Tokay

Leopard

Madagascar Ground

Day

African Fat-Tailed

 

 Tokay

Nocturnal. Reputation for biting; they are fiesty and can deliver a painful bite, so be careful. With regular interaction they usually become less aggressive but generally will not be good for handling.

They can be quite vocal and that is where their name arises: their call sounds like "To-kay! To-kay!", a rather booming bark. They also emit a trilling sound.

Never house males together.

Tokays have the specialized lamellae on the pads of their toes which enable them to walk on vertical surfaces, including ceilings. Contrary to popular misconception, these pads are not "sticky" but rather are composed of tiny, microscopic filaments which find equally tiny imperfections in surface - including glass.

Like many lizards, tokays can darken or lighten their ground and spot colors to better blend in with their background.

Despite the fact that they follow human habitation, finding human dwellings to be great places to find prey, Tokays are the least lovable of the geckos. They are known for their nasty temperament, cheerfully biting the hand that feeds, cleans or otherwise comes into anything resembling close proximity to them. Their bites are powerful--one might say they are the pit bulls of the gecko world...they hang on and let go only when it suits them. Equipped as they are with numerous sharp teeth, the bites can bleed profusely and, even barring subsequent infection, are annoying for days.

While some animals can be habituated to human contact, such contact can be stressful for many species, and geckos, as a whole, are known for their marked preference to be left alone.

 

 


 

 Leopard

Nocturnal, ground dwelling, and generally docile and easy to tame.

They do not have the toe pads like other geckos so do not climb very well. They do have eyelids, also unlike other geckos.

 

 


 

 Madagascar Ground

Young Madagascar Ground Geckos - like most small animals - are highly sensitive to potential threats. They will typically try and escape whenever an attempt is made to pick them up.

Despite this initial sensitivity, Madagascar Ground Geckos are actually very easy to handle and adults are typically very docile animals.

This species is docile, eats readily, and is long lived which makes it a hardy animal ideally suited for beginners.; however, hatchlings should be left for about a month without any handling to make sure they get on a good feeding schedule.

Most people make the mistake of handling their animal too soon and they end up with a very stressed lizard that refuses to eat. For the first few months, the contact you should have with your lizard should be for feeding, cleaning, and changing water only.
 


 


 Day

These are not good geckos for beginners. For owners with no experience with day geckos, "Leaping Lizards Day Geckos" recommends giant day geckos, gold dust day geckos, or lined day geckos.

Day geckos are active during the day, unlike most other geckos (hence, the name). They are generally fairly fragile and it is not a good idea to handle them as their skin is quite delicate. They can be quite territorial and sometimes need to be housed singly.

These geckos are excellent climbers - their toe pads have tiny filaments (setae) that allow them to cling to almost any surface, so can climb glass wall, ceilings etc. Watch for escape artists, though!

 

 


 

 African Fat-Tailed

Nocturnal.

Usually quite docile; can be shy.

Never house males together.

One major problem with Fat-tailed geckos is that their systems are somewhat weaker than leopard geckos.
A Fat-tail will direct 25% of its energy into self-preservation and little into reproductive success. Therefore, a routine worming twice yearly is required. Immediately after the last eggs of the year and just before the next breeding season, worming should be done.

 
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