The Panther Gecko
(Paroedura pictus) is becoming very popular
to keep as a pet. They are also known as the Pictus
Gecko, Ocelot Gecko and Madagascar
The Panther Gecko is a small nocturnal
gecko native to the island of Madagascar. Panther Geckos
are ground-dwelling lizards, spending their time among
the leaf litter and downed trees on the forest floor.
As mentioned they are quite small, growing to lengths
of about 6 inches.
Feeding Your Panther Gecko
The Panther Gecko will eat mainly
insects. Feed them a varied diet consisting of crickets,
etc. Never feed your Panther Gecko an insect that is
larger than the width between their eyes. Make sure
the insects are gut-loaded and dusted with a multi-vitamin
supplement with every feeding when they are hatchlings,
and every second feeding when juvenile. When your Panther
Geckos become adults, feedings can be reduced to 3 or
4 times weekly, with dustings once a week.
Panther Geckos will get their water
from lapping up drops from leaves or other items in
the habitat. Some may lap water from a dish, and if
you provide one make sure it is very shallow and heavy,
to avoid it falling over.
Lighting, Temperature &
The temperature should range from 70 degrees F to 85
degrees F from end to end. Humidity levels should be
maintained around 40% - 50%.
Panther Gecko Habitat
A 10 gallon habitat will suffice for a single Panther
Gecko. For multiple Panther Geckos, increase
the tank size 5 gallons for each additional gecko. Use
Reptile Carpet, paper towel or a mulch type substrate,
or a combination. Provide branches for climbing and
hide boxes, and a seperate hide box for each different
gecko. One of the hide boxes should also be kept moist,
to increase humidity and help with shedding.