Fighting Day Geckos-do females fight??

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Fighting Day Geckos-do females fight??

Post by Peter Anderso » Fri, 07 Jul 2000 04:00:00



I have 3 gold dust day geckos in a 30 gallon terrarium. When I bought
the first two the guy at the pet store said they were females- and as
far as I could tell he was right. The pictures in the books show
distinct pores on the undersides of males, when I viewed the two I
bought, you could not see fem***pores(or so I thought). I bought the
third gold dust a month ago, this one the guy at the pet store said was
a male. But at home looking at the fem***pores on each of the day
geckos, I notice no difference. All three are either all males or are
all females.
    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.
    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.
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..
Peter
 
 
 

Fighting Day Geckos-do females fight??

Post by HKM » Fri, 07 Jul 2000 04:00:00


Quote:
>     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
a problem.

Quote:
>     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
community tank.

Quote:
> 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.

HKMouse

 
 
 

Fighting Day Geckos-do females fight??

Post by Calparso » Sat, 08 Jul 2000 04:00:00


Although the fem***pores are a way to differentiate between sexes they are
not always an acurate way to do so. This especially so in some of the smaller
day gecko species such as the gold dusts. Sub *** males in a group of day
geckoes will sometimes develop pores at all, some times they will not be
visible until breeding season and to really confuse things sometimes females
will have fem***pores as well. My guess would be that two that are getting
along are a pair and that one getting picked on is probably an extra male. No
matter what though you need to separate the one being picked on fast.By the way
behavior modification will not work on day geckoes. As smart as lizards may
seem to be they are still quite stupid in the scheme of things and geckoes are
pretty much at the bottom the lizard intelligence pyramid. Save the squirt gun
for your cats and dogs.  
 
 
 

Fighting Day Geckos-do females fight??

Post by Nick » Tue, 25 Jul 2000 04:00:00


they should not fight if there females unless u dont feed them enough and
also how old are they
Quote:

> I have 3 gold dust day geckos in a 30 gallon terrarium. When I bought
> the first two the guy at the pet store said they were females- and as
> far as I could tell he was right. The pictures in the books show
> distinct pores on the undersides of males, when I viewed the two I
> bought, you could not see fem***pores(or so I thought). I bought the
> third gold dust a month ago, this one the guy at the pet store said was
> a male. But at home looking at the fem***pores on each of the day
> geckos, I notice no difference. All three are either all males or are
> all females.
>     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.
>     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.
> 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..
> Peter