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FLYING GECKO


Reptile Rapture,
6308 Monona Dr, Monona WI 53516
608-221-0094, www.reptilerapture.net

FLYING GECKO Caresheet

Common Name: Flying Gecko
Scientific Name: Ptychozoon kuhli
Origin: Southeast Asia from southern Thailand to Sulawesi
Size: 4-7" head to tail
Lifespan: 5-8 years

You will find many ways on the internet on "how to" take care of this animal. This care sheet is showing the way we found works best for us from our many years of experience of breeding and caring for this species.

In the wild, flying geckos live in the trees of the southeast Asian rainforest. They skillfully leap from branch to branch (gliding through the air rather than flying) to find food and avoid predation.

HOUSING
Your enclosure should be taller than it is wide with some nice height to it. One adult can live in a 12" x 12" x 24" enclosure for its entire life. However, if you want to have more than one, Exo Terras 18" x 18" x 24" is the minimum size for a pair or trio of flying geckos. Exo Terras screen enclosures can also be used, but you will spend more time keeping the humidity up in this enclosure.

Groups of one male and two females or all females work well. If you have more than one adult male, they can fight over females. Best to keep them in separate cages. It's also important that the geckos are of similar sizes. If one is significantly larger than the other, the smaller usually ends up as a snack for the bigger.

Since flying geckos are arboreal, they don't spend much time on the ground. You will want to furnish their enclosure with plenty of foliage (live or fake plants) which allows them places to climb and hide. Also include several ledges and places to hide along the sides of the cage so they have a variety to choose from. 

LIGHTING & TEMPERATURES
Being nocturnal, flying geckos usually sleep in the foliage or other hiding spots during the day and are active at night. UVB lighting is not necessary for these guys. You'll want to turn any daylight off at night.

The easiest way to increase the heat in your enclosure is with a Reptile Basking bulb, black light heat bulb or a heat emitter. You always want one side of the tank to be warmer and the other side to be cooler. This way your gecko can regulate its own body temperature.

The hot spot should be between 88-90 degrees Fahrenheit and the cool area no lower than 76. Use a good quality temperature gauge, like Zoo Meds digital temp gauge or Exo Terras Thermometer.


HUMIDITY
Misting the enclosure twice a day will usually provide enough moisture for your geckos. They like to lick water off the glass and foliage in the enclosure. Yet, you can also have a water dish for them to use if they choose. We recommend a magnetic water/feeding ledge.
If you live in the Southwestern United States where it's very dry--or in the Northern part of the United States where winter is very dry--you may have to mist more frequently.

FEEDING
Young geckos should be fed everyday, adults every other day. The diet consists of a variety of insects and bugs including crickets, roaches, mealworms, waxworms. The feeder bugs should be no larger than the width of the gecko's head.

For extra calcium and vitamins,  dust the bugs with supplements such as Repashy Calcium Plus every feeding. Or use Zoo Med Calcium without d3, every feeding for young and 2-3 x a week for adults. Use Zoo med multivitamin with D3 only 1x a week. The day you use the multivitamin do not use the calcium.

TEMPERAMENT
Unlike its cousin the crested gecko, the flying gecko is more skittish and doesn't like to be handled. It also has thin skin which you should be careful not to rip.

Nonetheless, the flying gecko is a unique and fascinating lizard that makes for a rewarding pet.