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Leopard Geckos – Tokay Gecko and the Behavior of Geckos

(Last Updated On: 25/10/2017)

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Tokay Gecko Behavior

The Tokay Gecko is one of the second largest species in the world of Geckos. These are different from the Leopard geckos because they have different body colors with different colored spots. For example one may find green with orange spot, red with white spots and others. The behavior of Tokay Gecko and other geckos are the same; the only different is with their colorings. Like all they are very territorial, especially the males and the pairs may meet solitarily just during the mating season.

When you notice your gecko’s skin color is turning whitish gray and dull then it means it’s about to shed its skin, at this time the geckos become very dull and lazy. The old skin is eaten by the Leopard Gecko this is because this way Geckos hide their identity that they were present at that place or they try to absorb the very same minerals and proteins present in their old skin.

Leopard Geckos make excellent household pets, especially great for those who are amateurs in keeping reptiles as a pet. These lizards are known for their calm nature and usually inactive especially during the day time and so they can be very easily handled with hands. Geckos likes to remain clean, and just like cats, they will use one corner of their cage, tank or aquarium where they will excrete and bury them. If you notice that even during night time your Leopard Gecko is not active, then don’t panic his is usually natural, they will just walk or climb briefly on rocks and artificial plants, when it comes to meal time they are very active in hunting their prey.

If you notice your Leopard Gecko is flicking its tongue more than usual then it is a normal behavior. A leopard Gecko sticks his tongue out for a while to collect air molecules and then takes it back into its mouth. Geckos also flick their tongues out to taste or to smell through special organs present in their tongues called Vomeronsal Organ.

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Geckos wiggle their tails a lot and here are few reasons for their tail wiggling:

  • Leopard Geckos wiggle their tail to signal about something. This action can be a signal to other males that this is its territory or to warn about its present or this is their way to inform females that they are present there.
  • A tip of Leopard Gecko’s tail vibrates rapidly when it is introduced to females. This action is the way to show excitement, to tell about females that it is present and to warn other mails to stay out of this territory.

When you are near a male adult Leopard Gecko and you notice its tail moving slowly, an eye moving fast and back arched up, then it is a warning signal that the gecko may attack the owner. Though the leopard gecko’s bite does not have much power and they don’t hurt much, but it will put your pet lizard under a lot of stress and it won’t be tamed well.

If you see a male Leopard Gecko biting a female gecko, then this is normal, it is a way of males showing that they are dominant and are ready to mate. If you find two females biting each other’s tail then you should separate them immediately as they are fighting, the same case is with the males. Leopard geckos also make a squealing sound which is a warning to stay off limits.

If you notice your Gecko climbing walls of the tank and trying to get out then you should check for the temperature of the enclosure. The temperature might be too hot or too cold and so the Gecko is looking for a more suitable environment. Sometimes the enclosure size is too small for Gecko and so they look for a larger space and view.

If your Gecko is found soaking or swimming in water then this is something to be concerned about. Leopard Geckos and Tokay Gecko do not soak themselves in water, this only happens when the temperature around is too warm, when they are not passing stool, or when they have mites or parasites present on them or on enclosures.

Originally posted 2013-05-07 22:17:30.

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