Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Your Tokay geckos new home
Cage, Temperature, and Humidity for your Tokay gecko
So now you found the perfect Tokay and got it home.Its quarantine time!Even if you know for sure that your Tokay is captive bred this should still be done to insure your other geckos health. Most all tokay geckos are wild caught and have a parasite of one kind or another.This can be checked by fecal analysis with a qualified veterinarian.
A basic 10 gallon tank will work for your tokay gecko this point.The temperature gradient of your Tokay enclosure should have a warm area of 85-90°F and a cooler area around 70°F during the day with night time temp of no lower than 65°F.A black(nocturnal) heating lamp should be utilized. Since Tokay geckos are nocturnal, no special UV lighting is required.Tokay geckos should have a relative humidity between 55% and 75% with no less than 50%.
Their permanent home should be at least a 20 gallon vertical tank to each gecko with only one male Tokay in each set up. Tokay geckos are very territorial, and this is a bare minimum area requirement.If at all possible you should put your tokay geckos in their new vivarium at the same time to prevent territorial disputes.
Provide in your enclosure some sturdy branches and vines for climbing and hiding. Be sure that your cage has a decent temperature range.Your tokay geckos will use the warmest part for basking and that helps them digest. Some companies offer heating pads that stick to the side of your cage and they are the best choice for these geckos.
Your tokay enclosure should be ventilated either by screens or artificially by a fan.There are cross-ventilated terrariums out there but they are harder to keep the humidity in. Adding moss or another natural substrate will help with retaining moisture.Also consider using tape or plastic to close off some ventilation to assist getting the humidity to appropriate levels.