Phelsuma Klemmeri Care
The minimum terrarium size for a Neon Day Gecko is 12x12x18” 18 being the height. You could keep up to two geckos in this small size, but if you plan on breeding your geckos, it is recommended that you use a 18x18x24” terrarium, 24 being the height, because this can house 3-4 geckos comfortably.
Since Neon Day Geckos are very small, they are shy and require many places to hide in their terrarium. Bamboo hollows are highly recommended for Day Geckos, as when they are placed near the top of the terrarium, they provide a basking spot. They also tend to be Day Gecko’s favorite place to relax. If you cut holes in bamboo hollows, they make great hideouts as well.
Live plants are encouraged in terrariums for many reasons. They add humidity, are aesthetically pleasing, and they can also provide places to hide.
Humidity and Temperature
In the wild, these small diurnal geckos live in a hot, humid environment where there is a slight range of temperature. To mimic this in captivity, your gecko’s cage temperature should be in the mid to low 80s with a basking spot in the low 90s.The thermometer should measure the temperature of the basking spot, with a second thermometer measuring the temperature of the rest of the terrarium.
For those of you who do not know, a hygrometer measures the amount of humidity in a space. Hygrometers measure on a percentage scale of 0% to 100%. Neon Day Geckos thrive in humidity between 60% and 70%.
Recommended Vivarium Size: A 10 gallon aquarium is suitable for a single Dendrobates tinctorius, but AEL recommends a 20H or 18x18x18 Vivarium for 1-3 frogs.
Temperature: Dendrobates tinctorius can tolerate a temperature range of 65 F to 80 F, but prefer temperatures in the low to mid 70s. Temperatures over 85F are dangerous.
Humidity: range of 70 – 100%, but can tolerate humidity down to 50% for short periods of time if the frogs have access to water. Low humidity levels, especially without access to water, can quickly be fatal.
Size: Adult females are larger, measuring in at approximately 2 inches. Male are a bit smaller, averaging about 1.5 inches at maturity. All of the Dendrobates tinctorius froglets AEL sells are well started juveniles, and measure approximately 1” long.
Age: Dendrobates tinctorius is capable of living well over 20 years in captivity under ideal conditions, although a lifespan of 10 years is more common. In the wild, it is thought that Azureus may live 4-6 years. All Azureus for sale at AEL are well started juveniles, and are 2-3 months old.
Feeding: most poison dart frogs prefer smaller foods. All of the froglets AEL sells will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies. Adult Dendrobates tinctorius will readily eat Drosophila hydei fruit flies and pinhead crickets. All ages of poison dart frogs will enjoy springtails and isopods. All feeder insects should be dusted with a vitamin/mineral supplement.