Electric Blue Day Geckos – The Ultimate Guide


Origin

Electric blue geckos or Lygodactylus williamsi originate from the forests of Tanzania. They are also called turquoise dwarf gecko and William’s dwarf gecko. However, the majority of enthusiasts in the pet trade refer to them as the electric blue gecko.  

Similar ro Day Geckos, this lizard is also diurnal, which means they are mainly active during the day. Males are also territorial and cannot be placed in the same enclosure with another male. 

This gecko is well-sought because of its incredible color.  

Unfortunately, these animals are becoming critically endangered. One of the primary reasons for the diminishing population of this species is the destruction of the gecko’s habitat. Aside from the pet trade and destruction of forests due to the increasing population, most gecko collectors also knock down the pandamus in order to get the geckos. 

Since this pet has become critically endangered, the market price is also pricey. Price may range  from  150- 290 dollars depending on the size and color.

Identifying Traits

Electric blue day gecko is marked-out by Arthur Loverage as “startling turquoise-blue”. Males have a beautiful shade of blue while their underbelly till neck and tail has the shade of bright orange. Female, on the other hand, has the shade of olive-green and copper harmonized by a blue tone. Their belly has a cream to bright orange tint. Males who have brighter blue colors are more dominant in character while other males who are lighter in color are submissive just like the females.

Male and female geckos in the juvenile stage resemble the female adult except for the size since the juvenile is smaller. Males also tend to have black stripes or solid black patterns on their throat. Females don’t have solid black colors on their throat. 

Compared to other gecko species, electric geckos are smaller. Having sexual dimorphism, males and females don’t only differ in the color, it can also be shown in the actual size of the geckos. On average, an adult male reaches 3 inches in size while the female is 2 ½ to 2 ¾ inches. 

Habitation

In their natural habitat, they live on pandanus palms or screw pines. An adult male or adult female with juveniles will normally reside in a single leaf crown of a pandanus. Furthermore, they are commonly found on large trees where the left reaches 1 meter long.

In captivity, they can be kept in enclosures. They can be housed in a 12’’ x 12’’x 18’’ enclosure. We highly recommend the Exo Terra and Zoo Med ranges. Glass terrariums can be a great place to house your geckos. Glass are easy to clean and lets you monitor your pet whenever you want. It’s durable and classy. It also lets the sunlight brighten the enclosure and gives your pet enough basking environment. 

This gecko is very active and social. They love to move fast and are experts at escaping. To prevent them from breaking free from the confinement, use a screen mesh as a cover. Also, cover the holes and make sure the opening of the enclosure is always covered all the time.

Substrate

In order to create a comfortable place for your pet, you can use a quality substrate which is composed of 75 percent peat moss and 25 percent sand. This is great for retaining the humidity and moisture inside the enclosure.

To make it bioactive, you can create a drainage system in order to collect the excess water at the bottom. You can use small rocks at the bottom and then place a cloth to separate the substrate. Then, add 2 to 3 inches of the substrate mix.

To avoid the enclosure from being stinky and dirty, you should replace the substrate after 3 to 4 months.

Humidity and Temperature

Relative humidity of 60 to 80 percent is enough to promote health and wellness.  You can also mist the enclosure twice a day to make it more humid. Misting should be done to cover the leaves with water droplets. Take note that there should also be good ventilation to let the moisture evaporate.

The temperature inside the enclosure must be within 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime. For nighttime, 74 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit should be enough. You can give your geckos 10 to 12 hours of UV light. Using light with a 5,000-kelvin color temperature can also magnify the best color of your geckos.

Light Requirement

UVB, UVA and Infrared radiation for the enclosure of your geckos should be kept on a consistent schedule to allow the normal day and night cycle. 

UVB is necessary for the basking area. It will help your geckos in synthesizing the vitamin D3 which is essential for their health and immunity as well as in the production of serotonin. They can also benefit from UVA in achieving their best color. Using 6500k daylight to promote better lighting inside the enclosure also contributes to increasing the appetite of the geckos!

Infrared radiation, on the other hand, is necessary for the gecko’s thermoregulation. They need heat to regulate their temperature,  metabolize and stay healthy. 

