The gargoyle gecko is one of the most popular pet reptiles for a number of reasons. For one, they are low maintenance and have an easy temperament, making them an ideal first pet for beginners. But before you make a visit to your local pet store looking to adopt, you should know exactly how to care for a gargoyle gecko.
Gargoyle gecko care is extremely easy, but you must consider factors such as food, temperature, environment, and companionship. The bare essentials of taking care of a gargoyle gecko includes keeping them in an 18″x18″x24″ terrarium, misting twice daily, and feeding them a crested gecko diet (like Repashy or Pangea). There is a lot more to learn, however.
In this article, we’ll be going in-depth into how you can properly care for your gargoyle gecko, as well as must-haves to keep your new pet healthy and happy. If you’re interested in learning more about these topics, keep on reading.
Gargoyle geckos are omnivorous creatures, meaning their diet can consist of things like insects, fruit, and vegetation.
Your gecko will be happy with any of these options, but we’ll dive deeper into each option a little more. If you choose to feed your gecko live insects, brown crickets are recommended.
If your gecko will not consume brown crickets, black crickets or locusts will also do the trick. While this product does not contain live crickets, this JurassiPet EasiCricket Crickets will keep your gecko happy and well-fed.
Once in a while, you may want to supply your gecko with a treat, and for that occasion, you could feed your gecko a variety of worms. Worms like wax worms or mealworms make a great snack for geckos, but should be treated to your pet no more than once a week, as they are quite fatty.
Mealworms can also be hard to digest, so it’s suggested to only feed these kinds of worms to a mature gecko – being 18 months or older. All in all, worms can be a great treat for your gargoyle gecko.
As for fruits and vegetation, there are many options from gelled food to powder mix diets that you can choose for your gecko. For the gelled food option, there are the Nature Zone Bites, that give your geckos the nutrients it needs.
If you’re looking for a powdered option, this Repashy Superfood Replacement Powder is a flavorful option that will keep your gecko friend strong and healthy. With powdered options, it’s easy to just mix in with water, and your gecko will be all set.
As for hydration, it’s important to always have a fresh bowl of water inside your gecko’s tank. You should also remember to disinfect your gecko’s water bowl at least once a week. Even if you never see your gecko drink from the bowl, it’s important to always have water available for your friend.
Knowing the proper amount of food and water to give your gargoyle gecko is essential to keeping your pet happy and healthy.
You want your gargoyle gecko to stay healthy as well as comfortable, so it’s important to set up appropriate housing for your pet.
A single gecko can be kept in an 18″x18″x24″ glass terrarium. A juvenile may be better suited to a smaller 12″x12″x18″ enclosure. (And a super young one may be kept in a very small container, just to make sure they don’t get lost and can find their food.) The important thing is to keep them in a tank that has a lot of vertical room to climb, since they naturally live in trees.
Purchasing things like small branches and wooden trees that your gecko can climb that will fit into your tank will keep your friend happy and preoccupied. The tank in the above picture could probably use both some large branches to climb on as well as fake vines.
Another important factor to keep in mind when it comes to the inside of your tank is temperature. Geckos should be kept in environments around 74-78°F (23-26°C). While they may be able to live in temperatures somewhat higher, they should never be kept in temperatures of 80°F (29°C) or higher for extended periods.
Gargoyle geckos should be kept at around 50-70% humidity. A little on the higher end at night, and lower during the day.
Meanwhile, gargoyle geckos don’t require any type of special lighting or heating, although a low-level UV bulb may be appreciated if you’re using a larger tank.
Another factor to consider when housing more than one gecko its sex. Two male geckos are more likely to fight and become aggressive with each other, as opposed to one female and one male sharing a tank.
This also goes for two female geckos sharing a tank, as there can also be hostility there as well. It’s suggested that you don’t keep two geckos of the same sex in the same space, as it can create an unsafe environment for both of your geckos.
Investing in the proper tank and equipment is an important step in terms of giving your gargoyle gecko a safe and stable environment to grow and be healthy.
While you might be overwhelmed with excitement when first purchasing your gargoyle gecko, they should not be handled immediately.
Give your gecko time to settle into their environment for at least four weeks, and give them time to eat regularly before you begin handling them. When you start handling your gecko, make it short, leaving them out of their tank for no more than five minutes.
It’s also safe to wait until your gecko has reached at least 3 inches (8cm) to begin handling.
Younger gargoyle geckos can be easily injured during handling, so it’s recommended for owners to wait before reaching in the tank to say hello. Younger geckos also have a tendency to bite, so it’s best to allow them to get used to their new space before handling.
Handling your gecko for short periods of time as well as being cautious and gentle is another key step for properly caring for your new gecko.
Losing their tail is a concern, but they will regrow their tail if they drop it. (Unlike crested geckos, which never regrow their tails.)
Cleaning your gargoyle gecko’s environment is essential to allow them to stay healthy and happy.
It’s recommended that you do a spot clean of your gecko’s tank every day, and a full clean every four weeks. Whenever you do clean your tank, it’s important to take your gecko and all the remaining items in the tank out.
Once your tank is bare, begin spraying the tank with a reptile friendly disinfectant. The Zoo Med Wipe Out Cage Cleaner is an excellent choice that will keep your equipment and your geckos in top tier condition.
After you’ve allowed the cleaner to sit within the tank for about 30 seconds, you can begin to wipe down the inside of the enclosure.
Your decorations can be cleaned in the same way, just spray them with the appropriate cleaner and then rinse them with water before drying them off. It’s important to take these steps when recommended, in order to keep your tank as well as your gecko friend bacteria-free.
In the video below, you’ll see an example of the different kinds of cleaners you can use to successfully clean out your gecko’s tank, watch to learn more.
Hopefully, now you have a better understanding in terms of how you can properly care for your new gargoyle gecko.
Becoming a new pet owner can be rewarding but also challenging, as you may have to put a fair amount of time and research into how to properly care for certain animals.
For gargoyle geckos, we went over the basics of how you can successfully care for these animals. Factors like what gargoyle geckos eat and how much they consume are important and are must-knows. This is also the case for the appropriate temperature and environment they should be subjected to.
With all this new information, it looks like you’re ready to become the new owner of a gargoyle gecko and do so successfully.