The Asian house gecko is common in Sri Lanka, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea, French Polynesia, Mascarene Islands, Hawaii.
Racial Characteristics and Appearance
What Does an Asian House Gecko Look Like?
An Asiatic house gecko can grow up to 15cm tall and is characterized by its slim, scaly body with a detached head. The tail, however, is just under half of the total length. The head-torso length reaches up to 7cm. Due to its wide distribution, there are color differences. The top is from light to dark gray-brown, monochrome, spotted, or striped. The underside is white to yellow and the underside of the tail can also be reddish.
A characteristic is its dark lateral stripe on the sides of the head. It has 10-12 scales on the upper lip and 7-10 scales on the lower lip.
There are adhesive lamellae and claws on its teeth. They make him a climbing artist on both smooth and rough surfaces.
Like all gecko species, the Asian domestic gecko can shed its tail when in danger. This then moves on to distract the enemy and usually leads to a successful escape. The tail grows back a little darker.
His eyes are elliptical and he can clean them with his tongue.
How Do I Know the Gender of the Asian Domestic Gecko?
Males have clearly visible, wide, and pronounced femoral pores on the posterior inner thigh. A male can also be recognized by the hemipenis pouch, the visible bulge at the base of the tail. Adult males have larger and more powerful heads.
Origin & History
Where Does the Asian Domestic Gecko Come From?
The Asian house gecko originally comes from Asia, Southeast Asia to be precise. In the meantime, however, it has become widespread through seafaring. It can be found from East Africa to Mexico and Central America, but also in North Australia and on many island groups. So it has become at home in many parts of the world.
In nature, in tropical climates, it can be seen in stone piles, walls, palm trees, and forests. Also in villages and big cities, where you can watch him at night, on the lights, while hunting insects.
Nursing, Health, and Diseases
What Does an Asiatic House Gecko Feed On?
When it comes to feeding, the Asian house gecko is very easy to care for. It eats all the insects that can fit in its mouth. Crickets, crickets, grasshoppers, flies, worms, spiders, cockroaches, and the like are on the menu. A varied diet is very important. You should also think of additives such as vitamin and calcium powder.
How is an Asian House Gecko Kept?
Offspring are mostly diurnal and can even be tamed by hand.
A species-appropriate keeping is possible in a terrarium of at least 60x40x60cm (1 animal). But bigger is always better. The terrarium size must always be adapted to the size of the animal and the number.
The facility should be designed as close to nature as possible. Sand or a sand-earth mixture is recommended as the substrate. The back wall should be rough, cork for example, so that it also has a place to lay eggs and natural climbing conditions.
Caves, roots, and stones that serve as hiding places should not be missing as places of retreat. He is a climbing artist and needs a lot of space to climb, climbing plants, roots, and lianas are best for this. Real plants make a natural habitat and the gecko can drink the rainwater from it.
A comfortable temperature of 26-30 degrees Celsius during the day is very important to him. At night the temperature can be lowered to 20 degrees Celsius. The ideal humidity is 60-90%. In order to keep this constant, a rain system is recommended. A water bowl can also be used, but please clean it daily.
Tip for beginners: Maintaining the humidity requires a sure instinct. Before using an animal, you should practice in the furnished, but not occupied, terrarium to get a feel for it.
Considerations Before You Buy
How Does the Breeding of an Asian Domestic Gecko Work?
Breeding is easy. An Asian house gecko is sexually mature when it is around 1 year old. If a couple is in the terrarium, they will mate. About 4 weeks after mating, the female lays the eggs in a crevice. Since you often cannot get them out here, they remain in the terrarium. Most of the time, the females lay the eggs in the same place. This allows you to create a shelf that can be built in and removed to hatch the eggs in the incubator. A female lays 2 round eggs 4-6 times a year, even without a male. These are up to 10mm in size.
After 6-10 weeks the young hatch, they then have a size of up to 45mm. Now at the latest, you should catch them out of the terrarium and raise them in their own terrarium. Young animals have the same color as adult animals, only a little more intense in contrast.
Interesting Facts About the Asian House Gecko
The Asian house gecko has a special vocalization, it clicks. These sounds can also be heard in nature during the daytime when they are fighting over their territory.
As well as he can climb, he can also jump.
Note: Unfortunately, the house gecko is still frequently imported to this day. Some animals do not survive the transport or are sick. For the welfare of the animals, please only buy offspring.
How Complex is the Care of an Asian Domestic Gecko?
An Asian house gecko is suitable for beginners and beginners as they are quite straightforward. In addition to the terrarium conditions, you have to feed them daily, spray the terrarium daily or fill up the rain system with fresh water. The temperature and humidity should always be checked. The feces of the animals must be removed at least twice a week. The panes and the decoration should be cleaned in between, depending on how dirty they are. The substrate should be changed once a year.