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White-Line & Golden Gecko

Experience Level: Intermediate

White Line and Golden Gecko in terrarium


Did you know? White-line and Golden Geckos are active geckos native to tropical forests and love to climb. They enjoy tall habitats with a lot of branches and do well with minimal handling. White-line Geckos are also referred to “Skunk Geckos” for the white stripe that starts on the head and ends at the tail base.



Step 1Choosing a Terrarium

Golden Geckos are commonly found in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia and White-line Geckos are native to Indonesia. Both require a warm, humid environment. Both are best housed individually.

(A) 20-gallon (20-24" tall) or larger terrarium.

• Taller enclosures are necessary since they like to climb/hide in branches.

(B) Screened lid, if not included with habitat.


Step 2Heating and Lighting

• Habitats require two (C) thermometers (one high and one low) and one (D) hygrometer to monitor the humidity levels.

• The warm area of the habitat is best warmed by a (E) heat bulb or ceramic heat emitter, to maintain daytime temperatures. During the evening hours, the heat source should be turned off.

• Use a ceramic heat emitter or night heat lamp as needed to maintain nighttime temperatures.


Target Range
Humidity 50-80%
Day - Cool Side 75-85o F (24-29o C)
Day - Warm Side 85-90o F (29-32o C)
Night 65-75o F (18-24o C)


• These geckos are nocturnal and provided they are supplied with a dietary source of vitamin D, don’t require ultraviolet light but need a 12-hour light/dark cycle. If room light does not provide enough light, use a fluorescent bulb for daylight.

• For night viewing, and to minimize light seen by your gecko, use a night-specific bulb.

Step 3Substrate and Decor

(F) Use a 2-3" (5-8 cm) layer of coconut fiber or bark.

• Clean out waste weekly and completely change bedding at least once a month.

(G) Add a wood/rock hiding place in the cool area of the home for hiding.
(H) Provide branches (artificial or live) for hiding and climbing.

• Geckos are good climbers and do well in environments with lots of branches and live plants (consult reptile plants text for safe plants).

White Line and Golden Gecko in terrarium

New surroundings and environments can be stressful for pets. Prior to handling your pet, give
him 3-4 days to adjust to his new surroundings while monitoring his behavior for any signs of stress or illness. Shortly after purchase, ask a veterinarian familiar with reptiles to examine your Gecko.


Things to Watch For
• Runny droppings for more than two days
• Eating or drinking less; weight loss
• Swollen joints
• Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth
• Shedding problems; discolored skin
• Avoidance of the basking area; more time spent hiding (lethargic behavior)

If you notice any of the above signs, speak with a PetSmart store associate or reptile veterinarian with questions about the health of your pet.


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