Keeping Reptiles Newsletter
  Issue 10 Vol 5 September 2010
Caring for Your Pet Gecko In this Issue

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Of all the reptiles that can be kept as pets, one of the most popular is the gecko. These cute little fellows are popular for good reason as they are good pets, relatively easy to care for, and there are a wide variety of them to choose from. Though they cannot be easily tamed and really do not like a large amount of human contact, they still make wonderful pets overall.

Caring for your pet gecko requires much of the same supplies that other replies need and include:


Cage needs of a gecko can change as they age. Be sure that you consult with your local pet store owner to see that you are buying the proper cage for your new gecko. Geckos make great display pets so of course you will want to get a glass see-through aquarium type cage. However, they are quite good at climbing so be sure that your lid is securely fastened at all times.

Each cage should contain articles that are from or mimic the natural habitat of the gecko and also needs to contain UV lighting. Depending on the species of gecko you get will depend on the type of UV lighting that is necessary as nocturnal species do not require UVB lighting.


Diet will again depend on your species of gecko and foods can consist of such items as fruits, wax worms, crickets, and meal worms. Once again your local pet store owner should be able to help you determine the proper foods needed to keep your gecko happy and healthy.

As with any other living creature, your pet gecko will require water. Make sure that you have an ample supply of water but do not put it in a dish that is too deep as this can result in an accidental drowning. If you have leafy vegetation in your gecko's cage you can also mist the leaves of the various plants and let your gecko lick the moisture off as it might do in the wild.

Again, geckos are wonderful pets but they do not require, or want, a lot of human contact. Your pet gecko is best enjoyed when you simply take in the pleasure of observing it in its cage.

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Galapagos Marine Iguanas The Only Sea Going Iguanas in the World

Galapagos Iguana

The Galapagos Islands are home to many different types of reptiles, but there are none that are better known or more bizarre in nature than the Galapagos Marine Iguanas, scientifically known as Amblyrthynchus Cristatus. Though they primarily live their lives on the black lava rock shores of the famous islands, they have the uncanny ability to swim out to sea when it comes time to feed.

These unique marine iguanas, which can grow to be over three feet long, are the only sea-going iguanas known to the world and the cool sea waters proved all the sustenance that these reptiles could possibly want. While they do feed on a multitude of ocean items, the Galapagos Marine Iguanas favorite foods are marine algae and seaweed.

These reptile oddities have been capturing the imagination of man ever since Charles Darwin made his way to the island chain in the 19th century. On one island Darwin found a large amount of these marine iguanas and picked one up and promptly tossed it into the sea. To his surprise, the iguana effortlessly swam back to the protection of the rocks. Darwin repeated the process several times and the result was always the same.

Though these marine iguanas are very skillful swimmers and can hold their breath for a tremendous amount of time, they will always seek the warmth and safety of the rocks when not feeding. These reptiles use the cool sea breeze of the ocean to cool off by convection as the black lava rocks of the islands can reach temperatures that would prove deadly to almost anything else that had such exposure. When the sun goes down and the temperature drops these marine iguanas will huddle close together to provide the heat needed to survive.

The Galapagos Marine Iguanas continue to thrive on the islands today and their biggest threat at sea is from larger fish and sharks. On land they have little to worry about other than one another and the occasional human interference.

While the Galapagos Islands are home to a wide array of life, there is none more special than the Galapagos Marine Iguanas. While there are many species on the islands that are unique, these reptiles are truly one of a kind.

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