Green Geckos (a.k.a. Day Geckos) have more than 60 species in their family. The botanical name of the species is Phelsuma. These species vary in color, size, lifespan, and behavior. With their bright colors and active nature, Green Geckos are attractive.
But while they make excellent display pets, they may not be great pets for everyone. They belong to the island situated in the southwest part of the Indian Ocean, so one would have to mimic those same conditions in order to keep them.
The size and lifespan of Green Geckos vary from species to species. The smallest is 2.6 inches and 11.8 inches for the largest, with the smaller species living up to 10 years, and the larger living up to 20 years. These geckos are diurnal species.
Are Green Geckos good pets?
Green geckos, in general, are not good geckos for beginner pet keepers as they are high-maintenance pets. Some of the easier green geckos to care for include giant Day Geckos, Gold Dust Day Geckos, or Lined Day Geckos (which would be a great attraction to your home).
Green Geckos are fearful by nature, if you hold these geckos in your hand they will cut the tails as a defense mechanism, sometimes they may even bite you.
Are Green Geckos aggressive?
Green Geckos are not harmful to humans, but they do tend to hurt themselves. As the name suggests, the Green Gecko is diurnal (active during the day than night). Due to the aggressive territorial behavior of adults towards each other, green geckos should be housed individually unless breeding.
Young ones should be kept in smaller enclosures so they feel safe. Unlike other geckos, you cannot handle a Green Gecko because of its fragile nature (they may easily feel threatened).
Green Gecko diet
Some species of gecko-like have fruit-based baby food or tropical fruits like papaya or mango. Most geckos will eat three to five insects twice a week and fruit-based baby food mixed with a commercial nectar substitute once a week.
Juveniles and breeding females should be fed five to seven times a week. The best time for feeding these geckos is morning because they are most active in the morning.
Their diet, then, would consist of:
Supplements for Green Geckos
Even if your Gecko consumes proper dietary needs, they will lack vitamins and – especially – calcium. As such, you need to provide the following in the form of supplements:
- Multivitamin powder
- Vitamin D3
The Nature of Green Geckos
When feeling threatened, Green Geckos might bite, although that is usually the last course of action they take. A bite from a green gecko, the largest of the green geckos, can hurt and may even break the skin. Keep green geckos separately. Male are especially territorial, but even mated pairs may fight and need to be split up.
Green geckos are excellent climbers. The tiny filaments present in their toe pads support them to climb on any surface, even ceilings or glass walls. Green geckos have particular care requirements and need attention every day. This gecko is only recommended for those who have prior reptile-keeping experience.
Male and female Green Geckos
Males cannot be housed together, because they will fight until the submissive male is severely injured or killed. Sometimes, a fight may arise between the pair of geckos and it may lead to rejecting the company of one another. If this situation occurs, separate these geckos.
But some pairs will have an unbreakable bonding with each other and will never fight. These types of pairs should not be separated for any reason and they will not be ready to accept other geckos as mates.
Sexing Green Geckos can be tricky as both males and females exhibit dimpled scales near the opening or orifice that can be mistaken as femoral pores. Compared to females, however, males will develop more exaggerated pores with age.
During the breeding season, Green Geckos will deposit 2 eggs once every 3-4 weeks. Eggs are often deposited at the base of plants like Sansevieria.
In the absence of a suitable laying location, females will also lay eggs on the substrate; these eggs usually remain unburied or lightly covered with substrate or leaves. Eggs are not glued and should be removed for incubation.
Enclosure for Green Geckos:
Green Geckos enjoy lots of vertical and horizontal climbing space, and they flourish in a terrarium decorated with plants, branches, bamboo, and bark.
As an added bonus, Green Geckos which are comfortable in their environment because there are plenty of hiding places will display brighter colors than a Green Gecko that is constantly exposed and stressed. Place stalks of bamboo, branches, or live plants (snake plants, bromeliads, or other tropical plants) into the terrarium for climbing.
The temperature requirement varies from species to species, but as a general rule: set the day temperature between 80 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit and 72 – 77 degrees at nighttime. These bulbs are the primary source of heat in their enclosure and it provides 90 F.Use thermometers to keep an eye on the heat.
Green Geckos need exposure to ultraviolet light, so fluorescent, full-spectrum UVB-emitting reptile bulbs are necessary. Provide 10 to 12 hours of UV light. Replace these bulbs once every six months, even if they emit light.
All Green Geckos need relatively high humidity in their enclosures, ranging anywhere from 60 percent to 80 percent. To detect the humidity level using a hygrometer or humidity gauge.
Common Health Problems
Geckos are prone to a few health problems that are treatable by a veterinarian:
- Skin disorders: Like most other reptiles, geckos need to shed their skin to grow and keep healthy; unsanitary conditions, improper humidity, or parasites can cause partial sheds.
- Parasitic infections: This disease can cause weight loss, bloody stools, vomiting, and skin disorders that require an antiparasitic medication for treatment.
- Metabolic bone disease: This fatal illness is caused by a calcium and vitamin D deficiency that lead to weakened bones; it can be treatable if noticed early.
Choosing a Green Gecko:
Pet Geckos are less likely to have diseases. If possible, ask the breeder if you can watch the Green Gecko eat before deciding on buying it to see any abnormal behavior. On average, they can cost $50 to $250. Baby geckos usually cost the least since they have a higher mortality rate.
Adults and morphs (color variants) often fetch a higher price. Healthy geckos have clear eyes and healthy appetites. Unless it refuses to eat, your gecko is healthy. If you notice a gecko with dry, flaky areas on its skin or difficulty shedding, this could be signs of a parasite, infection, or inadequate husbandry.