Short-fingered geckos, also known as dwarf geckos, are small and easy to care for. Here are some tips for their care:
1. Housing: A 10-gallon tank is suitable for one or two short-fingered geckos. Provide hiding spots and climbing branches for them to feel secure.
2. Substrate: Line the tank with paper towels or reptile carpet. Avoid sand or loose substrates, as they can cause impaction if ingested.
3. Temperature and lighting: Provide a temperature gradient of 75-85°F during the day and a slight drop at night. Use a heat mat or ceramic heat emitter for warmth. UVB lighting is not essential but can be beneficial.
4. Feeding: Short-fingered geckos are insectivores and should be fed a diet of small insects such as crickets, roaches, and mealworms. Dust the insects with calcium and vitamin supplements.
5. Hydration: Provide a shallow dish of water for drinking. Mist the enclosure once a day to maintain humidity levels.
6. Handling: Handle your gecko gently and minimally to reduce stress. Wash your hands before and after handling to prevent the spread of any germs.
By providing a proper habitat, nutrition, and care, you can ensure the health and well-being of your short-fingered gecko. Always consult with a reptile veterinarian if you have any concerns about your gecko's health.