Because gargoyle geckos are arboreal, they need more vertical space than horizontal, and for ease of access I strongly recommend investing in a front-opening enclosure. Here’s the general rules for gargoyle gecko terrarium size:
- Hatchlings (<12g) — 5 gallons
- Juveniles and Adults (>13g) — 20+ gallons
We recommend the following enclosures for use with gargoyle geckos:
- Zen Habitats 24″x24″x24″ Reptile Enclosure
- Exo Terra Small/Tall AllGlass Terrarium (18″x18″x24″)
- Zoo Med NT-4 18″x18″x24″ Naturalistic Terrarium
- Zilla 18″x18″x25″ Front Opening Terrarium
Bigger is always better! Larger enclosures give your gecko more space for exercise and hunting, and can thereby help keep it in better health.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have a hatchling gargoyle gecko under 13g, special adjustments will need to be made regarding heating and UVB lighting to avoid “cooking” your baby. Refer to the Light, Heat & Humidity page of this guide for details.
Can I keep 2 or more gargoyle geckos together?
It depends. Keeping hatchlings (babies) and juveniles together is not recommended because they can be cannibalistic.
Once they’ve reached adulthood, groups of females can be kept together without much incident. One male and multiple females can also be kept together as a breeding colony — but only if breeding is the intention. The key to success with groups is to provide lots of space, offer multiple feeding ledges, and cluttering the terrarium with visual barriers (leaves, branches, vines, cork tubes, etc.). A good rule of thumb is to add 5 gallons of additional space for each additional gecko.
- Introduction to Gargoyle Geckos
- The Gargoyle Gecko Shopping List
- Terrarium Size Guidelines (YOU ARE HERE)
- Substrate Options
- Temperature & Humidity Requirements
- Decorating Your Gecko’s Terrarium
- Feeding Your Gargoyle Gecko
- Handling Tips
- Common Diseases & Health Questions
- Additional Resources
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