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    Hi All,

    I'm pretty new to this and am looking for some advice - we wanted something different as a pet and I wanted a more creative way of showing off some of my orchids (one of my other hobbies), so we now have a 60cmx45cmx60cm setup with a Madagascar Day Gecko (Geraldine - no idea why my wife has called her Geraldine but that's what she decided!)

    From what the pet store has said I should be ok to add 2-3 red eyed tree frogs in with her provided they are adults as she will be out during the day and they've nocturnal (she's fully grown, they've said adults so she doesn't end up having a very expensive snack!) Does anyone else have any experience in mixing red eyed tree frogs with Madagascar Day Geckos - are there any 'gotchas' or should it just work ok?

    The Vivarium is heavily planted with orchids and I generally keep the humidity 70% plus

    Hope someone can help
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    Nathan

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    A general rule of thumb is to not mix species inside of an enclosure. It can out unneeded stress on your animals. Also they aren't together in the wild and if they are they have a vast amount of area to get away if needed, unlike in your enclosure. I would be very wary of what pet store associates tell you, I was told crested geckos are like desert species which couldn't be more wrong.
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    Welcome! My grandmother's name is Geraldine.
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    Welcome to GU! Like @CrestedRick said, be careful of what someone in a Pet store says. Most pet stores hire anybody that can wear the uniform and do as they are told, not because they actually know about any given animal(s) I found two care sheets which may provide a better insight on how compatible these two animals are. 1st up is the Day Gecko (Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis) Care Sheet for looking after your Madagascan Giant Day Gecko
    Next the Red Eyed Tree Frog HerpSupplies.com - Red Eyed Tree Frog Care Sheet

    Hopefully these help you cross reference the needs of both species and see if this really is a good odea or not

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    Thanks for the advice folks. I've found a different reptile specialist store a bit further away and they've concurred - don't mix species! They said to just stick with Day Geckos in the tank and nothing else, so the upshot is Geraldine now has 2 friends - Gilbert and Gertrude (no idea where my wife gets the names from :-S). I was very impressed with them - they wanted photos of the setup with evidence of the size before they would even consider talking to me about selling me the animals which I've taken as a very good sign - once they'd checked everything was good they were happy, I'll definitely be using them again.
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    Sounds like you found a great exotics store! We need more of those! You should share some pictures of your little ones!
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    Good you didn't mix them with the frogs, it would have been a recipy for disaster...

    On the other hand, keeping more than 2 females of Phelsuma in the same closed environment most of the times also does not end well, females can be very intolerant towards each other.
    It can work in very large enclosures but not in a standard sized tank, and usually it's best to just keep them single or in pairs.
    I hate to sound this negative but i also find the size of your enclosure to be on the small side for such a large and active species, the with and depth are acceptable but it wouldn't hurt if the height was double that size, especially with 3 of them housed in it.
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