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Name: Goniurosaurus hainanensis Commonly known as the Chinese Cave Gecko and sometimes the Hainan Cave Gecko, this easy-to-keep and breed species is named for the areas they are native to.
Benefits from buying at Josh's Frogs:
Recommended Enclosure Size & Setup: A single adult Cave Gecko can be kept in a 24x18x18 glass enclosure, pairs should be kept in a 36x18x18. Females can be kept in pairs, while males should be kept solitary to avoid conflict. Males and females should be kept separate unless intended for breeding.
A tropical bioactive setup is strongly recommended for this species. A moisture-retentive substrate such as Tropical Biobedding works well to retain humidity, and a generous layer of leaf litter should be added on top of the substrate. Isopods (such as dwarf whites, dairy cows or powder blues), springtails, and live tropical plants can be used to create a beautiful bioactive tropical enclosure!
Cave Geckos are a semi-arboreal species, so they will need different kinds of shade/hiding opportunities available as well as climbing materials to encourage exercise and exploration. Cork flats, live tropical plants, and leaf litter work well as hides and will help your gecko feel safe and secure. Low climbing materials like rocks, cork branches, manzanita wood and driftwood will encourage your gecko to climb and explore as well as promote their overall health and well-being. Any climbing materials should be supported by the bottom of the enclosure instead of the substrate.
Temperature (°F) & Lighting: Chinese Cave Geckos should be kept at ambient temperatures of 72-77°. A basking spot of 80-82° should be maintained during the day. This can be achieved with a heat lamp positioned at the top of the enclosure over a hide located on one side of the enclosure (the Exo Terra Halogen Spot Lamp used in conjunction with the Exo Terra Reptile Dome works well for this).
Heat rocks should not be used, and great care should be taken to prevent the enclosure from getting too hot, as Chinese Cave Geckos are very vulnerable to heat stress and consistent ambient temperatures above 82 degrees can be fatal.
Nighttime temperatures should be kept at 68-72°, and a basking spot is not required at nighttime. Ambient temperatures should be monitored with a digital thermometer, and the basking spot should be monitored with an infrared temperature monitor.
UV lighting is strongly recommended. Not only will they synthesize D3 from ambient UVB radiation and incidental exposure, but they will also use the UVA wavelengths visible to all reptiles to properly inform basking behavior and circadian rhythm. UV lighting should be focused on their basking site and feature Ferguson zone 1 levels of UV radiation. Animals should also be provided opportunities to escape from UV exposure throughout the rest of their enclosure.
Humidity: Chinese Cave geckos are a tropical species and require an ambient humidity of 50-90%, with levels leaning towards the lower side during the day and leaning to the higher side overnight. Great care should be taken to ensure ambient humidity doesn’t drop below 60% for extended periods of time, as this can prove to be fatal. Ambient humidity can be monitored with a digital hygrometer.
This species should be misted once in the morning and once in the evening, as well as possibly once in the middle of the day, with the goal of providing droplets of water on the walls of the enclosure from which the geckos may drink as well as maintaining proper moisture levels in the substrate. The enclosure should have enough ventilation so that the surface dries within a few hours of misting. A fogger or humidifier can be helpful in maintaining higher humidity during the nighttime.
Providing a humid microclimate in the form of a humid hide is important to facilitate shedding, and this is easily done by creating an enclosed space containing moist sphagnum moss, or wetting down substrate underneath a hide. One or more humid hides should be provided in the middle and/or cooler sides of the enclosure at all times. A shallow water dish is recommended.
Size: Adult Chinese Cave Geckos are typically 8-9 inches long, with hatchlings measuring about 3 inches. Juveniles sold by Josh’s Frogs are typically 4-5 inches long.
Age: Chinese Cave Geckos can live 10-12+ years with proper husbandry. These animals are 5+ months of age.
Feeding: Chinese Cave Geckos are insectivores and will thrive on a varied diet of feeder insects. Caves can handle feeder insects around an inch, with juveniles favoring smaller prey items, and slowly favoring larger prey items as they age. Caves should be kept on a staple rotation of crickets, dubia roaches, and discoid roaches. Mealworms, hornworms, silkworms and black soldier fly larvae make excellent treats, but should only be offered occasionally.
All feeder insects should be gut loaded and dusted with vitamin/mineral supplements; we recommend Repashy’s Calcium Plus LoD when provided proper UV lighting, but if not, Repashy Calcium plus should be provided to account for the lack of natural vitamin D3 generation.
Sexing: Sexing Chinese Cave geckos is fairly straightforward—males have visible bulges at the base of their tail. Animals are typically sexable by 5-6 months of age. These animals appear to be visually female.
Color/Pattern: These attractive geckos have a black/purple base color, with orange/yellow/white bands that crisscross their body. Most notable are their red eyes.
Young animals tend to be more heavily banded. The bands become narrower and shift towards more yellow/white with age.
Social Behavior: Josh's Frogs recommends housing Chinese Cave Geckos separately. Pairs can be maintained successfully with large, specialized setups, but within a small setup, it’s best to keep them alone, although a pair of adult females can successfully be housed together within at least a 36x18x18 enclosure with multiple hides. No more than one male should be housed per enclosure.
Always keep an eye on animals housed in groups, and separate if necessary.
Chinese Cave Geckos are nocturnal and are typically more of a display animal, but can be acclimated to taking food from feeding tongs or even fingers!.
Breeding: Breeding season runs from February through September. Females will typically lay 2 eggs every 30-45 days during this period. The animals should be cooled from October through January, and males should be removed during this time to give the females a break.
Natural Range: Chinese Cave Geckos are native to rainforests in islands throughout China, Japan and Vietnam. They are typically found in rock formations and caves near bodies of moving water.
History in the Hobby: Chinese Cave Geckos have been available hit and miss since at least the 1990s. They've recently had a resurgence in popularity, as more and more people realize how rewarding it is to care for these awesome geckos.
Links of Interest:
After placing an order containing a live animal, you will receive a scheduling email containing our JotForm scheduling link to schedule your new pet's delivery date.
With this scheduling link, you will be able to schedule your order's delivery up to 30 days in advance. You will be able to choose a date of delivery for Tuesday-Saturday (Saturday arrival depends on the carrier's service availability) with the estimated time of arrival generally being 12pm, or 4:30pm for more rural areas. Overnight lows must be above 40°F to ship directly to you (or above 30°F for FedEx Ship Center pickups) as well as below 90°F by estimated time of arrival.
If you require further assistance, or prefer to talk to one of our Customer Service agents, please feel free to reach out to our [email protected] email or our phone line 1-800-691-8178.
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