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Name: Goniurosaurus hainanensis. Commonly known as the chinese cave gecko, this easy to keep and breed species is also sometimes called the Hainan cave gecko.
Benefits from buying at Josh's Frogs:
Recommended Terrarium Size: A 20 gallon tank or 18x18x12 Exo Terra Glass Terrarium is suitable for 1-2 adults, but there’s nothing wrong with providing extra space. Josh's Frogs Coco Select works great as a substrate. Coco Fiber or a mix of sand and peat moss will work as well. Provide cork or other similar hides to make your gecko feel at home.
Looking for live plants to spice up your build? Check out our Chinese Cave Gecko Vivarium Plant Kit!
Temperature: Chinese cave geckos like it cooler - ideally, keep your geckos between 65 to 75F. They can tolerate temperatures up to 80F on occasion. Do not let your Chinese Cave Geckos get excessively warm, as high temps can quickly be lethal.
Humidity: Chinese cave geckos like it humid. Provide a water bowl, and mist frequently enough to maintain humidity between 55-65%. Substrate can be allowed to just dry out between mistings, and should not be bone dry or soaking wet.
Size: Adult Chinese cave geckos measure up to about 8.5 inches. At hatching, they measure approximately 3 inches.
Age: Chinese cave geckos can live for a pretty long time with proper care. Exact oldest age is unknown, but easily exceeds 10 years. These animals are 5+ months old.
Feeding: Chinese Cave geckos are insectivores, and thrive on a staple diet of dubia roaches or crickets. Waxworms, black soldier fly larvae, butterworms, and the occasional mealworm make a great treat. At Josh’s Frogs, all of our Chinese Cave Geckos are fed exclusively dubia roaches gutloaded on our Roach Rations diet and thrive! All feeder insects should be dusted with a vitamin/mineral supplement, and fed using an escape proof bowl. A well fed gecko will have a fat tail. This fat reserve functions as a nutrient source during lean times.
Sexing: Sexing chinese cave geckos is fairly straightforward - males have visible bulges at the base of their tail. Animals are typically sexable by 5-6 months of age. These animals visually appear to be female.
Color/Pattern: These attractive geckos have a black/purple base color, with orange/yellow/white bands that crisscross their body. Most notable are their red eyes. Young animals tend to be more heavily banded. The bands become narrower and shift towards more yellow/white with age.
Social Behavior: Chinese cave geckos are fine housed alone. As juveniles, they can be housed in groups, but this may result in the occasional geckos losing its tail (no worries - it grows back!). Adults can be housed in groups, but no more than one male should be housed per enclosure.
Breeding: Breeding mature chinese cave geckos is easy. Breeding season runs from February through September. Females will lay 2 eggs every 30-45 days during this period. The animals should be cooled from October through January. Males may be removed to give the females a break.
Natural Range: Chinese cave geckos are native to the Chinese Islands of Hainan and Cat Ba.
History in the Hobby: Chinese cave geckos have been available hit and miss since at least the 1990s. They've recently had a resurgence in popularity, as more and more people realize how easy and rewarding it is to care for these awesome geckos. This line is from Europe, and produces exceptionally nice, bright orange offspring.
Links of Interest:
Chinese Cave Gecko Caresheet - a good basic care sheet for the Hainan Cave Gecko
GeckoTime - a great interview style care sheet on cave geckos
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