Asian House Gecko

The Asian house gecko is mainly at home in tropical and subtropical areas. It is a scaled reptile and is one of the lizard-like reptiles. The gecko is nocturnal. He likes to sit on house walls, on stones or in trees. The Asian house gecko adapts its color to the time of day. At night or at dawn it fades.


Otherwise, its skin is gray to beige-brown. His eyes are elliptical. Its body is covered with scales. There are granular scales on the head and body, some with humps, which then visually stand out. The ventral scales are larger than the dorsal scales. Cone-shaped scales are found directly on the tail of the animal.


If given enough attention to the house gecko, it can become tame. He is a true climber and can also jump. In captivity, it is also active during the day. When threatened, it loses part of its tail, but it grows back. With this, he confuses his opponents and gains a head start in escaping. When he fights for his territory with his conspecifics, he makes exciting clicking noises. The little fellow has so-called adhesive strips on his toes, with which he can also climb smooth walls.


The Asian house gecko is sexually mature at one year. The female geckos have the opportunity to lay two eggs four to six times a year. They are hidden and glued to the floor. After 60 days, the little geckos see the light of day. The incubation temperature is 28 degrees Celcius. The small gecko babies have a total length of between 36 and 44 millimeters.

Terrarium Requirements

The Asian house gecko is a beginner animal and also suitable for beginners in reptile keeping. Geckos should be kept species-appropriate, i.e. in pairs in a terrarium measuring 40 x 40 x 50 cm. Two males quickly fight over their territory, so it is better to switch to a pair or two females. Twelve hours of light exposure is appropriate for the geckos. After that, artificial twilight was to be created by a 15 W lamp fitted with a timer. The ideal air temperature for these animals should be 28 to 30 degrees Celsius. They feel most comfortable with a humidity of 75 to 85 percent.

The humidity in the terrarium can be measured with a hygrometer. The plants that are used in the terrarium should be moistened daily with a spray bottle in order to optimally imitate the tropical climate. Hiding spots like small caves made of stones and thick branches offer the gecko a lot of variety and shelter in its terrarium. A layer of soil and sand should be spread on the terrarium floor. The layer is absorbent and absorbs the animal’s urine. The walls of the terrarium can be decorated with cork. This makes it easier for the gecko to climb. An artificially created waterfall is well received by the geckos. Of course, a bowl of water will do too.

How often does the terrarium have to be cleaned?

Once a week you should use tweezers to remove the animal’s droppings from the terrarium. Depending on the degree of soiling, the floor covering must also be changed, at least once a year. Stones and branches can be cleaned with a brush under warm water and then put back into the terrarium. If the soiling is too great, the utensils should simply be replaced.


The Asian house gecko gets along with fringes, tree frogs, or kites, among other things.

Food and Nutrition

Crickets, house crickets, and wax moths should be offered to the animals every two days. The little runabouts lick water from the sprayed plants. In order to create a high-quality diet, there are preparations on the market that can be used to treat live food. In addition, to live food, the Asian house gecko also needs calcium and vitamin supplements to stay healthy and alert in captivity and to be able to live out its excessive urge to move.

How does the gecko go hunting?

The Asian house gecko waits in its hiding place for its potential prey. Once he has scented them, he jumps out in a flash and grabs crickets, flies, spiders, cockroaches & Co.


If you want to get an Asian house gecko, you will quickly fall in love with the little creature. When buying, you should pay attention to healthy skin color, existing toes and toe skins as well as the mental state and the animal’s urge to move. The nutritional status should also be examined in order to maintain a healthy and strong animal.

Once you own an Asian house gecko, you will probably keep getting one because they are such adorable and exciting animals.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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