Florida gecko

Birby

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Found in the keys inside the shower. Looking online i think its an adult ashy gecko but im not sure because he just doesnt seem to have the patterning

he has eaten several crickets and stalks the crickets slowly before zooming after them. he eats them whole and hunts by movement
 

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Elizabeth Freer

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Found in the keys inside the shower. Looking online i think its an adult ashy gecko but im not sure because he just doesnt seem to have the patterning

he has eaten several crickets and stalks the crickets slowly before zooming after them. he eats them whole and hunts by movement

Can you post a clear photo? Is this gecko always pale or does he color up at times?

Are you keeping him?

Even if no one can ID it, it's still important for him to get calcium with D3 and multivitamins. I prefer and use Zoo Med's supplements. Can you get Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3? Lightly dust it on all his crickets @ 1 feeding per week.

Probably it will also be good to get Zoo Med's Reptivite multivitamins without D3.
 

GeckoLeen

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Hi Birby!

Looks like a house gecko. Do you live in Florida? Are you keeping this guy? Glad to hear he is eating well, and yes, the calcium is important. :)
 

Birby

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hes always pale i have never seen him become a darker or brighter color. he can climb walls very easily and sticks to plastic like a pro

i am keeping him since im pretty sure hes an invasive species


the dust does that mean he only gets dusted crickets once a week with all the calicum and d3? does he need to be put outside for the sunlight?
 

Elizabeth Freer

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hes always pale i have never seen him become a darker or brighter color. he can climb walls very easily and sticks to plastic like a pro

i am keeping him since im pretty sure hes an invasive species


the dust does that mean he only gets dusted crickets once a week with all the calicum and d3? does he need to be put outside for the sunlight?

What temp is the room where his enclosure sits? Has his enclosure lots of hiding places (silk plants, a potted snake plant, etc)? Keep him inside @ similar temps to outside. Use powdered vitamin D3 calcium @ only 1 feeding per week instead of the sun. D3 is a fat soluble vitamin. It need not be taken at every feeding. :)

Monday -- Lightly dust all crickets with Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3
Wed -- Lightly dust all crickets with Zoo Med's Repti Calcium without D3
Fri -- plain crickets

What are you feeding the crickets?
 
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Birby

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whats a silk plant? and hes in my room and thats upstairs so i think its high 70s low 80s. so i should feed him 3 times a week? monday with calcium and d3, wed with calcium and friday with plain.

i dont feed the crickets? i buy them at the store
 

Elizabeth Freer

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whats a silk plant? and hes in my room and thats upstairs so i think its high 70s low 80s. so i should feed him 3 times a week? monday with calcium and d3, wed with calcium and friday with plain.

i dont feed the crickets? i buy them at the store
Yes, feed and lightly supplement your gecko just like you describe. Spray his enclosure once per day.

"Silk plants" are artificial foliage that one can buy at craft stores or $ stores.

Place a very small amount of each powder into separate medium or tall deli containers. Cap with snug fitting lids. When it comes time to dust, drop the crickets into that container and swirl. Gently bounce the crickets off the bottom of that container to shake off some powder. Use a small scoop (or measuring spoon) to remove the powdered crickets. Feed powdered crickets to gecko. Then cap the container for next time.

Have you named this gecko?

After you buy the crickets -- and before you feed them to your gecko -- it's important to feed them. Otherwise the crickets' guts will be empty. The food you give the crickets will nourish your gecko.

For your cricket enclosure I suggest an XL Kritter Keeper or a medium plastic bin. It's easy to keep small crickets alive a month or longer when one provides lots of space with egg flats and just the right amount of moisture. However, those crickets could grow too large for your gecko.
 
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Birby

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Yes, feed and lightly supplement your gecko just like you describe. Spray his enclosure once per day.

"Silk plants" are artificial foliage that one can buy at craft stores or $ stores.

Place a very small amount of each powder into separate medium or tall deli containers. Cap with snug fitting lids. When it comes time to dust, drop the crickets into that container and swirl. Gently bounce the crickets off the bottom of that container to shake off some powder. Use a small scoop (or measuring spoon) to remove the powdered crickets. Feed powdered crickets to gecko. Then cap the container for next time.

Have you named this gecko?

After you buy the crickets -- and before you feed them to your gecko -- it's important to feed them. Otherwise the crickets' guts will be empty. The food you give the crickets will nourish your gecko.

