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    IMG_7884.jpgIMG_7885.jpgIMG_7887.jpgMy husband works in maintenance and recently somebody moved out and left a small aquarium and gecko behind. We believe the gecko could have been left alone for two or more weeks. We are considering keeping him but have no clue where to start. He is about 8 inches long. We think the tabk is about 10 gallons. We are unsure what is OK. The people lefg behind a bucket of calcium powder and some humidifying spray stuff. We feel like they had some care knowledge but the tank feels way too small for "him".
    What should we feed "him" daily?? My husband wants to give him two or three mealworms daily and maybe a cricket. I read and feel like he needs more worms. I hate to keep starving the poor fellow but is there such a thing as over eating?? Does he need a bigger tank? Any suggestions are welcome. I can post more photos if they will help!
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    Welcome aboard! You've discovered a tokay gecko.

    I've never kept these, but many people do.
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    Looks like a tokay to me too. They are arboreal and do best in a tall enclosure. Google "tokay gecko care" and read up on what to do.

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    you are right, that cage is definitely not well setup for a Tokay. he also looks a little underweight, poor dude.

    for just the basics: my adult Tokay lives in a 24x18x24 planted exoterra, and would use the space if I gave her even more height. I don't feed mealworms as my girl is nice and chunky, but your gecko could use some. I feed twice a week, enough crickets or roaches to last her a couple days. you might want to go more often for him, for now.
    one thing that's very important for a healthy Tokay is humidity. with that setup, you'd need to spray 5 times a day for what the gecko really needs if you use a more natural substrate, or even better a planted tank, it's much easier to keep up the humidity. they're from the tropics in SE Asia; think hot and sticky weather. a hot spot of ~95F is good, with a gradient down to 75ish if the tank is large enough.
    also, as Aliza says, they're arboreal; more height and hides/plants that go tall in the tank are much better suited to your gecko. I find that my girl likes to hide between layers of tile stacked against the back wall of her viv during the day; they like vertical crevice-type hides.

    they're smart, fast, interesting geckos. they also are often known to be crabby, so I'd advise caution when trying to move to a new tank; their bites can be really nasty.
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    Thank you so much for the extra input!!! We are still leaning towards hanging on to the little fellow a little longer and might pick up a larger tank for him soon. Is the green astro turf an ok liner for the moment?
    We bought a bucket of 'superworms' at the pet store when we first found him. My husband is adament that we only give him two or three every other day but i feel like we are starving him and we should plump him up. Any specific feeding plans would be MUCH appreciated as we cannot come to an agreement. Also, how do you guys keep the worms from crawling out of the dish and under the flooring?!? This is very annoying!

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    In general the idea is to feed the gecko as much as it will eat in 15-20 minutes. Super worms aren't ideal because the gecko is arboreal (but it's worth a try). If you put some of the grain that the super worms come in, or a piece of carrot in the dish they won't be as likely to get out. If you're willing to try crickets, that might go over better.

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    I know this is an old thread, but I'm curious about what happened with the gecko? Tokay geckos are the first I ever saw, and I was enamored of their beautiful coloration, but heard that they're nasty-tempered beasts that bite at the drop of a hat, so I never even considered buying one.

    Did you keep this guy? If so, how's "he" doing? Is he gaining weight? Did he get a more appropriate habitat? Do you have photos of him, if you still have him?
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    You can put worms,crickets or roaches in any container with a tight lid. Just poke some holes in it (for air) and give them some bran and carrots and or potatoes.Mine love carrots. Keep in average temp room, as lomg aa they are not freeIng they'll be fine.You should definitely move to a different, more natral food source though when you can . I've been told to only use superworms to fatten my geckos up. As for works, pop them in an ucream box with holes, bran and a carrot cut into strips. Bon appetite!

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