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What Should I Know before I Buy a Gecko?

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Before you buy a gecko, you should familiarize yourself with the various species available and how to care for it. Different species may range in size, so consider the requirements for housing. You'll need a large enough tank to accommodate your new pet. Various gecko species may also vary in price. In addition to the tank and food, you'll also need various tank accessories, as well as a heat lamp and hiding tunnel. Before you buy a gecko, you also should be aware that you will have to feed your pet live insects, so if this is an issue for you, reconsider your choice of pet.

A pet owner is responsible for the well being and care of any pet he acquires. If you don't have the time and money to provide proper care for a pet, it would be unfair to buy a gecko. If, however, you are willing and able to give this reptile everything it needs to live a healthy life, read up on how to care for pet geckos. You can also inquire at the pet store or from the breeder who sells you your gecko.

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If the pet dealer informs you of a specific diet the gecko is accustomed to, adhere to it. Don't make drastic changes in diet, as this could cause the animal to become stressed or ill. A gecko kept in captivity might be lacking in certain nutrients it might obtain in the wild, so you should ask an expert what vitamin supplements it will need. It's not a good idea to use liquid vitamins in water as the gecko drinks very little water and it will be wasted or lose potency. Get a powered form that can be sprinkled on its food.

You need to know what to look for before you buy a gecko. Signs of a healthy gecko are clean, clear eyes with no visible discharge. Flaky or shedding skin may indicate illness. Avoid choosing a gecko with a thin tail, as this could indicate nutritional deficiencies.

Before you buy a gecko, ask the dealer if it is accustomed to being handled. It's best to choose a gecko that is accustomed to humans or it may take some time for it to adjust. You also need to handle this exotic pet carefully, and never pick it up by its delicate tail. If you want a pet that is the most docile, choose the leopard gecko.

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