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House Gecko Care Sheet

Scientific Name: Hemidactylus frenatus

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Impossibly fast, the House Gecko is a very small and common Gecko. It is also very easy to keep, and a good choice for beginners. House Geckos are normally yellowish-brown in colour, and have a very granular appearance to their skin.

Head over to In The Wild For statistics and more information about the House Gecko in their natural habitats.

Captive Care Information

Food & Water

Like most lizards, the House Gecko needs a varied diet consisting of properly gut-loaded feeder insects. Give them crickets, mealworms, small silkworms and other small insects. The insects will need to be dusted with a multi-vitamin/calcium supplement. Give your House Gecko's new and clean water each and every day.

Lighting, Temperature & Humidity

House Geckos will not need full-spectrum UVB lighting. They need a heat gradient ranging from 75 degrees F to 89 degrees F during the daytime hours. Keep the lights on for a 10 to 12 hour cycle. An incandescent bulb should be the lighting source, with a ceramic heat emitter or a heating pad used at night. During night hours, keep the temperature between 65 degrees F and 70 degrees F. House Geckos need a moderate humidity level. Keeping it around 60% should suffice.


Since these Geckos are small, they do not need much room. For a single House Gecko, a 18" x 18" x 18" habitat should be used as a minimum size. Bigger is always better. For multiple House Geckos, increase the size accordingly. They will need a lot of branches and plants to climb and hide. They need even more spaces to hide if you house multiple House Geckos. Use a mulch, bark or playsand as the substrate.


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