Frog eyed Gecko Care

Frog eyed geckos are less popular pets as they are not so fond of handling as leopard geckos. They are so called due to their large and bulbous frog like eyes! If you want to keep a frog eyed gecko as a pet, what do you need to know about looking after it? Today’s article is all about frog eyed gecko care.

Frog eyed Gecko Habitat

The frog eyed gecko is a very large species of gecko, growing to around 18 inches (45 cm) in length. It is one of the largest species of gecko, and so needs a very large cage to live in. The cage should be at least 3ft x 2ft x 2ft (90cm x 60cm x 60cm) for an adult frog eyed gecko. The cage or tank should have plenty of hiding places for the frog eyed gecko to hide away and sleep.

The floor of the cage needs to be lined with paper towel or newspaper as this will help you keep on top of waste disposal and also keep the mess down! You can also place a layer of sand over this newspaper or paper

Frog eyed Gecko diet and feeding

The frog eyed gecko is a carnivorous species of lizard, and so it requires a diet rich in protein. This can be achieved by feeding your frog eyed gecko crickets, locusts, waxworms and mealworms. You can also supplement their diet with pinkie mice and small rats as treats. You should feed your frog eyed gecko 2-3 times per week to ensure that it is getting enough food.

frog eyed gecko handling

Generally speaking the frog eyed gecko is not a very good pet for handling, due to its large size and powerful jaws. It is much better suited to observing than being handled, which means that you will need to do most of your pet care for the frog eyed gecko from outside of the cage.

Frog eyed Gecko heating and lighting

The frog eyed gecko is a native species to the arid regions of Western Africa, and so it will need an enclosure with a temperature gradient of around 26-33 degrees. This can be achieved by using a basking light and an under tank heater. The basking light must be positioned above the frog eyed gecko as this will help it regulate its temperature. The recommended distance between the basking light and the frog eyed gecko is 12 inches, however you should check with your pet shop to see what they recommend as this may differ depending on the type of lights you are using.

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