More than 800 species of gecko, a type of lizard, live in warm climates. When kept as pets, they require warmth and humidity to stay healthy.
Different species of geckos require different temperatures. Typically, most geckos thrive with daytime temperatures of 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Nighttime temperatures should be between 70 and 75 degrees.
Geckos are cold-blooded, which means they need warm temperatures to survive. If a gecko gets too cold, under 70 degrees at night, it will stop eating and may become ill. If the temperature is too hot, the gecko can lose its ability to stick when climbing walls.
Geckos can be found on every continent except Antarctica. They thrive in the desert as well as in tropical climates.
Geckos require a habitat with a radiant source of heat. The warmer part of the tank should be 15 degrees higher than the cooler part of the tank. A low wattage bulb provides the warmth required. However, some African geckos require a basking lamp in an area of their enclosure, a hot spot, with a temperature of 105 to 115 degrees.
Under-tank heater, ceramic heat emitters and basking lights provide heat for pet geckos.