November 2013

November 2013

All the information listed here is based on my own experience, please carry out your own research before attempting to replicate anything on this site.


"Gekko get-together"

Vietnamese Golden Geckos (Gekko ulikovskii) are a small, tropical species of lizard, in the same genus as the notorious Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko) and Palm / Skunk Gecko (G. vittatus). Despite their relation to these larger, more aggressive species, Golden Geckos stay around 6-8 inches in length, and are far less confrontational.

In pursuit of a breeding pair of these geckos, I've obtained many adults, all of which have proven to be male. After speaking to a number of other keepers, it appears that female golden geckos are much more elusive in the hobby, and for an unknown reason, rarely imported; it may be that their natural behaviours are much more secretive and therefore exporters rarely catch them in comparison to the males.

Care information for Golden Geckos is somewhat limited, and mainly based on other Gekko species such as Tokays. With so many males, I've always tried to keep them singly, to avoid male-male aggression, but after several months of observing and interacting with these geckos, I've decided to experimentally house several males together.

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In Tokay geckos, this would undoubtedly end with one dominant male attacking the others, but Golden Geckos are distinctly different to their larger cousins. They are small, slender geckos, with less developed jaws, and calmer dispositions. After keeping them together for just over a week, they already seem happy enough to bask and hide together during the day.

This may of course, just be temporary, but with so few people keeping this species in captivity, little is known of their differences to other Gekko species. My aim is to keep this species as an all-male community for the time being, whilst keeping a close eye on their behaviours towards one another. Only time will tell, but so far it looks very promising, with the geckos feeding well and actively choosing to spend time in close proximity to one another.

If you have any questions or would like any more information, feel free to email me at the address below.

Paul Edmondson

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