Golden geckos (Gekko ulikovskii) are 6”-10” long, nocturnal, arboreal geckos native to Vietnam. They generally inhabit a tropical rainforest habitat. These geckos are named for their greenish-gold coloring.
Golden geckos are members of the same genus as their larger, more popular cousins, the tokay gecko, and have very similar care requirements. Golden geckos have delicate skin and are generally best left alone rather than handled regularly. This makes them intermediate-level pet reptiles.
Golden geckos are active, arboreal geckos that climb readily and enjoy having access to multiple hiding places. Their enclosures need to be tall and no smaller than 18”L x 18”W x 24”H.
The enclosure should be densely planted with live or artificial plants, although live plants are excellent for helping maintain humidity. The plants in the enclosure should be sturdy enough to tolerate the gecko’s weight. To keep the plants healthy and further aid humidity, you will need a substrate layer of expanded clay balls, followed by a mesh drainage material on top of that, followed by several inches of vivarium soil mix.
Golden geckos get most of their water by lapping droplets from leaves and the enclosure walls after misting, but it’s also good practice to provide a small wall-mounted water dish.
Mist the enclosure with a pressure sprayer 2-3x a day to maintain an average humidity of 80%.
Heating and Lighting
Golden geckos are most comfortable at temperatures in the 80s during the day, with a 10-15 degree temperature drop at night. Use a halogen flood bulb to create a basking area.
Although golden geckos don’t need UVB to survive, it is necessary for optimum health. Use an Arcadia or Zoo Med bulb roughly the same length as the enclosure, and mounted in a reflective fixtures. UVB lamps decay over time, so you will need to replace the bulb every 12 months to maintain performance.
If you have live plants, you will also need a plant grow light to keep them healthy.
All lamps should be turned off at night.
Food and Supplementation
Golden geckos are primarily insectivorous (insect eating), but they also enjoy tropical fruit. They will usually eat prepared crested gecko diet (CGD) as a treat, but their primary diet should be live insects such as crickets and cockroaches.
Feeder insects should be dusted with Repashy SuperCal LoD to provide balanced nutrition.
*This care sheet contains only very basic information. If you are new to golden geckos, please do additional research to obtain additional information from more detailed care sheets.