For your convenience, ReptiFiles has put together a shopping list of all the mourning gecko supplies you will need. Print it out or bookmark this page for a quick reference while you shop!
Although mourning geckos are widely regarded as one of the easiest reptiles to keep, please note that even the easiest reptiles can be expensive and high-maintenance. If you are not prepared to purchase everything required for the health and wellbeing of your mourning geckos, this is not the pet for you.
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- Exo Terra 12″x12″x18″ Glass Terrarium
- Fluker’s Repta-Clamp Lamp with Dimmer Switch, 5.5″
- Zoo Med Repti Basking Spot heat bulb, 25w
- Etekcity Lasergrip 774 infrared thermometer
- Zoo Med Reptisun 5.0 Compact UVB, 13w
- Zilla 24/7 Power Center Digital
- Exo Terra Mister, 2L
- Zoo Med Digital Thermometer and Humidity Gauge
- The Bio Dude Terra Fauna Bioactive Substrate Kit
- Pangea Magnetic Gecko Ledge, small
- Pangea Small Biodegradable Food Cups
- Crested gecko diet (at least 3 flavors)
- Repashy Supercal NoD
Approximate investment before mourning geckos: ~$300 USD
Keep in mind that everything should be purchased and set up BEFORE you get the geckos. This will save you a lot of stress, and does your new pets a big favor, too.
We also recommend finding an experienced reptile veterinarian in your area. It’s always better to do a little bit of research when nothing’s wrong than to find yourself in a panic when your pet gets sick. Start here: Finding the Reptile Vet of Your Dreams.
Picking the Perfect Mourning Geckos
As you look for mourning geckos to start your colony, try to purchase from a local keeper/breeder if possible. Usually people with an established mourning gecko colony are up to their ears in geckos unless they’re using them as feeders, and will more than happy to let you have two or three. Make sure the geckos are alert, energetic, and have been eating well. Asking the breeder what type of gecko diet and insects they are used to will also help the transition. If possible, purchase your starter geckos from the same colony; this will reduce the infighting that determines pecking order and reduce the risk of injuries.