Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Breeding Phelsuma Geckos and Raising Hatchlings

March 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 122

Day geckos of the genus Phelsuma are generally considered quite difficult to keep in captivity, they are also quite shy and very fast, and, unlike leopard or crested geckos, should not be handled. They do, however, have two attributes that makes them very rewarding pets, most species have stunningly bright colours,and they are diurnal and can be observed throughout the day. The species are native to islands of the Indian Ocean, especially Madagascar and Mauritius.

Day geckos are highly territorial, two males should never be housed together. In the wild they are solitary, the female only enters the male's territory when she is ready to breed and does not remain with him. However, it is possible to house pairs together, although vigilance is needed, even if they appear to get on well, in case the male becomes aggressive towards the female. Introducing the two geckos for the first time is a risky business, it is safer to introduce a male (who is usually more aggressive) to the female's tank, he will be wary because of the new environment and less likely to fight. The smaller and medium species usually reach sexual maturity when they are nine months old. Large species (P. madagascariensis and P. standingi) might take eighteen months.

Maintaining genetic diversity is very important, and it is essential that only unrelated males and females are bred. Otherwise inbreeding will lead to producing weaker offspring, in which recessive mutations accumulate and will eventually do great harm to the captive collection of the species. Day gecko females produce one or two eggs at a time, depending on the species they may be glued to glass or furnishings. The eggs are often removed out of the enclosure and incubated at the correct temperature, however this is sometimes impossible since the eggs might be glued deep inside a bamboo tube. The sex of the offspring is not genetically determined but depends on environmental factors during incubation, usually the temperature.

For most species an incubation temperature of 82F and 60% humidity produce good results. The eggs will hatch after 30-90 day on species and environment. If the eggs were incubated in situ baby geckos must be removed as soon as they are hatched, to prevent them being harmed or eaten by their parents. The exception to this is P. klemmeri, which is not as aggressive and can be kept in "family" setups. The hatchlings should be kept individually, to prevent competition where some juveniles grow much more slowly than their dominant sibling. The young geckos should be housed in small enclosures (small kritter keepers are ideal). Maintaining high humidity is even more important than for adults since they desiccate easily. They should be fed daily on fruit puree/baby food supplemented with calcium and on drosophila and pinhead crickets. The size of the crickets can be increased as the gecko grows. Correct nutrition and supplementation with calcium and vitamin D3/ UVB light is essential to prevent weak bones and skeletal deformities.

Phelsuma geckos are ornamental and fascinating reptiles, breeding them provides the keeper with great satisfaction and may help save some species from extinction. For more information about the different species and detailed terrarium setups and husbandry go to and

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:

Raising Hatchlings


Breeding Phelsuma Geckos


Day Geckos


Phelsuma Geckos

As a consequence, they are better placed to fight any disease effortlessly. Alternatively, you can give them organic and natural food.As a consequence, they are better placed to fight any disease

By: Simon Liva l Pets > Dogs l December 11, 2012 lViews: 251

The captive parrot population is exploding and so is the neglect and abuse, breeders, Bird Food Manufacturers all seek to keep this trend growing in the name of profits,with no regard for the

By: Ray McLennan l Pets > Birds l November 16, 2012 lViews: 767

The Cardinal is the Kentucky state bird. Many people love watching them in their backyards but are not familiar with the facts about this Northeastern bird. They are stunning against any background

By: Jack l Pets > Birds l October 31, 2012 lViews: 246

Establishing and maintaining good levels of oral health is important for both humans and animals to ensure they can enjoy a quality of life. Each part of the mouth area, from the teeth to the jaws,

By: Edward Swan l Pets > Dogs l October 27, 2012 lViews: 228

There's more to keeping your dog at home than just installing an invisible pet fence and hoping for the best. Take steps to train your dog so he understands and accepts his boundaries.

By: Penny Q Jones l Pets > Dogs l July 06, 2012 lViews: 261

Dogs face many complications and diseases during their lifetime and effects from parasites are one of them. This article entails some significant features that can help you understand the importance

By: Kannoujia Tapas l Pets > Dogs l July 05, 2012 lViews: 261

It's important to understand how to properly care for your new Chubby Frog. Chubby Frogs make great beginner pets, but just like any other animal, they have unique needs.

By: JM Danielsl Pets > Reptiles Amphibiansl June 12, 2012 lViews: 204

What kinds of tortoise make the best pets to keep in an inside enclosure in your home? How to provide a suitable home for your new pet.

By: Ellie Bearl Pets > Reptiles Amphibiansl June 12, 2012 lViews: 161

What is the best food for your tortoise requires some understanding of where in the world your tortoise would naturally live. It is also necessary to take into account how good nutrition will ensure

By: Ellie Bearl Pets > Reptiles Amphibiansl June 12, 2012 lViews: 190

What is the best tortoise food and how can you provide this? An understanding of the different elements to good nutrition will help you to provide this and ensure the health and growth of your

By: Ellie Bearl Pets > Reptiles Amphibiansl June 12, 2012 lViews: 164

Tortoise shelters are essential to provide a place for your tortoise to live happily. They need to hide away from the world as well as have a place for basking in.

By: Ellie Bearl Pets > Reptiles Amphibiansl June 12, 2012 lViews: 223

If you're planning to have a Tokay gecko as your pet, the first challenge you will encounter is knowing where and how to buy it. Geckos, specifically Tokays, are becoming a threatened species because

By: Antonio Howell M.D.l Pets > Reptiles Amphibiansl June 11, 2012 lViews: 182

Raising tadpoles successfully is the most difficult part a breeding your pet frogs. Although specific requirements will depend on the species being raised, these general considerations about water

By: Anita A AbuDayal Pets > Reptiles Amphibiansl May 30, 2012 lViews: 158

Discuss this Article

comments powered by Disqus