Decoration 

Electric blue day geckos are arboreal animals. This means that they need enough space to climb. Give your geckos root branches or bamboo to make the enclosure emulate their natural habitat. You can also place rocks or live plants to give extra coolness inside.

You can add bromeliads, ferns or low-maintenance plants such as sansevieria to make the enclosure appealing and conducive.

Make sure that the decoration such as branches is well attached to the base in order to avoid unnecessary injuries to your geckos. 

Diet and Nutrition

Electric Blue day geckos are insectivores and mainly feed on insects such as black crickets, brown crickets , waxworms, dubia roaches and mealworms. Offering a variety of insects for feeding will promote higher nutrition for the geckos. Supplements should also be added to compensate for the lacking nutrition in the feed.  Small-sized, vegetables or fruits, as well as nectar or pollen, can also be added to their diet.  This will help boost their immune system and keep them healthy.

For adult stage geckos, you can feed ¼-inch insects while for juvenile and hatching ⅛ inch should be given. Take note that the Insect feed can be broken down into smaller sizes to avoid choking. These are the preferable size of insects for your electric blue day geckos.

When you feed your geckos, make sure that the insects are loaded with nutrition that is essential for their overall development. Insects and vegetables can be given at least 4 to 7 times a week depending on the maturity of your pet. Also, give them clean water every day. 

The lifespan of this gecko reaches typically up to 10 years, given the proper condition and sufficient nutrition. 

Sexing

The sex of electric blue day geckos can be determined by their colors. Males have blue colors while females tend to have olive-green coloration. However, this is not really reliable since submissive males tend to have the same coloration as females.

The most efficient way to sex your gecko is by their femoral pores which are located in between the hind legs. Males have prominent femoral pores compared to females. 

This species, although territorial in nature, are communal animals. A male gecko can be housed with a female or multiple females. This makes breeding easier. 

Breeding

These species are very active in breeding. The female adult lays a pair of eggs every 2 to 3 weeks. Make sure to give your females vitamins and calcium to support the process of reproduction. Excessive reproduction without a proper diet can lead to health issues and shortened lifespan of your pet. 

Electric blue day geckos, as described by hobbyists, are “egg gluers”. It means that when the females lay eggs, it glues or attaches easily to the surface. And the moment they are glued to the surface, it would be very difficult to remove the eggs. You can prevent damaging the eggs by creating a nesting site inside the enclosure. 

After hatching, remove the eggs carefully and place them under the incubator for higher chances of survival.

Supplement

Supplements are necessary to compensate for the lacking vitamins and minerals in their feeds. And this is important to keep them physically and mentally healthy. To promote overall health, you can soak the insect feed in vitamin solution and allow it to absorb the vitamins needed by the gecko. You can also sprinkle or dust the insect with reptile supplements and calcium to achieve the same effect. 

For adults, vitamins and minerals with calcium should be given twice a week while for juveniles, it  must be 3 times a week.

Common Health Issues

Parasite infection

Worms and other internal parasites are common among electric blue day geckos. This is a serious problem since parasites can rapidly reproduce inside the animal. This can also cause respiratory problems, pneumonia and in worse cases, death. Common symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite and extreme weight loss are common symptoms of parasite infestation. To treat this, you can make use of a dewormer that is suitable for your gecko.

Injuries from falling

Geckos tend to climb most of the time since they are tree-loving animals. Hence, injuries from falling are anticipated. They are delicate animals and falling can be dangerous. It may not kill your geckos but it can make them critically ill especially when they fall on higher heights and rough surfaces. Symptoms may include broken bones, tail dropping and damage to the internal organs are the common symptoms of falling.

Final Thoughts 

Electric blue day geckos are fun animals you can add to your home. Although they are expensive, they are extremely beautiful because of their vibrant blue coloration!

To promote their overall health, keep them safe inside the enclosure by giving them enough humidity, temperature and ventilation. Also, give them the proper nutrition to make them live longer.

Lastly, always monitor your pet as much as possible. This will allow you to observe the unusual behavior of your pets and act on the problem immediately. 

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