Golden Gecko informations
Common Name: Golden Gecko
Latin name: Gekko ulikovskii
Native to: Golden geckos can be found in the warm rainforests of Vietnam
Size: Male golden geckos grow to around seven inches, while females stay smaller at around five to six inches
About Golden Gecko
The golden gecko gets its common name from the yellow- and gold-colored scales on its body. Males grow to around 7 to 8 inches (18 to 20 cm) in total length (including tail), while females stay around 5 to 6 inches (13 to 15 cm). Males have a longer tail base, with fleshy knobs at the base of the tail. Pores appear on the insides of the legs. Females have none of these.
Golden geckos are an arboreal species native to Vietnam. Their care requirements are easily met, and they have personalities that make them very interesting to observe if one is willing to stay up at night to watch them. Because the demand for golden geckos isn’t as high as for some other lizards, they are also very affordable.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Reptilia
- Order: Squamata
- Family: Gekkonidae
- Genus: Gekko
- Scientific Name: Gekko badenii
Golden Gecko Size
Male golden geckos are slightly larger than females, averaging lengths of 4 to 5 inches, snout-to-vent, 7 to 8 inches including the tail. Females typically reach 3 to 4 inches snout-to-vent length, and are around 6 or 7 inches with their tails.
Golden Gecko Life Span
Golden geckos are very hardy lizards and can live 8 or more years with proper care.
Distribution and habitat
- badeni has been reported from the Tây Ninh Province and Kon Tum Province of southern Vietnam (the latter following the recognition of Gekko ulikovskii as a synonym of this species). There is no definite information about its habitat, which is likely to be lowland rainforest.
Golden geckos are primarily insectivores but will also take some fruit. Golden geckos hydrate themselves by drinking water from rainfall collecting on leaves.
- Geckos vary in size. Smallest species of geckos, dwarf gecko, reaches ¾ inches in length. Largest species of geckos, tokay gecko, reaches 14 inches in length.
- Geckos are usually brightly colored. Body coloration depends on the colors of their environment because it plays important role in the camouflage.
- Geckos are nocturnal (active at night) creatures. Their eyes are adapted to a low level of light.
- Besides well developed night vision, geckos have excellent sense of hearing which help them detect and avoid predators on time.
- Due to their small size, geckos are often preyed by snakes, birds, mammals and some large spider species.
- Geckos eat different types of fruit, flower nectar, insects and worms.
- Gecko has a fat tail which is used as a reservoir of fats. It also help gecko to balance while it walks and climbs the trees.
- Just like other lizards, gecko can throw away its tail in the case of a danger. Tailless gecko will regenerate its missing body part after short period of time.
- Unique feature of some gecko species is ability to walk across smooth or even horizontal surfaces (such as ceilings) without falling. This is possible because their toes have tiny hooks which act like suction cups during walking.
- Teflon is the only material to which gecko cannot stick (using its “suction cups”) and walk without gliding.
- Flying gecko is the only gecko species capable for flying (gliding through the air). It has webbed feet and tail, and wide flap of skin which act as a parachute while gecko jumps from one tree to another.
Golden geckos need a warm and humid environment. The cage needs to be misted at least twice a day and the geckos themselves should be misted. A large water dish is also helpful with humidity, even though very few golden geckos will drink directly from the dish.
Dead crickets and fecal material should be cleaned out regularly and the water bowl should be kept clean. Handlers should be sure to thoroughly wash hands after handling the golden geckos or related materials.
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