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I have many geckos in my front yard landscape. I have numerous ground cover flowers such as Lantana and also bushes that grow in front of my windows to deflect the heat during the hot Western-exposure times of the day. None of these plants grow without water and my irrigation also ensures there are many bugs around. While the geckos eat mostly crickets, they do keep all of the other bugs under control. Whether you have geckos or even lizards in your area, be sure to build habitats that attract them and that will keep them there. Lizards tend to stay in one place for many years so if they have something to eat, they will be your neighbors and help keep bugs to a minimum.

This website will tell you how beneficial a gecko is to your garden and how to attract them. It also has numerous photos of the Arizona Gecko I have taken in my garden and landscape areas. They eat virtually any type of bug but tend to eat roaches, mosquitoes, crickets and ants. These bugs are usually a big problem in Arizona but if you have geckos, they keep the pests to a minimum. I am not sure how many bugs a gecko eats per day but you can see by my introduction photo, they eat a lot. When you see fat geckos like that, you know you would have a pest control issue without them.

They love to live in any environment that gives them protection and areas that attract many bugs, especially a garden. There is no such thing as a gecko call but if you make the environment opportune and if they live in your area, you will see them. If you have a lot of cats, don't expect them to hang around. Although my cat is old, he will still catch one every once in a while.

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You may not have geckos, but any lizard is beneficial and will keep the unwanted bug pests to a minimum. They are not harmful to your plants, flowers or vegetables. To get geckos into your garden, plant ground cover and be sure to irrigate. Geckos love places to hide.


They are in my front bushes and are very squeamish; they will not hang out when you get near them so I had to use the telephoto lens. Geckos love old rotting logs or large stones and even block walls. They are all over my back block wall at different times during the day. They tend to sleep when it is cold as do most reptiles. When the sun comes out, they will come out and do push-ups.

I will explain why they do push-ups below. If you have water bowls or other water sitting around, they will use them to drink and also, if mosquitoes breed in the water, they will eat them. Wikimedia Commons. This is an excellent ground cover but will not work in all areas. You can find others for your area by clicking on this link and then searching at Amazon. You may learn something that I don't know so if you do, please post it in the Guestbook below. Geckos do push-ups. While they are muscular, they aren't doing it to get toned, to get buff or to crawl around with a six pack.

They certainly aren't doing them because they upset their Drill Sergeant. The first reason is that you see them doing push-ups when they move into the sun. Since they are cold-blooded, they will do these little push-ups to warm up their body temperature after being in the shade or a cooler area. Just like movement makes us warmer, it does the same for geckos. The second reason geckos do push-ups is territorial. Male geckos will do push-ups to poise themselves and to let the other male geckos know that they are superior. It can either be offensive or defensive, depending how you look at it.

Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. My cat also loves hunting and eating them. I really wish they would stay though as I have an indoor herb and veggie garden and love the symbiosis created. Would love to have a garden full of lizards and geckos, but unfortunately, there are too many cats around here.

We don't have any geckos here in England but we do in our holiday home in France. The cat is no match for them, I have to say. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.

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Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so. Teri Villars more. Photo taken by author, tvyps. How do Geckos Protect my Garden? How do I get them there? Geckos are considered very beneficial and provide natural pest control in your garden areas. Things that will help you Attract Geckos.

Thick ground cover is a key to attracting geckos. Buy Now. If you or your partner hae no experience with reptiles, and have no personal interest, yor hold will struggle to tame the gecko down. When a gecko jumps and runs wildly, it can give a child, heck, an adult a shock. This can lead to disaster- a lost or mortally injured gecko. I personally would strongly recommend against a crested gecko as a first reptile for your family, particularly if it is for entertaining your 7 year old son.

Please do not take this offensively- I'm just being honest. I would recommend starting with freshwater tropical fish. See how well he can focus on taking care of an animal which would prefer not to interact with him. If he manages it- fantastic. Finally, a crested gecko needs specific care requirements, otherwise it will die from stress and other husbandry issues. If you can be honest with yourself about both your own personal interest in the animal, and your sons genuine ability to stay focused, enthusiastic and careful about caring for an animal which will mainly run from him, hide away and sleep out of view all day until late in the evening then yeah.

But I would consider another animal which is less work. I worry about your comment regarding not wanting to feed love insects. This is a big warning sign that a Crested Gecko is probably not for you, as you should feed a crested gecko live insects once every couple of weeks to give it a full and proper life. I would recommend a bearded Dragon. Tougher, enjoy human interaction and exploring, eat veggies and insects, rather than just insects.

A better choice, if you are commiting to the long responsibility of owning a reptile. Please do not buy any animal unless you are all very keen on giving it the best possible life, and never try to make it for into your expectations from it. Many crested geckos are absolutely terrified of their owners, and never improve. I hope you do not take this as a negative assumption of yor child on a personal level.

I just know that a 7 year old just isn't ready for that yet.


