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03-02-2008, 11:38 PM
What species of Gekko does people keep, besides some of the obvious like Gekko gecko, Gekko Vittatus, and Gekko ulikovskii? I am just curious to see what other species of Gekko that people keep. There are such a cool genus of gecko.

03-02-2008, 11:45 PM
I just recently started with this genus. All I have so far is 1.1 juvie tokays. I would like to get some vittatus when I can though.

03-03-2008, 02:34 AM
I currently keep G. gecko, G. vittatus. G. ulikovskii. G. grossmanni, G. monarchus, G siamensis and G. smithii.
With exception of G. smithii all do breed regularily.
For G. smithii I only have a single female since my very large male (see pic) died from Cryptosporiosis a couple of years ago. Since then I did not find another smithii male.
P.S.: I also kept G. petricolus, but thats now already like 12 years ago.

03-03-2008, 03:15 PM
G. smithii is the only thing I have a pair of. I got three eggs, although I think I ruined them. One had a definate baby in it . . . :cry:

Curious as to how you tell G siamensis and G. smithii apart.

03-04-2008, 02:25 AM
Curious as to how you tell G siamensis and G. smithii apart.


of course they do differ in some aspects of pholidosis and also slightly in the number of preanal pores (10-13 for siamensis, 11-16, mostly at least 14 in smithii). Siamensis only have 11-16 lamellae at their 4th toe, whereas smithii do have 20-26 .
But its much easier to tell the difference at a glance: Smithii always do have a Y shaped marking on the head (can only temporarily be overseen if the animal is stressed and very dark, like in the pic above) , which siamensis never have. Also smithii can grow bigger (max 38 cm vs max 30cm),are of a more slender appearance and more greenish than siamensis, which on the other hand have larger whitish markings and rougher scales. Also the dark bands are much more prominent in most siamensis than in most smithii.
The vent of siamensis always is plain whitish, whereas the belly of smithii is yellowish and can be speckled with darker spots. Aside from the green eyes (which are darker in siamensis), both species do look quite different in real life. The call of the two also is very different.

For comparison hier an adult female (this one btw already is the siamensis specimen most similar to smithiii, I have ever seen) and a baby siamensis:



03-04-2008, 02:55 AM
Thanks I was confused about the Y on the head because of taylori, but the pictures help.