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Gecko? Hitched a Ride from Anguilla!

Discussion in 'Geckos - Other' started by anguillamystery, Mar 1, 2008.

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  1. Does anyone know what this is and how we can take care of it?
    We found it in our suitcase while unpacking from a trip to Anguilla.
    We got back to CT on Monday night and found it Tues since then
    it has lived in a coke bottle with lettuce and water and bread. It has pooped a couple of times and it still jumps and crawls, but I want to make sure we are
    taking care of it correctly. Today we moved it into a large container with shells, sand etc. but are not sure what to feed it (in case the lettuce is not right).
    I've been googling all over the place and it kind of looks like a dwarf gecko to me, but it could just be a baby something... I have no clue.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you soooo much in advance:confused::confused::confused:.

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  2. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    While I don't know what type of gecko that is, I have yet to read about any that were herbivores. I would suggest you get some crickets for this guy and see how he reacts. I speculate that he will go after them pretty quickly if he hasn't eaten in a few days.
  3. Thanks Rich. He is really tiny though... a regular size cricket could eat this gecko! Any other ideas on what he could eat? Are there mini crickets?
  4. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Yes, there are pinheads. You could also try wingless fruitflies. Petco sells them. He is about the size of a baby leo from the pics (maybe a little smaller) and they take the small crickets with no issues. I would give those a whirl. If they don't work, go with the flies. ;)
  5. Thanks again. I'll head to petco or petsmart tomorrow. I am pretty sure he has not eaten since Sunday!
  6. Ollie

    Ollie Elite Member

    Yeah, I caught a house gecko that looked exactly like that. Bigger, but exactly like that. We fed it small crickets, but there are the pinheads...and i'm sure that it would be happy with those. Try and hurry and feed it though, I looked into it and they're supposed to eat daily almost. He's really pretty though...goodluck and keep us posted
  7. Moshpitrockchick

    Moshpitrockchick Subscribed User Premium Member

    Since Angullia is tropical I would get him set up in a tropical cage, he'll need a good water source, lots of hiding places and you should mist the tank with water a couple of times a day.

    Also it should be kept warm, you want to replicate it's natural habitat as closely as you can.
  8. MoogleBass

    MoogleBass Kittes are so nice! Premium Member

    Looks like a mediternna house gecko. Those things are all over flordia. Im not sure where Angullia is. Ill look a bit later, Im sure that it is a house gecko of some kind.
  9. Ollie

    Ollie Elite Member

    Oh yeah, they're always in my house (i live in Florida) i'm almost certain it's a house gecko. Or mediterranean gecko (same thing). Yeah, Ryan and I kept some for a little while and we just made sure they had a lot of water and leaves and hiding spots. They really like to be up high in hiding spots, so try and do something like that, maybe a high tank with some leaves or flaps to hide behind. Keep us updated
  10. 904cresteds

    904cresteds Elite Member

    ya i have them in my house all the time they live behind my dryer! :p
  11. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    ok, we need to start from scratch.

    Since he is so tiny, try a 5 or 10 gallon tank. Buy a brick of shredded coconut husk, its about $4. Soak it in warm water in a bucket and it will expand. Use that as a substrate.

    If you are a good houseplant person, put a bunch of pothos plant clippings in the dirt and it will give him some nice hiding spots. If not, head to any craft store and get yourself a fake bunch of pothos or ivy or something similar for him to hide in.

    You will need a shallow water dish for him. A little cat dish will do.

    You will need a few branches. You can do this two ways. You can find fallen ones outside, cut them to size and bake them for 30 minutes at 350 degrees to kill off any yucky stuff. OR you can just go to a pet store and buy a few fake branches. Whichever you decide, stick the fake plant in the whole bunch of sticks.

    Last, you need light and heat. A simple under the tank heater should work well, get the smallest one they have. Then at the top, place a shop light (or you can put it near a house lamp too) and give him 12 hours of light. You want to aim for a temp between 75 and 82. Get a thermometer at the pet store as well. If its gets too warm, dim down the light bulb to a lower wattage. If you are down to a 15 watt bulb and its still too hot... well we will cross that bridge when we get there.

    I hope this is a good amount of basic stuff. you might also want to see if you can get tiny mealworms. He might eat those too.

