ValueAquatics Care Sheet Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko)
Terrarium: PT-2614 Exo-Terra Glass terrarium
or Vivarium AX36
Lighting: For the PT2614 Terrarium: PT-2228 Compact Fluorescent Terrarium Canopy.
2 x PT-2122 Night Glo Moonlight Lamp T10/25W and 2 x PT-2102 Sun Glo Neodymium Daylight Lamp T10/25W.
For the Ax36 vivarium: ACR30 Arcadia IP64 Dry Vivarium Controller 25/30W. PT-2152 Exo Terra Repti Glo 2.0 (30″)25 Watt
Heating: For the PT2614 Terrarium: PT-2045 Ceramic Heat Emitter Heat Wave Lamp 60W.
PT-2054 Glow Light 21cm/8.5″ Dome Reflector.
Habistat Pulse Proportional Thermostat
For the Ax36 vivarium: PT-2045 Ceramic Heat Emitter Heat Wave Lamp 60W.
Komodo Ceramic Lamp Fixture.
Ceramic Lamp Safety Guard
Habistat Pulse Proportional Thermostat
Substrate: Orchid Bark. Highland Moss
Décor: Plenty of Plants PT-3040 – 3052.
Branches well secured,
Pool Bark Effect small
Hygrometer (Humidity meter)
Scientific name: Gekko gecko
Sub Species: Two subspecies are currently recognized
G. g. gecko : tropical Asia from northeastern India to eastern Indonesia.
G. g. azhari (Mertens 1955): found in Bangladesh
Locality: From northeast India and Bangladesh, throughout Southeast Asia, Philippines to Indonesia and western New Guinea.
Habitat: Native habitat is rainforest trees and cliffs, and it also frequently adapts to rural human habitations, roaming walls and ceilings at night in search of insect prey.
General information: They will routinely bite at anything in close proximity. This is one of those lizards that people keep just because they are interesting to observe. You can handle them, but I don’t recommend it without a glove!
These lizards, originate from the forested regions of South East Asia. They can reach upwards of 12 inches in length, and live on average for 10 years when properly cared for.
Many Tokay lizards are wild caught and have the potential to be loaded with parasites and must be wormed and treated for other parasites.
I have seen tame Tokays that were handle able though these were generally brought up from hatchlings and used to people.
Housing: This species does not have to housed individually, but special care should be taken to ensure that males are not kept in the same enclosure. They will more than likely fight and injure one another. I recommend a tall arboreal vivarium or one of the Exo-Terra Glass terrariums (PT-2614) for up to two Tokay Geckos.
Hides or caves should be placed on both sides (hot & cool end) of the Vivarium/Terrarium. This is to reduce stress and ensure that your gecko will feel comfortable moving all around his new home and not feel vulnerable and exposed.
The vivarium should be stripped down a cleaned out totally every two months the substrate should be spot cleaned daily or if newspaper or kitchen paper is used changed every week.
Wash down the vivarium with a reptile cleaner like Cascade Reptile Habitat Disinfectant or similar.
The substrate can be Newspaper which is easy to clean simply roll up throw out and add fresh. The only down side is it does not look very nice, I prefer to use Forest bark and some moss which is kept damp at one end this helps to keep the humidity up.
Lighting: Tokay geckos are primarily nocturnal, mostly active at night. They will not require special lighting of any kind such as full spectrum UVA probably wouldn’t hurt to have it during the daytime, but there is little evidence suggesting it would help.
Use a UVA/B 2.0 fluorescent tube or the day and an Exo-Terra Night Glo blue light for watching them during the night. Give them 10-12 hours daylight. / UVB lights. It
Heating: The ceramic Heater or Infra red bulb should be placed at one end of the vivarium, so that there is a temperature gradient of hot to cool. Always use a thermostat wit the heater, For the Ceramic use a Pulse proportional thermostat and a dimmer thermostat with the IR Bulb.
Always use a safety guard on the heat source to stop the gecko coming into contact with it and getting badly burnt.
The temperature should range from around 75-87° Fahrenheit during the day, dropping to approximately 70-75° Fahrenheit at night.
Humidity: Try to keep the humidity at around 80% keeping some damp moss in the vivarium and spraying morning and evening should be enough to maintain this. Keep one hide with damp moss in especially when your Gecko is about to shed as this will help it to have a healthy shed.
Feeding: Tokays are carnivorous and require a diet of insects and when older pinkie mice. Always give them a mixed diet. Feed Wax worms, meal worms, Morio worms (giant meal worms), Crickets brown and black, Locusts. Pinkie mice (for adults).
Dust their food with Calcium +D3 powder three or four times a week and twice a week with added vitamins.
The best way to dust the food is to put a small amount of the Calcium or vitamins into a plastic bag add the crickets etc shake, then shake the excess powder into one corner pinch it between you finger and thumb without squashing any bugs then simply tip into the vivarium holding back the excess powder which can be used next time.
Or you can use the Exo Terra Termite Hill Reptile Cricket Feeder and put the Ca or vitamin powder in that with the feeder crickets.
Wax worms are very fatty and can become addictive so only feed as a treat or if you’re Gecko has been ill and needs a boost.
As a rule of thumb the best way to judge what size food to give your Tokay is to offer prey items that are no bigger than the width of the Geckos head.
Feed the insects for two days prior to feeding crickets apple, biscuit, cereal, greens with vitamins and calcium sprinkled on them.
Locust’s greens or grass with added Ca and vitamins.
You can buy bug grub to feed the insects if you prefer.
Hatchlings will require feeding 1-2 times a day, Juveniles once a day and try to keep to a regular feeding time. Adults should be fed about 5 days a week. I feed my adult Tokays a pinkie mouse once a month as a treat and the females after egg laying, this helps them re gain any lost weight quicker.
Remove any crickets that have not been eaten after 20 minutes. Any crickets left in especially at night can bite your gecko if it is not hungry. Crickets can also make short work of any eggs that might be in the vivarium.
Sexing: Adult Tokay Geckos are easy to sex. Males look for the prominent V-shaped row of pre-anal pores just above the cloacae. There is also a bulge called the Hemipenal bulge just above the cloacae.
Females also have the V-shaped pre-anal pores, but they are much less defined, smaller. No bulge above the cloacae.