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    Default can different species of gecko live together in one tank?

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    if its a big tank 55gal?

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    No.
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    Absolutely not.

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    Nope. Different species require different humidity levels, heat, etc. Not a wise idea even in such a big tank unless you plan on dividing it up with partitions and providing each species with their own appropriately temperature/humidity controlled section that they can't get out of, and at that it still might not work properly.
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    i have a golden gecko and a white lined gecko together in a 10 gallon tank and they do perfectly fine together..never fight or anything..just give thm correct conditions

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    NO.

    Is it worth the risk of losing one or all of the geckos? Even tho some geckos may be kept under the same guidelines, such as crested and gargoyles, they are housed separately for their own well being. It's best to learn each individual species and keep according to their own requirements, rather than blending an enclosure to suit human desires.
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    If you keep to like-sized species that require the same or similar habitat/micro niche conditions, then yes you can do this. Up until I moved to follow my fiancé from graduate school and a job I did this very thing as the Museum Naturalist at the Las Cruces Museum of Natural History. At the time, I housed a new mexico whiptail lizard, a pair of madrean alligator lizards, a great plains skink, and a crevice spiny lizard within a 60gallon tank. Within a 4ft x 8ft x 4ft habitat I had a pair of collared lizards, pair of twin-spotted spiny lizards, and a tiger whiptail lizard living together. Inh yet another tank I had both of New Mexico's tree frog species (Canyon tree frog and Mountain tree frog) housed together.

    Furthermore, I've had success with this at home too. Up until his passing at 9 years old I housed a large male madagascar day gecko in with my pair of tokays. The geckos lived in a 90 gallon tank that was fully planted. I never had any issues with aggression other than towards me actually going into and doing maintenance on the tank. Interestingly, it was the day gecko that was the aggressor, not the tokays. I also had an 8 ft (diameter) bx 4 ft high circular outdoor pen that housed each a pair of collared lizards, desert iguanas, chuckwallas, and bearded dragons from 2000-2002. I had to tear down the pen when my mom sold the house and everyone got housed individually afterwards.

    Again, if you house like-sized species that require same or similar conditions you can successfully do this. The key to it is providing adequate hiding places and a large enough habitat for the species. Those saying no, I surely hope you don't like or visit zoo, aquariums, or biological parks or keep both dogs and cats. You must freak out at the sight of all the co-habitation going on there.

    I still prefer to house my personal collection individually since I'm not, nor is anyone else, available to always monitor who is and isn't getting along. It also aids in easily quarantining any pets that may fall ill. The exceptions are my fully planted tanks that may contain multiple animals of the same species or multiple animals that share similar keeping requirements. That said, of the 25 species I keep, only 4 species co-habitat and at the lone species level only my pair of cresteds, smurf geckos (electric blue day geckos), and Bredl's (Centralian) carpet pythons are housed with each other; my tokays use to be but I recently lost my female due to assumed old age as her necropsy came back clear.

    Provided a large enough cage, dependent upon species and its adult size, a fully naturalistic tank with multiple species can be a rewarding show piece and isn't any more different than an aquarium with multiple fish species - the difference is a lot more water than the other.

    SIDE NOTE: I do have issue with the golden and skunk geckos in a 10 gallon. At the least get them moved into a 29gallon...better would be a 40 breeder.

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    Experienced gecko keepers of many different species can do this based on years of experience and good judgement. Inexperienced gecko keepers cannot make that distinction safely. The OP is inexperienced.
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    No, I wold not try it. It can be done but unless you have a lot of experience I would not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fl_orchidslave View Post
    Experienced gecko keepers of many different species can do this based on years of experience and good judgement. Inexperienced gecko keepers cannot make that distinction safely. The OP is inexperienced.
    Quote Originally Posted by clemsonguy1125 View Post
    No, I wold not try it. It can be done but unless you have a lot of experience I would not.
    Some devil's advocate here:

    So it's better to lie and say no it can't be done than to say yes with proper caveats and insight/resources to garner the knowledge and experience needed to work towards being "experienced" enough?

    If that was the case, I'd never been the successful Museum Naturalist (curator if you will) that I was for 6 years, having only left that job because it was time for a new chapter in life with someone I love. I would have never encountered individuals that opened doors and showed me that there isn't always just 1 way to do something. Hell, we'd still be keeping herps in glass tanks with metal framing and regular incandescent bulbs too, if they were lucky to get an y heat at all. And we'd be feeding everything up to komodo dragons fruit flies.

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