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.
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
Geckos have many natural predators, the main one being snakes. Large spiders, birds and other mammals also eat geckos.
Every lizard species has unique dietary needs, because lizards are a group of reptiles spanning up to 6,000 species rather than a single species. Potential pet owners should research their species' dietary needs before bringing home an animal.
Common lizards feed on insects, such as flies, grasshoppers and spiders, according to the Surrey Amphibian and Reptile Group. They also eat invertebrates, including earthworms, small snails and centipedes.
Small lizards can be carnivorous, herbivorous or omnivorous. Small lizards may eat a variety of insects, plants or a mixture of the two. Most lizards have a high metabolic rate and need to eat several times a week.
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.