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Chinese Cave Gecko

HISTORY

Chinese Cave Geckos are from Southern China. They live in the lowland rain forest. The Chinese Cave Geckos are named after where they are found, in caves. These geckos most striking feature are their blood red eyes. Their yellow banding and red eyes make them an amazing species to add to any collection.

 

SIZE & LIFESPAN

Chinese Cave Geckos are a medium sized gecko. When they hatch out, they are no bigger than 2 inches in total length and weigh only a few grams. By the time they are full grown, they are 8-9 inches in total length and weigh between 35-45 grams. These geckos are very hardy and can live around 10-12 years with the proper care and set up.

 

DIET

Chinese Cave Geckos are great eaters! They will eat a variety of bugs including: crickets, dubia roaches, phoenix worms, meal worms, and super worms. We dust all prey items in Calcium D3 supplement every other feeding. We recommend Minerall because it is a human grade calcium based supplement with over 50 trace minerals that help with growth and bone density. We also recommend placing all food in bowl to reduce the geckos likelihood of ingesting bedding. Along with that, we put a vitamin supplement on the insects every 2 weeks. Give the gecko as many insects as it can eat in 15 minutes. We usually give the geckos about 8-10 insects each feeding. Be sure to feed the right sized insects. Baby geckos should be fed small mealworms and ¼” crickets, whereas, adults can eat large mealworms and ½” crickets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HUMIDITY

Chinese Cave Geckos require higher humidity than average. You want to keep the tank humidity between 60 and 80%. Mist your geckos twice a day to maintain humidity. Tubs will help maintain humidity better, but some people do not like the look of a tub. If you would rather have a tank, be sure to cover up half the top with plexiglass to limit airflow and increase humidity.

 

WATER

All geckos should be provided with a small, shallow water dish. Although these geckos do not usually drink from bowls it is always good to offer water in case the gecko gets thirsty. Be sure the water dish is shallow enough so that the gecko can stand in it. If the water is too deep, there is a potential of the gecko drowning. When using water, be sure to either use spring water or tap water with de-chlorinator added to it.

 

HOUSING

Chinese Cave Geckos are a medium sized gecko and require 15 gallon tanks for their entire life. We prefer to keep them in 20 gallon tanks or equivalent sized tubs to give them the added space. Tubs will make the gecko feel more secure, but you can also cover three sides of a tank to achieve the exact same effect.

 

BEDDING

We use an eco earth/bark mixture throughout the cage. If you're having issues with humidity, you can add sphagnum moss to the mixture. If you do ad sphagnum moss into the mixture, be sure to bowl feed your gecko so that the gecko does not accidentally ingest bedding. We always provide geckos at all ages a moist hide. The moist hide should have a handful of golden sphagnum moss to help aid in shedding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DECOR

Chinese Cave Geckos should be provided with three hides, one moist, one on the cold side, and one on the warm side. We recommend putting sphagnum moss inside the moist hide to aid in shedding. We also use fabric leaves from craft stores for cover as well. Place them between hides to provide the gecko with cover so that it feels safe and secure in its habitat. Be sure to rinse off any new decor in case it has any chemical residue on it. Alongside those items, you can also provide these geckos with rocky outcrops. Be sure the rocks do not have any jagged edges. You don't want your gecko getting injured on sharp rocks.

 

HEAT & LIGHTING

Chinese Cave Geckos need a warm and cold side in their tank. This is easily achieved by placing a heat mat on one side of the enclosure. The hot spot should be around 80 degrees. A warm spot is essential for digestion. If the warm spot gets too cold, a ceramic heat emitter may be required to raise the warm side along with the ambient temperature in the tank. The cool side of the tank should be in the mid 70's. These geckos will self regulate their body temperature by moving between the cool and warm zones of the tank, so making sure the tank has a nice heat gradient is essential to a healthy, happy gecko.

 

HANDLING/TEMPERAMENT

Chinese Cave Geckos are somewhat flighty and shy when little. After your gecko has settled in, you can start handling them 1 time a week for 15 minute intervals. These geckos will get used to you over time. We also recommend tong feeding worms and other insects so that the gecko can associate you with feeding time.

 

CLEANING

We recommend spot cleaning the cage at least once a week and doing a full bedding change and tank cleaning once a month. Every week look for poo, dead insects, shed, and food smears on the ground or glass and remove it from the enclosure. When cleaning the entire cage out, first remove all bedding and wipe down all surfaces with hot soapy water. Put the decor into a bucket with warm water & a capful of bleach. Let it soak for 15 minutes & then rinse off the items & place them in bucket of hot water. Once the decor have soaked for 15 minutes, rinse them off again & then they are ready to go back into the tank once cleaning is complete. Then you want to be sure to disinfect the tank with either bleach, vinegar or a commercial reptile cleaning product. Once you have disinfected the tank, thoroughly rinse your tank out with hot water until it is free of any cleaning products.

 

SUPPLY LIST:

☐ 20 gallon tank
☐ Crickets, Mealworms or Dubia Roaches
☐ Ceramic Bowl for bugs
☐ Mister Bottle or Spray Bottle
☐ Dechlorinator
☐ Fake silk or plastic plants
☐ Moist Hide
☐ Dry Hide
☐ Eco Earth Bedding
☐ Sphagnum moss
☐ Digital Thermometer & Hygrometer
☐ Heat mat