A very warm welcome to our homepage all around the Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko)!
It is here where the captive husbandry and propagation of the Tokay and all aspects relevant to the Tokay gecko are afforded a place in the centre of the stage.
It is our intention to provide information that will prove particularly useful to get those beginners started who harbour the desire of keeping Tokay geckos. The info presented here has been tested in practice, as we want you to enjoy your Tokay geckos for a very long time, which will only work if they feel well in your care.
We also discuss the other members of the genus Gekko here in the shape of brief CareSheets. These portrayals must obviously be limited to those species that have already been kept in terraria. There are in fact several species for which no information exists beyond their scientific descriptions or that would be of relevance for their captive husbandry.
Wild-caught vs. Captive-bred
It is an unfortunate fact that wild-caught Tokays are still commonly offered in the pet trade. More often than not, these specimens are in a pitiful state of health. While we do not want to bedevil the trade in wild-caught reptiles in general, it is worth knowing that specimens collected from the wild often carry diseases and/or parasites. Moreover, females are available rather rarely.
If you search around on the Internet, you will quickly find young captive-bred Tokays for sale. These are typically not more expensive than wild-caught specimens. Buying captive-bred animals is worth it, because they are usually healthy and in a good condition. They also offer the chance of finding out important details about them: e.g., how old exactly they are, where the parents originally came from, and what the latter look like. These geckos can live to an age of more than 20 years, and this makes buying captive-bred stock all the more sensible – after all, you will want to enjoy your beautiful geckos for as long as possible!
Colour morphs / Colour varieties
Both the promoters and the opponents of colour morph breeding are advised that none of the colour morphs of the Tokay pictured on our pages are the results of line-breeding for colour. All these forms – be it "Calico, Blue-headed Green, Melanistic, Granite" and all the other fantasy names – originate from populations that occur like that in the wild. Whether and how certain colour and pattern characteristics are inheritable still needs to be researched in long-term breeding experiments.
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Your team at Gekko-Gecko.com