5 Popular Geckos as Pets

Below is a list of a few different types of geckos that are available in today’s pet market. Some geckos are easy to care for, while others  require a little more maintenance. Make sure to do some reading on gecko care before getting one. Keeping geckos as pets can be fun and interesting. With the right care and maintenance, some of these geckos can outlive your normal dog or cat, so be ready for a commitment if you are deciding to get one.

Geckos as Pets

Below are 6 of the most popular geckos kept as pets. The first four are great for beginners, while the last two are more for advanced keepers.

Leopard Gecko

Leopard Gecko, photo by Kouneli

Leopard Gecko

Leopard geckos make great first pets for anyone of any age. They are easy to take care of and are easily tamed. Most leopard geckos will come tame right out of the pet shop, meaning they will tolerate being handled. This is why they are so popular amongst new reptile owners. The only downfall of keeping a leopard gecko is their diet. Leopard geckos are insectivorous, and therefore can only be maintained on a diet of various live insects including mealworms and crickets. Other than that, leopard geckos make great pets.


African Fat Tailed Gecko

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African Fat-Tailed Gecko

African Fat-Tailed Geckos are what most people call the ‘cousin’ of leopard geckos. The reason behind this is because of their appearance. If you place a leopard gecko and African fat-tailed gecko side-by-side, they will appear to look very similar. However, they are not. Their origins differ and they require different care needs. Unlike the leopard gecko who needs a dry environment, African fat-tailed geckos need a more humid environment. Another difference is their appearance. If you look closely, African fat-tailed geckos will appear to be stockier with bulkier heads. In regards to their diet, they are also insectivorous.

Crested Gecko

Crested Gecko, photo by Jennifer Morrow

Crested Gecko

Crested geckos are for those who aren’t really into insects. This type of gecko can be fed a diet primarily based off of a powdered formula that mixes with water. Although their diet consists of this fruity powder mix, they should still be fed live insects 20% of their diet. This will ensure a healthier life for your crested gecko. Unlike the previous geckos, crested geckos are arboreal, which means they like to climb up and down and live in trees. Their terrarium should be set up with lots of vines, branches, and plenty of foliage to climb, jump, and hide in. They also like their environments to be humid, so misting them and their terrarium is a must.

Gargoyle Gecko

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Gargoyle Gecko

Gargoyle geckos can be summarized similar to the crested gecko. Their care requirements, enclosure, diet, and temperament are all very similar to the crested gecko above. It is said by many gargoyle keepers that gargoyle geckos have more of an individual personality, which is why some people may prefer them over crested geckos. They are also less jumpy then crested geckos, which might be better for those who want a calmer gecko to handle. Another difference is their tail. When crested geckos detach their tails from their body, they do not grow back. But when gargoyle geckos drop their tails, they do grow back.

Madagascar Giant Day Gecko

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Giant Day Gecko

The giant day gecko is one of the more colorful types of gecko species that you can keep as a pet. With their vibrant colors, day geckos are quite something to admire. Although they are beautiful, you really shouldn’t try to handle them. Giant day geckos are very fast and fragile, so handling should be kept to a minimum. Their enclosure should be spacious with plenty of vines, foliage, branches, and live plants that aid in raising humidity levels. Their diet consists of a mixture between live insects and acceptable fruit mixtures made specifically for them.

Tokay Gecko

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Tokay gecko

The tokay gecko is a great gecko for those who do not like to hold their lizards. This type of gecko is a “see, but don’t touch” type of pet. The reason is because of their attitude and aggressiveness. They do not tolerate being handled like most other pet geckos, and will usually end up biting their owners. Growing as large as 14 inches in length, this is not a gecko that is easily moved and transported, so cleaning a terrarium will be difficult, especially with the feisty gecko inside of it. However, with experience and extreme care, keeping a tokay gecko can be done.


What’s the Best Pet Gecko?

Although they all make great pets, we decided to vote the leopard gecko as the best pet gecko taking costs, handling, care, and overall pet needs into consideration. Which gecko species do you think is the best pet gecko to keep as a pet? Share with us your thoughts and recommendations down below in the comments section.

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