×

Blue Geckos as Pets

Blue Geckos

Blue geckos are also called Lygodactyls Williamsi and are among the top listed species on the endangered list. They belong to the family Gekkonidae.  These species are commonly called turquoise dwarf geckos, William’s dwarf geckos, and electric blue geckos within the pet trade.

Blue geckos are named for their color, but female and juvenile blue geckos are olive green.  Only males of this species are actually blue.  Blue geckos are found in the foothills of the Uluguru Mountains in eastern Tanzania, Africa.

Olive Green Blue Geckos

Wild blue geckos are found on a single type of plant known as the screwpine.  Lygodactylus is a genus of geckos with 60 species and 34 sub-species.  Lygodactylus rarely exceeds 4 inches in length.

Are Blue Geckos’ good pets?

Blue geckos are not good pets for beginners, as they require high maintenance and perfect conditions.  They are not aggressive but not forgiving of their keeper’s mistakes either.

Blue geckos require proper maintenance of temperature and humidity.  You will need to use a digital thermometer and hydrometer to keep an eye on moisture and temperature levels.  Look at setting up a ventilated enclosure with the required UV lighting.

Feature of Blue Geckos:

  • Blue geckos live on the leaves of screwpine plants, also called Pandanus rabaiensis.  Leaves of this plant can hold an adult male or female blue gecko.
  • Blue geckos are perfect pets for small enclosures as they only grow to about 3 inches.
  • Blue geckos are famous for their vibrant blue color, but only dominant males exhibit the color.  If two geckos are kept in the same enclosure, one will be blue, and the other will be green.
  • Collectors of blue geckos cut away parts of the screwpine plant to collect geckos.  These actions, which continued for years, caused the screwpine plant to become endangered along with the geckos who depended on the plant for survival.
  • Female blue geckos are egg-gluers, meaning the eggs they lay stick.
  • Blue geckos demand intense levels of attention.  They cannot adjust to variations in temperature, inappropriate housing, or low humidity levels.  They need exceptional diets and pure water on a daily basis.

The Blue Gecko’s diet

The diet of a blue gecko is primarily delivered in powdered form.  To prevent obesity, feed your gecko with Pangea Complete.  Whatever food you provide, female geckos will lack calcium in their diets, so provide a separate holder containing pure calcium powder in their enclosure.

Other foods you can give to your blue gecko include:

  • Small crickets about 1/8 inch long
  • Fruit flies
  • Small mealworms
  • Waxworms
  • Small silkworms
  • Reptiworms

Height and weight of Blue Geckos

Male blue geckos range from 3-4 inches from nose to tail, and female geckos range from 2 ½ – 2 ¾ inches long.  A small terrarium with some plants is sufficient to house this species.  Most blue geckos weigh about 70-100 grams. 

Blue geckos are the smallest species in the Gekkonidae family.  Their average life span is about 5-10 years.  

Why people like Blue Geckos as pets:

  • These geckos have a vibrant blue color which attracts collectors.
  • They don’t require a large enclosure.
  • They attract a lot of attention from visitors.
  • Breeding blue geckos are easy.  If you leave a male and female together in a terrarium, they will lay eggs.
  • Blue geckos are the tiniest member of the gecko family.

Is it difficult to care for Blue Geckos?

It is not easy to take care of a blue gecko as they become stressed with the slightest touch.  For this reason, they must not be handled too regularly.  Male blue geckos are bold, however, and will take food from your hand.  Don’t force your gecko to be handled; let them get used to you first.

Electric Blue Gecko

A small terrarium of 10-15 inches is a perfect fit for blue geckos, but they can adjust to any environment.  You must have at least one plant in the terrarium.  Because these reptiles don’t enjoy being touched, plants are their only form of entertainment.

Blue geckos require warm temperatures so put a UV light in their terrarium.  If a male gecko is left alone in his space, he will be brighter than if he is placed with another male gecko.

Blue Gecko behavior

Like other species of geckos, blue geckos are diurnal.  Males expect to be kept in a separate enclosure.  Blue geckos are bold, active, and very social.  Their social gestures vary from lateral flattening, puffing out of the throat patch, head shaking and head bobbing, and tail-wagging.

Female blue geckos lay a pea-sized, white clutch of eggs with hard shells after 2-3 weeks of copulation.  The eggs of blue geckos hatch within 60-90 days.

Can Blue Geckos swim?

Whether they swim or not is solely dependent on the size of the water body.  As they are small in size, they can drown in large amounts of water.  Like other geckos, they can run a certain distance on top of the water.

Common diseases that affect Blue Geckos:

  • Prolapse:  With this disease, one of the gecko’s organs gets trapped outside of the body.  When this happens, you will see an opening or orifice beneath the tail.  If you see this happening, take your gecko to the vet immediately.  Prolapse is fatal if not treated.
  • Egg binding, also known as dystocia:  With this disease, female blue geckos suffer while trying to lay eggs as the eggs will not leave their body.  This happens when female geckos lack calcium in their diet.
  • Burns: Your blue gecko can get burnt on a heating pad or UV light.  Burns can kill your gecko if they are not treated properly.  Apply ointment and add antibiotics to their feed to treat the burns.

Collecting wild geckos is illegal, but you can buy blue geckos legally through pet vendors.  As blue geckos are famous for their vibrant, attractive color, exploitation of this species happens in the pet trading market.