Gecko Just Got His Adorable Mini-Me And He Can’t Help But Smile At It

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Japanese gecko (Gekko japonicus) is native to much of southern Asia but they can be found in many other warm areas of the world. By hitchhiking on ships and other transportation, they are thought to have become such a successful invasive species largely.

However, the owners of pet common house geckos should be careful about releasing them into the wild, because it may cause many problems for them.

They are commonly found around human habitation, usually around the walls and on the ceilings of the houses, but they can also live in the less inhabited areas.

 

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Some people welcome their cohabitation in their homes because of their ability to keep insect populations in check. For many others, geckos are adorable lizards that seem to offer the cutest grin to brighten up their days.

In this context, we share with you the story of a 6-year-old Japanese gecko, called Kohaku, who received a plastic toy exactly the same as him, by Taylor Nicole Dean, who’s popular on YouTube for her videos about animal care and education. The toy was named Chinmari.

The shared photos of Kohaku’s amazing smile with his toy won people’s hearts and immediately went viral! Now Kohaku has over 34K followers on his Instagram account 589_tomo. The same thing happened with the attention of Chinmari.

 

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In many photos, people enjoy seeing two geckos cuddling, stuffing each other together, and even photobombing each other!

Knowing his aggressiveness in protecting his breed and his actions with the toy completely surprises people, but it actually shows that the idea with the toy was probably the ideal option.

Therefore, in the photos, you can see that Kohaku is very happy, and his beautiful appearance and constant smile make him very attractive to people.

The attractiveness of leopard geckos, according to the magazine Reptiles, in the United States for more than 30 years. This type of lizard is currently one of the most commonly kept, and their price ranges from 20 to 3000 dollars.

 

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Tips for taking care of geckos

Housing

According to pet experts, housing two geckos together can be a tricky business. Two male geckos in the same enclosure will cause sparring, as they are territorial so keep them one to a cage.

Females get along with others, but if you want a group of geckos, make sure you only have one male in your enclosure to avoid fighting.

They need room to climb in their tall cage, so providing branches, driftwood, and silk or live plants will be a good idea. Additionally, reptile caves or small clay plant pots placed on their sides will provide them hiding spots, because they need them, especially where they live in group.

Lighting and Humidity

Maintain a daytime temperature gradient of 75 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit with a nighttime low of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They are nocturnal so they do not need special UVB lighting like many reptiles.

Geckos need a moderate to high humidity level in their enclosure (aim for 60 percent to 75 percent relative humidity).

Feeding

They should be fed with a variety of small prey items, such as crickets, fruit flies and other small flies, silkworms, the occasional mealworm, and other insects.

Add calcium two to three times a week and multivitamin powder once a week.

They usually feed in the evening, because geckos are nocturnal reptiles. Younger (minors) should be fed daily, but adults can be fed every other day.

By providing a small shallow water dish with fresh water daily will help them to be hydrated.

Sources:
healthyfoodhouse.com
nies.go.jp
thesprucepets.com

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