Day Geckos are an impressive animal with their astonishing colours and patterns, and the best part, as the name suggests they are diurnally active (active in the day) so they can be enjoyed in daylight hours. They are arboreal by nature, residing in trees and foliage so a good height is essential of the enclosure. A minimum of 45 x 45 x 60cm is recommended to give adequate opportunity for exercise. Within this space, a variety of branches, logs, vines and foliage should be used to create a secure climbing structure which will ensure your gecko can make use of all areas of the enclosure. The height also provides good opportunity for the growth of live plants. Being skittish, the more hiding places are available the better, such as coconut hides and cork bark as well as dense vegetation - this wont impact on your seeing a decent amount of the gecko still needing to come out for feeding and basking but will make them feel more comfortable.
Being a reptile, your gecko will need providing with sufficient heating and lighting. To start they require a basking temperature of between 30-32C - in an arboreal spot, so best reached with a basking bulb or ceramic heat emitter. Any heat source will need attaching to the relevant thermostat to prevent over heating and keep the animal safe. Temperatures can be measured with an accurate digital thermometer to ensure your system is running correctly. Temperatures can drop to around 15C during the night - which may not require additional heating. This is to mimic a natural temperature drop seen in wild habitats. It is also a necessity to provide UVB which is best in the form of a strip bulb such as Arcadia's 6% T5 (enclosure height dependent). This bulb will be used in a 12 hour cycle, going off as the temperature drops to create an adequate day/night cycle. It is also essential to remember that all UVB bulbs have a lifespan between 6 - 12 months, after which the UV would have faded, even if the bulb is still glowing so it is vital that this is kept on top of. Life span is bulb and brand dependent. UVB enables your gecko to metabolise key nutrients in the body, so they can be used in development and general health so not being provided with it could prove detrimental or even fatal.
Being from rain forest habitats, your gecko will also need a decent level of humidity in the enclosure, which can be achieved with moisture holding substrates, regular spraying and foggers. Using an accurate digital hygrometer to measure, your humidity should sit between 60 - 70%. Day geckos will rarely come to the floor, even to drink so we recommend an arboreal placed water dish, waterfall and broad leaved plants on which water can collect when spraying. Waterfalls especially can contribute to good humidity as well as making the environment look more natural. Ensure water sources are kept clean to avoid bacterial growth.
Being omnivorous the Day Gecko will naturally feed on a variety of insects and forest fruits. To replicate this in captivity, live food such as small crickets, calci worms or soldier flies can be offered (many prey items may be too big so be careful which you choose), fruits such as banana, strawberry and mango and a good quality powder mix such as Repashy or Sticky Foot. All food will need to be supplemented also with calcium, multivitamins and D3 ensuring your gecko is receiving everything nutritionally required of its body.
Swell SuperStore Peacock Day Gecko:
- Current Age/Size - 3 - 4 Inches approx
- Adult Expected Size - 4 - 6 inches
- Habitat - Rain forests of islands of the South-West Indian ocean. Arboreal living.
- Required Enclosure Size - 45 x 45 x 60cm
- UV Lighting - 3 - 4 UVI (6% T5 - Height Dependent)
- Expected Lifespan - 8 - 10 Years
- Temperature Gradient - 22 - 32C
- Humidity Levels - 60 - 70%
- Feeding - Omnivores - Live food such as crickets, calci worms and soldier flies, fruit and powder mixes such as Repashy and Sticky Foot
- Handling - Not for handling due to extremely skittish behaviour, rapid movement and skin sensitivity.
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