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Old 12-02-2013, 04:50 PM
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Hi all!

As some of you may have already noticed, Im completely new to reptile keeping. Im interested in getting some geckos, atleast 2 (housed together) that are going to be easily handled.

I had initially wanted some cave geckos as I had looked at a pair and briefly handled them, but after consulting the many experts on here I have decided against that. It was also suggested that I could get another lizard entirely but after a bit more research Ive decided against that too! (sorry to those who advised me on that!)

So, my questions are, which type(s) of gecko live happily in a small group (2/3), are ok with being handled and can live comfortably in a viv that will be approx 38x18x18?

Thanks for any and all help!

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Old 12-02-2013, 05:01 PM
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You could probably have a pair of African fat tailed geckos in a viv that size, same basic care as leopard geckos but need a bit more humidity. Really nice to handle and docile even at a young age
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How about some Stenodactylus petrii ( Egyptian sand geckos ) lovely looking things especially when feeding there little tails wiggle.

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African fat tails or leopard geckos can be housed together and have the same basic care. Just make sure that you get females; you could have unwanted breedings (male and female) or fighting (2 males).
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If I am unable to find a few females from the same shop/breeder, how would they react to being introduced to others?
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Me and my OH have had serious problems with housing leos and AFTs together (not the two species together though!). To be honest, for a newbie I don't recommend it. Especially from 2 different sources, there are just so many things that can go wrong.

There are a few species that live communally, I'm afraid most aren't particularly handleable though.
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Okay, so unless they are already living together I should avoid introducing individuals?
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Yeah you should avoid it really. Not only do you have the risk of them not getting along (and potentially some very nasty injuries) but also one or both may have disease or parasites. This is what quarantine is for, however that will mean there is an extra few months (at least) of them living apart. At the end of the day you may as well just keep them apart.

It's also worth noting that, even though a couple of geks may have lived 'happily' together for years, that is no guarantee that it will stay that way. Which is why it's best to always have a spare setup ready.

Out of interest why are you wanting to house them together?
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Ah okay thats good to know! Are they happy being alone? I just assumed they would be happier with a friend, lol.

Whats the reccommended viv size for an individual gecko?
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Old 12-02-2013, 10:22 PM
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For one leo/fatty you should have a minimum of 2ft x 1ft floor area.

Majority of reptiles have no need or want of company. To them it's competition for territory, food, hides, warmth, mates, lay spots etc. They can often live together without showing much interest in each other or 'cuddling', but more often than not this results in aggression or at the very least dominance. If you do house more than one together, there will be one dominant individual and a subordinate. Subordinate gets bullied, that's the only way one will maintain dominance. This often starts with little gestures that we would never notice (looks, body language etc), and can quickly escalate into fights.
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