When looking for a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy, why not consider setting up a terrarium for your popular pet, the Day Gecko. Although a relatively new addition to the reptile world, geckos have enjoyed a long and steady rise in popularity over the past decade. The main reason behind this surge in interest is their ability to exhibit unique physical traits that set them apart from all other reptiles. A unique combination of features such as a small head size, wide head placement, robust body structure, and an overall slender and delicate appearance make them among the most visually striking of all captive reptiles. If you are interested in taking up the hobby of keeping and viewing these amazing creatures, then a terrarium for your gecko would be an ideal way to do so.
Setting up a terrarium for your gecko is similar to setting up any other exotic pet or amphibian tank. Of course, the main difference between a terrarium for day-time geckos and one designed for the wild is the level of maintenance required. In the case of your pet, it’s a simple matter of setting up a small aquarium with an appropriate base support and a few pieces of terrarium plants.
Some of the most popular terrarium plants are Java Moss, Java Fern, and Water lettuce. While some people like to keep a mix of different types of terrarium plants, especially for the night time dome habitat, most people stick to Java Fern, Water Lettuce, and Java Moss, as they are the most versatile and widely available in pet stores across North America. It is important to remember that the plants and rocks you place in your gecko tanks should provide good habitat for your gecko, as well as being attractive to them. Some of the most common elements used in the creation of interesting terrariums for geckos are rock, substrate, mesh, and glass.
The terrarium for your gecko should be placed inside an acrylic tank, preferably at the top of your enclosure. This way, your gecko can have access to direct daytime sun. On warm summer days, it is best to place a few pieces of rock on the bottom of the terrarium to provide additional habitat for your gecko. Rocks are fine, but look out for mesh, as this can prove to be dangerous for your pet. Mesh is often covered with a substrate, which further protects your gecko from the elements. When setting up your terrarium for your gecko, you should consider providing a water tray beneath the terrarium for your gecko to drink water from.
If your terrarium for your gecko is not in a high enough place, it might not stay clean. To solve this issue, place a few bowls or water dishes underneath your setup. Make sure these bowls are covered with a mesh, as the UV rays from the sun will harm the fish contained within. This method will also keep your gecko from climbing onto the terrarium, which can cause unnecessary damage to the setup.
Your terrarium for your gecko should have a good base support system. There are several items you can use as a base support, including wooden blocks or rocks. It is important that you make your terrarium sturdy, as your gecko will be spending a lot of time in it. Remember, if you plan to put in any artificial objects in your gecko’s enclosure, make sure they can stand on their own.
Finally, after your setup is complete, make sure your gecko is comfortable. Some amphibians, such as turtles, spend much of their time in aquariums. For your gecko, you will want to choose a medium-sized terrarium that allows him to move around freely. It’s also a good idea to get a light bulb with a very bright bulb, as your gecko will need at least one good spot to shine the light onto.
The last thing you need to do before putting your day gecko in his terrarium for the night is to fill the tank with some water. Fill the water up about halfway with water and place your fish in the water. The warm water will help your fish stay warmer, and it will also make it easier for them to dive down into the water and escape. Be sure to get your fish close to the surface of the water, as this is what they need. When it is time for you to feed your gecko, simply tip the terrarium to his nose. He will immediately start to eat, and the water will stay cool.