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Tokay Geckos


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Tokay Gecko in mid shed

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Scientific Name for Tokay Geckos:

Gekko gecko


Tokay geckos are large, at around 12 inches adult length.

Life Span :

Tokay geckos can be expected to live 10 years or more (up to 20 has been reported).

Appearance of Tokay Geckos:

Tokay geckos are very distinctive, colorful geckos. Usually a blue-grey color with bright orange and blue spots.

Tokay Gecko Habits:

Tokay geckos are nocturnal, and have a bit of a reputation for biting (they are pretty fiesty and can deliver a painful bite, so care is warranted). 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!" Never house males together.

Tank for Tokay Geckos:

Being a larger lizard a 20 gallon tank is the minimum size recommended for tokay geckos. Provide sturdy branches for climbing, and strong potted plants can be added (artificial plants could also be used). Also provide some hiding spots using cork bark, half logs, or caves.


Orchid bark or coconut husk based substrate are good choices for their moisture retaining qualities.

Temperature and Humidity :

Aim for 80-90 F (27-32) during the day (as a gradient) and down to 70-80 F (21-27) at night. No UVB emitting bulbs are necessary; an incandescent bulb can be used for heat during the day, but a noucturnal reptile bulb or ceramic element must be used for heat at night. Heat provided from above the tank is preferable since tokay geckos tend to climb. Humidity should be kept at about 70% (do not let it drop under 50%) by misting. The proper substrate will help retain humidity.

Feeding Tokay Geckos:

Tokay geckos are usually voracious eaters and can be fed a variety of insect prey (crickets, superworms, mealworms, waxworms, grasshoppers, cockroaches, etc). Larger tokays may take pinky mice. Prey should be gut loaded prior to feeding, and dusted with a vitamin supplement containing calcium. Juveniles can be fed daily; adults every other day or so.


Wild caught tokay geckos are likely to be stressed and parasite infested. It is a good idea to take your new gecko to a vet soon after purchasing it, or at least a fecal sample to check for parasites.

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