A usual desire of most pet owners is to keep a variety of animals as pets. But before enacting those desires as decisions, there is one general fact that you should keep in mind: some animals cannot be kept with another of a different species, whether together inside the enclosure or separated – this is because one of them may pose as a threat to the other.
For instance, geckos and bearded dragons are two attractive and loving pets but CANNOT be kept together inside one enclosure. Cat and geckos, too, as your cat will develop a habit of hunting your gecko and perhaps preying on it.
Cat and Geckos :
Geckos can be especially vulnerable to cat attacks because smaller species, such as crested geckos, are easily kept in small, plastic Kritter Keepers. Your cat may often knock down the enclosure – this behavior may cause stress to your gecko, or similarly bad, the enclosure may fall and your gecko sustains an injury. What’s worse, if the gecko escapes, it can easily become a snack for your cat.
Even a resilient enclosure will fail to keep the cat out of reach. By getting attracted to the heat lamp, your cat may sleep on top of the enclosure and it may accidentally break the glass. A bite or scratch from your cat to the gecko can be fatal, because of their slow healing nature. Additionally, your cat can transmit bacterial infections to your gecko.
Even if you separate your cat while it attacks your gecko and it seems to not have sustained any injuries, rush it to its veterinarian as it might have taken internal damage. Your veterinarian will better help your gecko to set the broken bones and discover internal damages. If your gecko is considerably large and fought with your cat, then the cat must be treated.
Frogs and Geckos:
With proper planning and with ensured species selection, geckos and frogs can be good friends. Day geckos can be a great choice with the tropical frog species. For instance, day geckos can be with terrestrial geckos and nocturnal geckos (e.g., flying geckos or house geckos can live with poison darts).
Some species have the tendency to change their activity period in their life – for example, toads are diurnal when they are infants but over time, they become nocturnal species.
Tokay geckos can be great cohabitants for the frogs, as they can consume anything. Large bullfrogs, horned frogs, and others of the same consume large prey, so they should not be housed with small species like geckos.
Anoles and Geckos
Anoles and geckos are arboreal animals, so they can be great cohabitants. They both consume similar foods, thrive in similar climates, and can adapt easily to their introduced enclosures. Most of the time these species spend their time resting on small branches of the blob or cage wall.
A 10 gallon-sized enclosure with considerable hiding spots and with visual barriers to restrict the stress can be the best place for them to live in.
Geckos and Bearded Dragons
The attractive nature of these two species can make anyone think about enclosing them together, but enclosing them together can be fatal as the bearded dragon is larger in size, your gecko may become prey for it sooner or later. The chances for transmission of parasites are higher. Also, they need completely different setups in their enclosure.
Gecko and Hermit crabs
A big NO! Hermit crabs are tidal species that require enough humidity and abundant water to submerge themselves, whereas a gecko is a desert or dry species – producing an enclosure that the other is not accustomed to may result in serious issues or even death.
Geckos and Dogs
With all the precautions considered, having a dog and a gecko in one home can be better than some above. A dog owner knows that dogs may eat small reptile species like geckos in warmer climates. So, make your dog understand that the gecko in your home is friend, NOT food.
Exercise precaution if you observe any of the behaviors below:
- Staring – Your dog may pay keen attention on your gecko, they may stare markedly or they may even accompany every movement of your gecko. This may be cute but dangerous. Either your dog may be curious or interested in eating your gecko. To save your gecko, distance them for a while.
- Alert – You can observe a alertness in your dog, while it is looking at your gecko. If your dog sees the gecko as a threat, they will start barking at it, too. Some dogs might even become aggressive.
- Scratching – If you notice your dog trying to break the enclosure or scraping around, then place your gecko in a safer place away from your dog.
- Pacing – If you notice your dog pacing about when you are close to your gecko, then understand that your dog is willing to see and smell your gecko but they may also squeeze or bite the gecko.
- Sniffing – if your dog doesn’t have any behavioral signs that might indicate they wish to harm your gecko, you might find the idea of introducing them interesting. Avoid taking your gecko to your dog to smell directly, as the nose of your dogs are too sensitive. Initiate their bond slowly, and always be around them in this situation.
Geckos and Chameleons
This may be one of the worst decisions you could ever make! Housing geckos and chameleons together will create a way for one to get sick or another becoming prey for the other. Geckos are nocturnal while chameleons are diurnal – this will also heavily affect the health of both species.
Geckos and Snakes
Geckos and snakes have different body temperatures, so they require different atmospheric temperatures in their enclosures. Setting two different temperatures in the same enclosure is extremely difficult. Moreover, snakes are solo animals. They like to live alone and the only time they go with other species is for mating. Your gecko can be a great prey for the snake.
Gecko Handling and Children
Some species of geckos are very friendly and charming. Your geckos will educate the empathy and responsibility to your kids. Misting is a daily routine, as the geckos smell their food and water droplets on the leaves. This routine can build a great bond between your kid and the gecko.
What Happens When a Cat or Dog Eats Your Gecko
Some species of geckos secrete a venomous fluid on their skin and some deliver it through bites. In both cases, your dog or cat may die. Even if the gecko is not venomous, the parasite transmits parasites (liver fluke or bacteria like salmonella) can be fatal for the dog or cat.