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It’s Gecko Day!

September 1, 2022
Did you know that today, September 1st, is Gecko Day? Geckos may not be the most popular pet. In fact, it’s probably safe to say they’ll never knock Fido and Fluffy off the top of that chart. However, these curious and timid little lizards are actually very charming and fun animal companions. In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO animal clinic, serving Louisville, CO and surrounding areas, a local vet puts some of our favorite tiny dinosaurs in the spotlight.

Lizard Basics

There are more than 1500 types of geckos, which are divided into seven groups. Sadly, the largest gecko, the kawekaweau, is extinct. In fact, we only know of it because of a single stuffed specimen in the basement of the Natural History Museum of Marseille. The smallest of the bunch is the Jaragua sphaero, which is just a bit over a half-inch long. As far as pet geckos, there are only a handful that make good companions. These include the Leopard gecko, which is probably the most popular; the Crested gecko; the Gold Dust Day Gecko, which has risen to pop culture fame as the Geico mascot; the Tokay gecko; the Lined Leaf Tail gecko; and the unfortunately named Satanic Leaf Tailed gecko, which is actually very timid.

Fun Facts

One thing that is unique about geckos is that, unlike other lizards, they actually make noise. Most of them chirp or click, but the Tokay gecko has a pretty distinctive mating call. Another fascinating lizard is the Stump-toed gecko. This guy changes colors, something we usually associate with another adorable lizard, the chameleon.

Benefits Of Adopting A Lizard

Reptiles actually offer some wonderful benefits. For one thing, they’re very quiet. You won’t need to train, walk, or play with your pet, and you won’t need to worry about him making a mess. And while most geckos need regular soaking, you won’t actually need to groom them. These pretty lizards are also very easy keepers. Most fully grown ones don’t even need to eat every day! Because they don’t produce fur or dander, they’re also a great choice for anyone with allergies. Plus, their habitats can be very striking decorative pieces. Last but certainly not least, they’re just cute! Do you have questions about caring for a gecko? Contact Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO animal clinic, serving Louisville, CO and surrounding areas.