the gecko by the body with its head in a position that it cannot bite you from.  Handle the geckos as little as possible.

7.  Place the geckos in separate temporary containers while cleaning the terrarium if they are both male, as they will fight if confined together in a small space.

8.  FOR EVERYONE'S SAKE, CAUSE AS LITTLE STRESS AS POSSIBLE!  This way, tail loss, fecal expulsion, biting, and all other unpleasant experiences will most likely be avoided.

9.  IF, for some reason, one of the geckos' tails comes off, isolate the gecko in a separate terrarium with adequate heat, water, and food for a minimum of two weeks while the process of growing a new tail begins.  Attempt to keep stress to a minimum.  When the gecko is sufficiently healed, he may be replaced in the primary terrarium.

10. If you are ever unsure about anything, ask a sales person in the reptile department of a pet store for help and they should be able to assist you.  Most pet stores should have all the supplies you need to keep your geckos healthy and happy.


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