View Full Version : Skunk Gecko

12-20-2007, 03:25 AM
Hello, first post here :) I recently bought a striped (skunk) gecko or gekko vittatus i believe, just because it looks amazing. To me, it looks like s/he is wearing a pair of iPod headphones :lol: There were 2 in the tank at the pet store, i chose the bigger one eventhough his tail appears to be clipped or he released it on his own. This is not my first gecko, my younger brother has a leo for 5 years now(in a seperate tank ofcourse!) and he is just a great pet, However he is different from the skunk in many ways, are the husbandries any different? I cant find much about the skunk gecko, i read they are a fairly new to the gecko handlers world. Does anyone here own one of these? or know about them? I would appreciate it. He is not so aggresive as say the Tokay gecko, but he opens his mouth a little when handling him but just to warn me he is not pleased with me grabbing him out of his warm home. I know he has to adjust to his tank so i let him be for now. Should I handle him at all? he appears to be very scared and hides under a log. Here is a pic of him, not the greatest pic in the world but its one of him hiding under that log. How long do you think it will it take for his tail to grow back? and could you tell if it has been clipped or if he released it on his own? Thanks!
i am currently beefing him up with crix..he ate on the first night!

what do you think? post your 'Skunk' gecko if you want, i'd love to see.

12-20-2007, 12:17 PM
Hmmm, are you sure its healthy? The right arm looks swollen and the head looks strange. Somehow reminds me of MBD.

Here is a shot of one of mine, when it was younger:




12-20-2007, 07:11 PM
I'm not sure really, whats MBD? maybe its the angle the picture was taken. I basically "rescued" him from a nearby petshop because from the looks of the other one who was in the same tank had also had a clipped tail, was very skinny, the guy said they are nasty towards eachother, so i think they were both male, and he wasnt gonna let the other eat. He ate on the first night, he appears skitish still so I leave him alone. Why does his head look weird? looking at him in person he looks just like any other vittatus, i think maybe the bad photo is throwing it off, I am not a photographer afterall lol Now you worry me :shock:

12-21-2007, 01:01 AM
heres a lil better pic, still learning the camera so bear with me. It appears he is shedding now. I dont know how geckos react to shedding but I know my ball python was pretty cranky when shedding, are geckos the same?

i noticed yours eyes are orange tone! are they still orange now that hes older?

12-21-2007, 03:04 AM

this pic looks much better. But still the lower jaw looks a little strange, make sure to supply it with good calcium and vitamins.

About the eyes, yes on one of my geckos the eyes still look pretty red. Here some more pics:

The red eyed one:



The other one:


They are amazing and also very active during day.



12-21-2007, 04:40 AM
The stripes and eyes on them are beautiful! nice find.

about the jaw; what looks strange? looks swollen? looks the same as any other vittatus ive seen, please explain more

12-30-2007, 12:42 AM
I have a breeding pair of these .

These geckos live in SE Asia forests and near human settlements ,in plantations as well .The are not good pets as long as you intend to handle them ,it causes them a lot of stress and you should avoid it.

They like damp and quite warm atmosphere with a cool end around 80F during the day and a basking spot around 88-90F. At night ,temps can get down to middle 70s. Spray your cage daily and use live plants such as bromeliads or pothos .They also like bark hides and bamboo perches .The substrate should be a 2-3 inches layer of garden mould or coconut mould covered with dead leaves or forest moss.

Adults should be fed every other day large crickets ,roaches ,and occasional mealwmorms or superworms ,some even accept baby mice .A lot of them also feed on fruit which should be a part of their diet ,banana baby food works quite well in a dish placed above the ground level on a branch or inside a bamboo .They are agile and quite nervous but they don't produce loud sounds nor bite painfully .

I would dust their food items at least every other meal with Miner-All I to potect them against calcium deficiencies ,feed them every 3days in the evening when lights are turned off .

UVB lights are not necessary ,they shun bright light sources .Also avoid halogen bulbs or spots ,green,blue ordinary spots or Night Glo bulbs make great basking spots .

You should also check for internal parasites through a fecal sample in a sterile container taken without delay to the nearest rep vet .All imports sufferfrom heavy loads of worms and even protozoans and this should be cured with adequate drugs .Rehydrating your gecko through frequent sprayings is a good idea too .

Hope that helps .

06-10-2008, 11:11 PM
I Have 2!!

06-11-2008, 03:49 AM
I Have 2!!
I have two more once a month :biggrin: