> The problem, the two original geckos now fight- or to be more
> precise, the bigger gold dust chases the slightly smaller gold dust. The
> big one chases the little one around the tank, and now, I've noticed the
> big one biting the little one on the tail. The weird thing is that the
> big one pals around with the new one- and they are of the same sex- of
> that I'm certain.
Day geckos are territorial little ***s. If you see one dominating
and picking on another one, you need to separate them. They don't
usually settle over differences and become friends... the behavior
will typically stop when one of the fightings geckos is removed. The
most aggression I've seen between mine has been when I just got them,
still learning, and the fellow I got them from told me you could keep
them in trios. Well, I figured out pretty quickly that females like
to fight over the solo male, but that stopped as soon as I removed one
of the females. I've kept them in pairs ever since and have never had
> Any suggestions?? I've never read of females fighting, so I'm
> thinking that I have all males, dispite what the pet store guy said.
> BTW- the pet store is actually a reptile specialty store, so I'll
> forgive them the mistake. They were very knowledgable (for other
> subjects) and helpful.
Females will fight with each other over the single male. Larger
day geckos will try to establish *** over smaller, younger
ones. In any event, I would recommend separating them. The one
that's being pushed around will most likely end up hiding in a
corner, stop eating, and die on its own if you leave it in the
> I'm trying behavi***modification- I squirt the big one with water when
> he(she) postures or goes after the little one. But I can't watch them
> all the time..
Instincts are much stronger than water from a spray bottle... and you're
right. You can't watch them all the time. Good luck with them! They're
fabulous critters to have and watch.