White Line Gecko

The White Line Gecko (Gekko vittatus)

With it’s distinctive bright white dorsal stripe against a chocolate brown or pale creamy background, the White Line, or Skunk, Gecko is one of the most recognizable Gekko species. Closely related to the more aggressive Tokay Gecko it reaches a similar size, of about 30cm, but is much more slender having a long sinuous body and slender, white banded tail.

Being an arboreal tropical forest species White Line Geckos need a tall tank and a humid set up, with adequate ventilation to avoid the air becoming stagnant. The terrarium should have a layer of substrate, such as coco fibre or bark chips, which is kept damp to maintain the humidity at 75-85%. The tank can also be misted regularly which also enables the geckos to drink from water droplets. These geckos love to climb and so their terrarium should be furnished with plenty of cork bark, branches and plants to climb on and hide behind. They are also exceptionally fast and great escape artists so make sure that lids are tight fitting and any holes securely plugged to prevent escapes.

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As they originate from tropical forests this species need a temperature of 23oC to 29oC. Arboreal lizards move up and down to regulate their temperature and so the temperature gradient in the terrarium should run from the top to the bottom. Heating can be supplied by using basking bulb or ceramic heater. Any heat source should be controlled with a suitable thermostat and guarded to prevent the lizards coming in contact with it, and also protected from accidental spraying with water which can cause bulbs to explode.

Although this species does not require special UVB they may benefit from low level UVB. Many keepers provide this by using a suitable fluorescent tube or compact fluorescent bulb such as ZooMed’s Reptisun 5. This will also encourage the growth of any live plants used to decorate the terrarium.

White Line Geckos spend the day hiding away and emerge at night to feed. They are mainly insectivorous, feeding on crickets, locusts, waxworms and any other livefood insect of a suitable size. They will also eat a little mashed fruit or crested gecko diet.