    Here is a very basic care sheet i found for them.
    Cheyenne Herpers Club: House Gecko Care Sheet
  12. fire2225ems

    fire2225ems Subscribed User Premium Member

    you have gotten a lot of really good advice, just want to add that the best way to tell what size food to feed is that you want to give it as big of food as is safe and nothing bigger than the space that is between the eyes.

    Good luck! and welcome to the site!
  13. mshrmheadcharge

    mshrmheadcharge Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    Good luck with your little guy!
    Welcome to the HCN, we are glad to have ya!
  14. Thank you all SO MUCH! Great advice. Here is an update on the little critter...
    On Sunday we took him to 2 pet stores and tried to get him to eat. Neither store had pinheads but we tried the smallest crickets they had (7 day old) and the smallest meal worms they had. He was not interested at all, but was pretty active and jumpy so we knew he was not on the verge of starvation. Since he would not eat the 4 crickets or the mealworm, I threw in a half dead fly my husband caught along with more lettuce and apple baby food (as someone at one petshop suggested) and hoped he would live through the night.

    This AM, there was a dead fly, a dead cricket and a couple of crickets hopping around. One cricket seemed t be missing and so did the meal worm. Went to Petsmart and got some flightless fruit flies. Finally something smaller than his head! While I was there, the reptile lady told me that I should not have dirt in the cage until he got bigger b/c he could ingest it and it could hurt him. She said I should have a paper towel or something so that he could not eat it and also so he could see the fruit flies. She dumped the dirt for me and sifted it and said the other cricket and the meal worm had disappeared so he probably ate them. The meal worm was as long as his torso and head together so I can't imagine he could have, but you never know.

    He does not seem to be eating the fruit flies, but he is jumping around more, climbing the walls of his glass home and is sticking his tongue out sometimes.

    I hope he lives, but we don't want to buy him a real tank until we can at least get him eating. For now he is in a 2 gallon (approx), glass cylinder with a paper towel in the bottom and a juice bottle cap for a water dish. There are a few shells in there that he likes to hide in and a small fake plant. There are about a dozen fruit flies and a small cricket in there with him.

    He has a heating lamp next to his container and I am keeping the temp between 80 an 90 and am misting it with water a couple of times a day.

    He seems pretty active, so .... So far so good. If anyone has any more ideas, please let me know. I will keep you guys posted on his progress as well. The kids named him Alex since they do not know if he/she is a boy or girl.:)

    Thanks again :)
  15. Wow! Thanks for all the info. Will come in handy once we are sure he is going to make it. Will really help us in picking and furnishing his permanent house!
  16. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    yes, paper towel for substrate is perfectly fine. In fact I should have suggested that. DUH.

    I would stop carting him around. He probably isn't eating in the store because he is stressed. I would avoid feeding him things caught in the house, since they could carry any number of diseases or have come into contact with chemicals.

    The misting will help him a lot, he was probably really dehydrated. I don't know why people keep suggesting vegetable stuff, they don't eat that. They eat protein based things. Maybe they are suggesting that for the crickets, so the crickets have something to eat? Crickets will munch on your critter if they don't have something in the tank to eat. I usually stick a bit of carrot in with mine.
  17. RedLocks

    RedLocks Elite Member

    S/he is very cute!! Hopefully Alex will settle down after all the craziness he/she has been through and eat something has probably been a very stressful few days!! haha Good luck!! Post more pics if you can :)

    Oh, and welcome. Duh. haha
  18. furryscaly

    furryscaly Elite Member

    If I had to make an educated guess, I'd say that's a juvenile tropical house gecko, Hemidactylus mabouia, not a Mediterranean house gecko, Hemidactylus turcicus. Tropical house geckos have many other common names, such as the Amerafrican house gecko, Afro-American house gecko, cosmopolitan house gecko, etc. If you ever manage to get a photo of the underside of the feet, that would confirm its placement in the Hemidactylus genus.

    Care for house geckos is pretty much the same for the most commonly seen species. In the US they share habitat with green anoles and Mediterranean house geckos.
  19. fire2225ems

    fire2225ems Subscribed User Premium Member

    I would also say ditch the veggies, if you want to continue using baby food as a supplement then go with a chicken or other meat version. Leaving him in one place and giving him time to get comfortable with his surroundings is also a good idea. Try to make sure he has plenty of hiding spots.
  20. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    excellent suggestion!
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