Wait a few years, and see if he is still interested. Many children love dinosaurs and lizards. And most grow out of it fairly quickly. Except some. Myself included. And I know that my 7 year old self would not have been ready. Hope you can take some positivity from what must seem like a very negative response. I hope you can understand where I am coming from. Otherwise- look into bearded dragons. A better choice. You will very quickly get used to feeding it crickets.

There is nothing hard about it. Good luck! Hmm, reading my comment back is seems quite abrupt and rude. Please do not take it that way. I would definitely recommend a bearded dragon.

It is a tough animal that your son can better interact with. As I said, you are better getting over your squeamishness of feeding insects. It is not reason enough to justify getting a Crested Gecko. All the other cons of owning a crested gecko far outweigh that pro- unfortunately many people sell Crested Geckos on that tag line- 'no insects! I think not providing Crested Geckos with any live insects is pretty cruel. They definitely get positive stimulation from hunting them.

And trust me- after one session of feeding crickets, you will be like 'oh- that was surprisingly easy and stressless! And don't ask 'how long might it live for realistically? Thank you for your reply. I take all advice on board, after all that's why I've posted here!

I should probably clarify a few bits as I feel I've probably made it sound as though we are going into homing reptiles 'blind'. My older brother had a cornsnake when we were younger. He went onto have tortoises which he still has now! I'm by no means an expert but I've lived with and enjoyed reptiles and somewhat exotic pets most of my life. I have a personal interest in reptiles myself and so the gecko if we were to get one would be something I would primarily care for and would thoroughly enjoy.

Regards my son, yes he is only 7 and quite immature in his nature. However, he is not your typical football-playing little boy. He has a keen interest in reptiles, crocodiles, tarantulas, snakes - you name it! We've travelled far and wide to find reptile houses and he has countless books on them. Yes, his interest did stem from his obsession with dinosaurs at 2-years-old but 5 years on and he's as keen as ever.

He has always talked about his desire to have a reptile, not to cuddle or love, but to learn about and care for. Alongside his love of reptiles is his love of animals. Until recently he had a hamster which he cared for himself admittedly, he didn't handle it as it was nouty little thing so again, Mummy did all the handling - which she would do with the gecko - but the cleaning and feeding he was very much dedicated to. He can be quite a nervous child, he certainly wouldn't be opening the cage and helping himself.

His enjoyment would come from me handling it and watching. If any 7-year-old was going to appreciate a reptile as a pet, it would be him.

I hear you with the bearded dragon - he has mentioned them quite a lot and I can see how you say they're a bit more 'robust'. My cricket-feeding isn't about squeamish-ness, it's more the guilt of feeding live creatures. Yes, I'm sure that's very silly but not something I could do. My brother fed his snake frozen dead mice. I still felt sorry for it - haha! When I expressed this to the pet shop lady she reccomendes the gecko.

Until today, I didn't even know these were kept as pets so not just something we picked randomly. I also didn't realise there were any reptiles that didn't live primarily on insects. Gecko might seem a 'whim' but it's more of a possibility I didn't know we had if that makes sense. The reason I asked the questions is mostly because we planned on getting him a new pet - something a bit more than a fish or hamster - now that he is older and continuing his keen interest in God's creatures. I asked the living time only because I had heard conflicting lifespans.

We have a cat that has an 'average lifespan' of up to years. But having had 8 cats previously, they mostly lived to about years.

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I wondered if someone with experience of these pets could give me a clearer idea. I need to make it clear to my son just how big a commitment it is. And also make it clear that when he leaves for university, it's going with him! I really need a clear view of how much he will actually get from his little gecko friend! Please don't feel like we would get a pet and dessert it you should meet the beast that is our cat - she's still with us and she treats our house like a hotel and we are her staff.

And please don't feel it would come to our house and be squished by our son. He is very caring and understanding that the animal is very small and delicate. He would never be left without supervision. Perhaps he needs to be a little older but with something that lives so long, I felt his years of enjoyment and learning would come now when he is young and carefree without mortgages and jobs to get in the way. Or maybe I'm just living in a fantasy land :-D Thank you again - apologies for the essay! Hi, fantastic response!

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You took the time to come on these forums, ask the questions and listen to people who may not give you the sort of answers you would prefer. Believe me when I say, this shows remarkable maturity and responsibility- thank you for taking this route. If only everyone else behaved so. Now- from what you describe, your son may just be one of us genuine weirdos, rather than a phase This is fantastic! He is a hero in today's world! Congrats It doesn't boil down to my telling you about your kid- if you have faith in him, then by all means go for it!

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Crested Geckos are, after all of my doom-like warnings, incredible animals- so interesting, beautiful looking and often, downright hilarious in their behaviours. Watching your gecko lap up his food with gusto is an incredibly satisfying feeling You sound like you have a good grasp on this. So if your gut says 'it's okay'. Then go for it. It could be a defining aspect of your child's development- most naturalists start out as awe inspired children.

I loved dinosaurs and insects myself, since birth I think, and it only ever got stronger. I love the natural world, it defines me as a person. I am however, incredibly wary of most parents justification for purchasing exotic animals for young children.