Quick Care for Halmahera Giant Geckos (Gehrya vorax)
See pic of sample cage setup
Day temps- 82-90 degrees F
Night temps- 68-84 degrees F
Setup- Cypress mulch substrate, lots of vertical cork bark flats or tubes for hiding, good sized water bowl (rarely used), a moderate basking spot is fine, and decorative plants also provide good cover.
Daily care- Mist substrate and cage moderately once or twice a day, misting the actual geckos works well in ensuring good sheds.
Feeding- Feed 6 to 7 days a week. We rotate crickets, baby food (peach, turkey and vegetable dinner), and yogurt (peach, although many flavors are accepted) primarily. Breeding adults also accept thawed pinkie mice once every week or two, good for keeping solid weight on the animals. Use a good supplement with feeding, we use Miner All, and we supplement nearly every feeding.
Notes- These are a very simple gecko to set up and keep. They are a big gecko, and our adults vary in size from a small 8 inches to a larger 12 and 13 inches. They are extremely hearty, although there are a few important husbandry considerations. We keep our Halmahera 's very similar to our Leachianus, although there is no cooling cycle necessary for breeding, as these guys breed readily, and all year round. They also tolerate warmer ambient temps than the Leachies, so you can keep them easier in a room with a bigger general temperature swing.
The vorax are not really a great handling gecko, and should be treated more like a quick day gecko handling wise. They have fairly fragile skin, and like a day gecko, the skin can tear when the animal is aggressively restrained. The skin heals very well however, but it is still best to look but not touch with this species.
This gecko makes a fantastic breeding project, as they breed year round, and once a healthy pair or group is mature and well started, you will have eggs coming on a regular schedule, making this an excellent choice for a new herper learning about egg handling and incubation. We breed our adults in pairs or trios, and we keep the adults in 2 ft cubed arboreal enclosures. Eggs are laid in large deli cups or trays filled with moist Bed A Beast, and they are similar in size to Leopard gecko eggs, but round. They do not glue them to the walls, and in our experience, egg deposition is always on the ground, in the laybox.
Multiple males will indeed fight if kept in the same enclosure, so watch your animals carefully to avoid any permanent damage when rotating males or keeping unsexed babies together in a single cage.
We have a selection of pictures of the Halmahera Giants available at our website, proexotics.com, as well as some cage setup examples, please check them out for some visual examples (we stopped breeding geckos in 2002 : )
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