- Easy to Care For
- Easy to Breed
- Can Be Kept With Poison Dart Frogs
- GREAT IN GROUPS
Name: Lepidodactylus lugubris. Commonly called the mourning gecko or smooth scaled gecko.
Recommended Vivarium Size: Mourning geckos will thrive in an enclosure as small as 5 gallons, but 10 gallons or 12x12x12 exo-terras or larger are recommended for multiple animals. Many people successfully keep these geckos in naturalistic vivaria, housed with larger dart frogs. Mourning geckos are escape artists, and it's always important to fully secure their enclosure to prevent escapes!
Temperature: Lepidodactylus lugubris prefer temps in the mid 70s, up to the low 80s. Mourning geckos will generally thrive at room temperature, but a low wattage basking light may be needed in cooler climates. Their ideal temperature range is 70F - 80F.
Humidity: Mourning geckos like it humid, and require a humidity of at least 50%. Lepidodactylus lugubris can do well at a humidity of up to 90%, as long as a drier area is provided. Ideal humidity range is 60%-80%.
Size: Adult mourning geckos get up to about 4" in length. When they hatch, Lepidodactylus lugubris measure less than an inch! The juvenile mourning geckos sold here measure about 1-1.5" when shipped.
Age: Lepidodactylus lugubris is capable of living over 10 years in captivity, with reports of 15 years or more in the literature. All mourning geckos for sale are well started juveniles, and are over a month old.
Feeding: Being smaller geckos, mourning geckos prefer smaller foods. Lepidodactylus lugubris juveniles will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies, Drosophila hydei fruit flies, pinhead crickets and ⅛” crickets. Adult mourning geckos will devour1/4", as well as other insects that size. At all life stages, mourning geckos will feast on gecko diet mix. This can be fed as a complete diet to mourning geckos, but we prefer to offer them a variety of feeder insects, as well. All feeder insects should be gut loaded and dusted with a vitamin/mineral supplement.
Sexing: Sexing mourning geckos is the easiest thing in the world - they're all female! Lepidodactylus lugubris is a parthenogenetic species - females lay fertilized eggs, and their offspring are little clones of the parent. There have been rare reports of males.