Mourning Geckos

Mourning geckos are pretty stereotypical, though there are a few different locales that are currently categorized. We are

currently working with 'Type A' (common Philippine locale), and 'Type B' (Hawaiian locale.) Despite being fairly univorm in overall appearance, they make great subjects for animal photography.

 

Background:

Mourning geckos (Lepidodactylus lugubris) remain a super interesting species. They are primarily nocturnal, but the best

comparison for them would be to cats, as they also have bursts of activity during the day, but are more active at night. They do stay small, and are speedy, so they are a species best left to display versus handling. However, they are also social/communal, and do great in small groups. They will quickly establish a pecking order within the group, but they will exchange body language, and actually vocalize back and forth to communicate. 
Perhaps the most notable feature of this species is their reproductive strategy. The species reproduces asexually, via parthenogenesis. Meaning they don't require a male to 'breed.' Instead, once they have grown to maturity, they will start laying eggs, which will often be 'self-fertilized', so the offspring hatching are essentially a genetic clone of the mother. 

This strategy is also what has allowed the species to be a greatly effective invasive species, since it only takes one to establish a colony. 

Care:
Their care is very similar to that of a crested gecko. They absolutely benefit from UVB exposure, and a small basking area of ~85F. Their ambient temperatures should be in the low-mid 70s. Their diet consists of appropriately sized insects, and meal replacement powders such as Pangea or Repashy. We exchange food dishes every 2-3 days, and add insects in 1-2 times a week. Typically 1/4" crickets for our adult colonies, and fruit flies and 1/4" crickets for the growout enclosures. 

 

Our colonies typically get lightly misted a few times a day, and we go through and heavily mist about once a week. This maintains their humidity around 65%, with peaks at roughly 80% during misting sessions.

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