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Mourning Gecko

Mourning Gecko
Lepidodactylus lugubris

The Mourning Gecko is a small nocturnal species of gecko reaching no more than 10cm in total length. These are a very widespread species but the most interesting fact about them is that they are parthenogenic.

OriginWide spread
EnvironmentSemi Rain-forest
Adult Size10cm
SuitabilityBeginner
Lifespan8 Years +
TemperamentShy and Skittish

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What do Mourning geckos look like?

Mourning geckos are a small gecko species only reaching 3-4inches inches in size. The geckos are mainly light and dark brown in colour with wave like patterning running along their back and down to their tail. This species can be housed together in communal groups without the need for sexing. “Why?….simple they’re all female. Mourning geckos are parthenogenetic meaning they do not need a male to reproduce. These geckos will lay fertile eggs once adult.

Where do Mourning Geckos come from?

Although Mourning geckos are known to be endemic to the Pacific region, they have now been introduced to Australia, Central and South America and the Hawaii islands. This species seem to adapt well to different environments however they are often found living in communal groups around costal rocky areas.

How do I keep Mourning Geckos?

Mourning geckos require an escape proof enclosure as the babies hatch out very small and they are able to squeeze through the smallest of gaps. Their sticky feet pads also make it easy for them to climb and run along different surfaces this is why we would recommend a glass arboreal terrarium for this species. Minimum enclosure size for a group of three would be 30x30x45cm. The bigger the space the better just remember to provide plenty of décor including fake or live plants, climbing materials such as cork bark, jungle vines or branches look great and are easy to clean.

Plenty of décor also gives the Geckos space to escape from each other as although they can live happily together they do develop a social hierarchy especially with the adults. You will often hear them squeak or chirp at each other this is their way of communication as well as displays with their body.

Canopy tops or deep domes can be used on top of the enclosure to help provide them with heat and UVB lighting. As Mourning geckos are active during both day and night times a minimum of a 5% output UVB is essential for aiding bone growth and development. Daytime temperatures for this species should remain between 70F-80F, with a night-time drop around 68F. When using heat and basking bulbs we do recommend the use of a thermostat to help prevent the enclosure overheating and causing the animals heat stress.

Water can be provided via the use of a small water bowl or waterfall system. Misting the enclosure once or twice a day will also keep the humidity levels up and the Geckos will drink the water droplets from off the tank and plants in the enclosure. Humidity levels shouldn’t drop below 50% as Mourning Geckos do favour humid environments.

The best substrate for this species would be moss peat or coco fibre. This will help make the enclosure look more natural for the Geckos and the soil will also help hold humidity.

Feeding Mourning Geckos is super easy as they will eat a wide variety of live food and also super-foods.  Appropriate sized live food such as crickets, locusts, buffalo worms, calci worms and roaches are highly favoured. Being such active geckos with a high metabolism feeding daily is recommended. Regular dusting with calcium powder 3-4 times a week and at least once a week with vitamin powder provides the Geckos with the right nutrients.

Powder foods are also a great product to keep to hand just in case you ever run out of live food and also just to give the Geckos a more varied diet. Pangea, Repashy and other fruit mixes are all great complete foods which will provide your Geckos with the correct nutrition without the added powders and vitamins.

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