Is gecko ill or just resting?

Sascia

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Hello!
I am new here and up to now do not know much about geckos.
I have 2 geckos in my apartment, free geckos from outside, no pets. I guess "normal" housegeckos, small grey with black eyes.

Since i am living here (in Fiji, just 2 months) they were happy (I guess) and active.
Now I see one of them turned its colour black, only the tailtip is grey like he was before. The other one is lying on top of my courtain and moves just an extremely little bit, doesnt react when i flip with my fingers in his vicinity. He turned himself around a few times, but doesnt move anymore.
Maybe he is just old. Or is this a kind of a resting period? Just because the other one turned all black and is not as active as before as well, i believe i am doing them harm.

What could it be?
I love to have them here to catch any other small crawling or flying insects. Now they seem to die in my rooms!

How would new geckos find inside my room? And then: i want to avoid anything what made these nes sick here with me.
Thanks for any ideas or information!
 

Sl7therin

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I think wild geckos belong in the wild. It’s best to free them outside if they were out there before. However, if they are used to your home, it’s best you know their species, right? Well, house geckos change color slightly depending on the light level. House geckos become darker in color when in well lit areas, and become brighter in darker areas. I personally don’t know much about house geckos, but since they aren’t your pets, the most advice I can give you is to let them run their course and see what happens! c;
 

Sascia

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Hi!
Yes, this is a free animal, i do not keep him. He comes in and out as he wants, slipping through small gaps at the door. It is normal here in this warm tropical environment. mostly he stays inside. Sometimes i have up to five geckos in my rooms.
This one is now very inactive and only sits on the curtains. I worry about him. That is why i ask here. But he is not my pet.
 

GeckoLeen

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They would normally run when you get near them. It could be that he is just old. House geckos live to be around 5 years old. It's neat that you have them in your house, and that they can come and go as they please. So many people would freak out about that! I think it's great that you are curious about them and want to learn more. :)
 
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Sascia

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Yes, Gecko Leen, i was so sad that he might just be gone. I got used to him already. So I was googleing how to attract geckos to "move into" my apartment, but whatever I googled I only found "how can I get rid of them" and "are they poisonous" etc...
Is it possible that "he" is a "she" and is guarding eggs over there on top of my courtains?
I cannot open the curtains for 4 days now, lol But he/she is still alive and moving over the curtains after 2 days sitting absolutely like in hibernation. But he would not leave the curtains, even I stand next to it and look up.
 

Elizabeth Freer

Active member
Hi!
Yes, this is a free animal, i do not keep him. He comes in and out as he wants, slipping through small gaps at the door. It is normal here in this warm tropical environment. mostly he stays inside. Sometimes i have up to five geckos in my rooms.
This one is now very inactive and only sits on the curtains. I worry about him. That is why i ask here. But he is not my pet.

Yes, Gecko Leen, i was so sad that he might just be gone. I got used to him already. So I was googleing how to attract geckos to "move into" my apartment, but whatever I googled I only found "how can I get rid of them" and "are they poisonous" etc...
Is it possible that "he" is a "she" and is guarding eggs over there on top of my courtains?
I cannot open the curtains for 4 days now, lol But he/she is still alive and moving over the curtains after 2 days sitting absolutely like in hibernation. But he would not leave the curtains, even I stand next to it and look up.

Stress can cause geckos to turn dark. "High up" on top of the curtains (like in a tree) feels safer than down on the floor or on the walls.

Have you some way to check the curtains to see whether there are eggs on top? Maybe with a tall step stool and a mirror?

:idea:: These geckos are visiting via small gaps in your door. They seem to like your apartment! You could leave a small dish of tap water out for them. They seem to be catching bugs for food.

Can you take a picture of one of them?
 
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