For your cricket enclosure I suggest an XL Kritter Keeper or a medium plastic bin. It's easy to keep small crickets alive a month or longer when one provides lots of space with egg flats and just the right amount of moisture. However, those crickets could grow too large for your gecko.


i named her Mocha. i think its a her because she doesnt have a v shape on her legs? can i use an air plant instead of a silk plant? my mom has lots of air plants

should i only feed mocha 3 times a week then? just those 3 days with the powders and then no more crickets?

can crickets eat lettuce? or carrots? or kale? if those crickets that i keep in a bin get too big would they make babies to feed mocha?

i spray water once a day and shes pooped 5 times. how often is she supposed to poop?

my dad says i should put sand on the bottom of her cage instead of it being bare bottom should i do that? she doesnt seem to like the bottom. she hangs out on top around the lid. i gave her a stick to crawl on.

does mocha need a water bowl? does she shed like other lizards? do i need to put her outside for sunlight? my dad did that with my anoles but he ended up killing them because they cooked alive.
 

Elizabeth Freer

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Are you checking in by cell phone or by a computer?

-----> Could you open the link I sent? It tells how to keep crickets.

i named her Mocha. i think its a her because she doesnt have a v shape on her legs? can i use an air plant instead of a silk plant? my mom has lots of air plants
Mocha is a pretty name! Some geckos are harder to sex than others. Air plants will work.

should i only feed mocha 3 times a week then? just those 3 days with the powders and then no more crickets?
Start out feeding Mocha 3x per week:
  • Mon (D3 powder)
  • Wed (plain calcium - NO D3)
  • Fri (no powder)
  • ? Sat (no powder) At some point she'll be full. Experiment with the number of days, but NOT the powders
can crickets eat lettuce? or carrots? or kale? if those crickets that i keep in a bin get too big would they make babies to feed mocha?
Crickets are hard to raise. You need pretty high temps on a consistent basis. Google: Breeding Crickets.

Iceberg lettuce has no food value. Carrots and kale are good. Crickets need more than carrots and kale to be healthy for Mocha!

Buy already ground Pro Gutload diet (by Professional Reptiles) for the crickets' 24/7 dry diet. Keep it in an airtight container. Then choose some food from this list to supplement the dry diet.
Best: mustard greens, turnip greens, dandelion flowers & leaves, collard greens, escarole lettuce, papaya, watercress, and alfalfa.
Good: sweet potato, carrots, oranges, mango, butternut squash, kale, apples, beet greens, blackberries, bok choy, and green beans.

i spray water once a day and shes pooped 5 times. how often is she supposed to poop?
She'll poop when she feels the urge :coverlaugh:, unless she gets impacted.

my dad says i should put sand on the bottom of her cage instead of it being bare bottom should i do that? she doesnt seem to like the bottom. she hangs out on top around the lid. i gave her a stick to crawl on.
Add more thick sticks. Try putting sticks on the bottom. Try paper towels as a substrate until we figure out a better one.

Whatever you do, don't buy calci-sand! Calci-sand encourages geckos to eat the substrate and could cause impaction.

She could be hanging out around the lid because it's warmer there.


does mocha need a water bowl? does she shed like other lizards? do i need to put her outside for sunlight? my dad did that with my anoles but he ended up killing them because they cooked alive.

Don't put Mocha outside for sunlight!!! She could easily cook too!!! :( That's exactly why I recommend D3 calcium instead of direct sun! Powdered vitamin D3 takes the place of the D3 we get from the sun.

Try a small bowl with a little water -- not enough to drown in. Continue misting her enclosure 1x per day. She'll shed like other geckos.
 
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Birby

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Are you checking in by cell phone or by a computer?

-----> Could you open the link I sent? It tells how to keep crickets.

i named her Mocha. i think its a her because she doesnt have a v shape on her legs? can i use an air plant instead of a silk plant? my mom has lots of air plants
Mocha is a pretty name! Some geckos are harder to sex than others. Air plants will work.

should i only feed mocha 3 times a week then? just those 3 days with the powders and then no more crickets?
Start out feeding Mocha 3x per week: Mon (D3 powder) - Wed (plain calcium - NO D3) - Fri (no powder). Try feeding her on Sat (no powder). At some point she'll be full. Experiment with the number of days, but NOT the powders.

can crickets eat lettuce? or carrots? or kale? if those crickets that i keep in a bin get too big would they make babies to feed mocha?
Crickets are hard to raise. You need pretty high temps on a consistent basis. Google: Breeding Crickets.

Iceberg lettuce has no food value. Carrots and kale are good. Crickets need more than carrots and kale to be healthy for Mocha!

