Gecko Breeds

With so many different gecko breeds to choose from, you may not be able to just pick one!

I once knew a guy who bred and sold his own geckos. I have never owned a gecko as a pet and didn’t really know much about the animals. I wondered how many different breeds there could be. Well, to sum it up: there’s a lot! While there are too many different types of geckos to list, here are some of the most popular gecko breeds to be adopted as pets.

  • Giant Day: These animals make great pets because they can live to be up to 30 years old. They grow to be about 12 inches long and can do a neat trick: climb glass tanks. It has sticky pads on its feet. These make great pets because they are active during the day.
  • Central American Banded: This is a nocturnal—or night-loving—lizard that grows to be about seven inches long. They live to be about ten years old and do well in a ten-gallon tank. If they are handled at a young age, they tend to be docile and easy to handle.
  • Madagascar Ocelot: This is one of the more popular breeds to be adopted because they are easy to care for. They are nocturnal and grow to be about five inches in length. The males live up to ten years, while the females only live to be two or three. If you adopt a male, do not house it with another male.
  • Leopard: This is another popular reptile, because they don’t require basking time, or time in the “sun.” So they can make their home in plastic containers instead of glass tanks, which makes them less expensive to care for. They grow to be about six to ten inches in length and live up to 20 years. This is an animal that does well living in pairs and tends be easy to handle.

Want to know more? Speak with your veterinarian or staff at your local pet store.

Do you have a pet gecko? What breed? Tell us in the comments!


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