Geckos are types of lizards, but have several physical features, such as shorter and broader heads and sticky feet, that distinguish them from other types of lizards. Geckos and lizards live in many areas around the world and are particularly well-suited for life in hot and dry locations, such as th
Ideally, baby geckos prefer to eat live crickets, although silkworms, mealworms and waxworms can also be eaten. When keeping geckos, it is important to add dusting powder to the live food, such as a vitamin D3 supplement or calcium, or to feed the live insects with nutritious food before feeding the
Geckos eat a variety of food items, including insects, arachnids, mollusks, small vertebrates and other small animals. Additionally, some geckos consume fruits and flower nectar. There are approximately 1,500 gecko species in the world, and the group displays a wide variety of dietary preferences.
Different types of geckos can be identified by their size, coloration, patterns and markings, and their native habitat. Other forms of identification are whether the gecko can change its color, its temperament and if its toes have adhesive pads.
Geckos live on every continent except for Antarctica. They are mostly found in warm climates and live in numerous habitats, such as rain forests, deserts and even on cold mountain slopes.
Leopard geckos live to be 15 to 20 years in captivity on average, although some survive to age 30. Geckos in the wild have a much shorter lifespan due to predators, injury and disease, which can all be avoided in captivity.
House geckos grow to be 3 to 6 inches long. Like many small reptiles, they are shy and are easily stressed by handling, which should be avoided. Because of its size, a house gecko does best in a small 12-by-18-inch terrarium when contained.
A lizard can live without food varies from species to species. Adult bearded dragons can survive for up to three weeks without eating, while adult leopard geckos can live for over a month without eating. It also depends on whether the lizard is an adult or a baby.
Geckos have many natural predators, the main one being snakes. Large spiders, birds and other mammals also eat geckos.
In the wild, common house geckos, which are indigenous to southeast Asia but have become invasive species in the United States, Australia, and parts of South America and Africa, eat various types of insects and spiders. Mediterranean house geckos, which have also spread around the world from their n