Lepidodactylus lugubris (more commonly known as the Mourning Gecko.)

These geckos are only a handful of geckos in the world that are Parthenogenic; meaning they require no males for reproduction. I feel they are very underrated for many reasons which I'll highlight upon.


A mourning gecko is a small gecko that only reaches a little over 4 inches from nose to tail. They're a light beige to brown color with some spots running down the length of their back to the tail. They will change from a lighter color to a darker color depending on temperature and mood. Although these geckos are nocturnal, they can often be seen basking under a light in the early hours of the morning before they head for the safety of the cages decor for the day.

Mourning geckos are a great species to keep because of the ease of feeding. They will readily eat pureed fruit, meal replacement powder and different kinds of insects. I feed mine a combination of CGD, dubia nymphs and pinhead crickets. It's always a wonderful sight to see when you throw in a few dozen crickets. The show begins as soon as the insects hit the bottoms of the vivarium. The geckos come out and the hunt is on. They will chase down the crickets and wag their tails as a lure to get the insects to move. On fruit feeding days, within minutes of the dish being placed in the cage, these gals will be licking it up. This is also entertaining because sometimes they will push each other off the ledge to get to the food dish first.

I house my breeders in a 18” x 18” x 24” Exo Terra cage. The bottom has a 2” layer of hydro balls, followed by 3 to 4 inches of cocofiber. A layer of sphagnum moss covers the coco fiber. A combination of real and fake plants are used in my vivarium. I have a few fake flowers just to brighten up the cage and make it look nice. The real plants I use help keep the humidity levels up. I also have vines hanging and bamboo placed about for them to climb on. The vivarium is kept between 70 and 80 degrees F in the daytime, with a drop into the high 60's at night. Humidity levels need to be higher around 60 to 80%. I mist the vivarium once when the lights go out at night and once early in the morning after they come back on.

These geckos engage in pseudo copulation causing both to produce viable eggs. They will typically adhere the eggs in a safe place. Commonly I will find them inside of the bamboo or down in the center of plants. They will usually lay 2 eggs per clutch and they lay them 2 to 3 weeks apart. Eggs will hatch around 60 days when incubated in the low 70s.

Mourning geckos are pretty social, especially at night. However, I have clearly seen that each female has her own territory in the vivarium. During the day I can commonly find one hiding in an inactive waterfall, one around the bottom of the cage and another tucked behind the flowers. They also make a high pitched chirp often up to 10 times in a row.

If you're looking for a small, unique and fun gecko then I highly recommend Mourning Geckos. These girls will provide hours of entertainment both during the day and at night. With such easy feeding and breeding you really cant go wrong.

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