Buy already ground Pro Gutload diet (by Professional Reptiles) for the crickets' 24/7 dry diet. Keep it in an airtight container. Then choose some food from this list to supplement the dry diet.
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i spray water once a day and shes pooped 5 times. how often is she supposed to poop?
She'll poop when she feels the urge :coverlaugh:, unless she gets impacted.

my dad says i should put sand on the bottom of her cage instead of it being bare bottom should i do that? she doesnt seem to like the bottom. she hangs out on top around the lid. i gave her a stick to crawl on.
Add more thick sticks. Try putting sticks on the bottom. Try paper towels as a substrate until we figure out a better one.

Whatever you do, don't buy calci-sand! Calci-sand encourages geckos to eat the substrate and could cause impaction.

She could be hanging out around the lid because it's warmer there.


does mocha need a water bowl? does she shed like other lizards? do i need to put her outside for sunlight? my dad did that with my anoles but he ended up killing them because they cooked alive.

Don't put Mocha outside for sunlight!!! She could easily cook too!!! :( That's exactly why I recommend D3 calcium instead of direct sun! Powdered vitamin D3 takes the place of the D3 we get from the sun.

Try a small bowl with a little water -- not enough to drown in. Continue misting her enclosure 1x per day. She'll shed like other geckos.

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is this okay? i put paper towel in and an air plant. she spent most of today down on the ground instead of on the lid. she poops a lot and i had to scrape it off.

so no sand and no sunlight. i think i'll use a bottle cap as a water bowl? is that alright?
 

Elizabeth Freer

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is this okay? i put paper towel in and an air plant. she spent most of today down on the ground instead of on the lid. she poops a lot and i had to scrape it off.

so no sand and no sunlight. i think i'll use a bottle cap as a water bowl? is that alright?
No sand or sunlight -- that's correct. A medium or large shallow bottle cap will make a good water dish.

Add lots more "cover"......more air plants and sticks. Your little gecko will love more hiding places! Mocha will feel safe that way. Right now she's pretty exposed.

Are there air holes in the lid of this bin?

Please tell me whether you use a cell phone to post here.
 
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Birby

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No sand or sunlight -- that's correct. A medium or large shallow bottle cap will make a good water dish.

Add lots more "cover"......more air plants and sticks. Your little gecko will love more hiding places! Mocha will feel safe that way. Right now she's pretty exposed.

Are there air holes in the lid of this bin?

Please tell me whether you use a cell phone to post here.

i use my computer to post here
yes the lid is covered in hole and theres a little hatch on the lid too. mocha is now hiding inside the air plant as of last night,

when you say more sticks does that mean sticks that are just lying on the bottom is okay? the sticks dont have to be reaching the top like the first one right?
 

Elizabeth Freer

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i use my computer to post here
yes the lid is covered in hole and theres a little hatch on the lid too. mocha is now hiding inside the air plant as of last night,

when you say more sticks does that mean sticks that are just lying on the bottom is okay? the sticks dont have to be reaching the top like the first one right?

Using your computer to post and read here is excellent. That's handy when you want to re-read some details on this thread.

I suggest lots of thin and thicker sticks (and more air plants) everywhere. Right now Mocha is extremely exposed. She does not have nearly enough hiding places.

i have another question

according to this website Sphaerodactylus elegans (Ashy Gecko, Ashy Sphaero) ashy geckos eat fruit
should i feed mocha fruit? which fruit should i give her? also how long will she live?

I don't know how long she will live.

Get Mocha some mango! I'll bet she'll love it.

Have you bought Zoo Med's Repti Calcium with D3 and Zoo Med's Repti Calcium without D3? PetCo stocks them. That is vital!!! Without those supplements Mocha will get metabolic bone disease (MBD). :( You don't want to go there.

"If you opt for making your own gutload at home, here is a list of great ingredients to use:
Best: mustard greens, turnip greens, dandelion flowers & leaves, collard greens, escarole lettuce, papaya, watercress, and alfalfa.
Good: sweet potato, carrots, oranges, mango, butternut squash, kale, apples, beet greens, blackberries, bok choy, and green beans.
Dry food: bee pollen, organic non-salted sunflower seeds, spirulina, dried seaweed, flax seed, and organic non-salted almonds.
Avoid as much as possible: potatoes, cabbage, iceberg lettuce, romaine lettuce, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, corn, grains, beans, oats, bread, cereal, meat, eggs, dog food, cat food, fish food, canned or dead insects, vertebrates."

Click: Most Underrated Geckos - 39 Sphaerodactylus - Supreme Gecko

  • /\ Even though this care sheet suggests a mixture of sand and coco fiber for the substrate, it's safer to keep Mocha on paper towels for now. With sand and coco fiber as a substrate there is always the chance that Mocha will eat some substrate when she dives for a cricket. :(
 
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