Setting Up a Gecko Cage

Have you decided to adopt a pet gecko? These scaled cuties make great pets! As long as they have a properly set up habitat, these endearing little lizards are fairly easy to care for and very cute to watch. In this article, a Sugar Land, TX, veterinarian offers some tips on setting up a gecko cage.

Choosing the Cage

When choosing a cage for your scaled buddy, look for one with glass sides. Avoid wire, as it doesn’t hold heat well, and is easy to escape. Geckos don’t climb much, so pick a cage that is more long than tall. A rectangular glass cage is best. As far as size is concerned, one gecko will need about 10 gallons, two geckos will need 15, and three geckos need 20 gallons. Get a cover that is made of mesh or wire to allow adequate airflow.


Proper lighting is very important to your little dinosaur’s well-being. You’ll want to have your lighting set up on a cycle that will recreate the light in a gecko’s natural environment. We recommend using a timer to keep things consistent. Avoid UV lights or very bright lights, as these may be too much for your scaled pet, and could make the little one feel stressed.


Your scaled pal’s cage will need to be set at the proper temperature in order for him to stay healthy and happy. Under-tank heating is a great option for this. A basking light will work, but if you choose a basking light, you may also need to get an infrared heat lamp to provide heat at night.

Furnishings and Décor

Once you have your little pet’s cage set up, you’ll need to add a proper substrate. Cage carpet is a good option. You can also use newspaper. It isn’t the prettiest, but you can put some large leaves on top to hide it. Avoid sand, cedar, pine, hardwood chips, gravel, cat litter, sawdust, and corn cob. Your scaled friend will also need a moist hide box, to which you’ll need to add damp moss or something similar. Add at least one hidey-hole for each lizard. Last but not least, include dishes for water, calcium powder, and mealworms. To make the cage look nice, add some artificial plants.

Please contact us, your Sugar Land, TX, veterinary clinic, with any questions or concerns about your gecko.

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