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Welcome to our big Gecko Terrarium Test 2022. Here we present all the Gecko Terrariums we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best gecko terrariums for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of when buying a gecko terrarium.




Summary

  • When buying a gecko terrarium, you should pay particular attention to the right size. If the terrarium is too small, the animals can quickly become ill.
  • Basically, you should know before buying whether the animals like it warm and dry or rather humid. For example, only desert animals should be kept in wooden terrariums. Too much humidity can quickly lead to mould in a wooden terrarium.
  • To prevent the spread of germs and fungi, a gecko terrarium must be cleaned and maintained regularly.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a gecko terrarium

What do I have to consider if I want to keep geckos in a terrarium?

If you are planning to get a gecko, you should know that there are gecko species that like it humid as well as those that prefer it dry and warm.

Desert geckos like it warm and dry. Besides a sandy soil, dry branches to climb on and hiding places are enough for them. (Source: unsplash.com / Vlad Panov)

Gecko species that feel at home in dry landscapes are particularly suitable for beginners, as keeping these animals is comparatively easy. Leopard geckos, for example, belong to these species. If possible, geckos should only be kept in groups.

A mixture of several females and only one male makes the most sense and prevents power struggles among the animals. It is less advisable to keep geckos together with other reptiles.

What size should the gecko terrarium be?

How big the terrarium should be depends mainly on the body size of the gecko. The size of the terrarium can be easily calculated using a simple formula.

To apply the formula, you first need to determine the body-torso length (KLR) of your gecko. The KLR is the length from the front tip of the snout to the base of the tail. Then the length, width and height of the terrarium can be determined as follows:

  • Length = KLR x 4
  • Width = KLR x 3
  • Height = KLR x 2

The calculated measurements are minimum values. In general, the larger the better when choosing the size of the terrarium. For each additional gecko kept in the terrarium, 0.2 square metres of additional space should be available. If geckos are kept in terrariums that are too small, they can become ill more quickly and are more likely to die.

Did you know that geckos can shed their tails? If a gecko is held by its tail by an enemy, it can simply cut it off and flee. The tail will then grow back quickly, but it will not be as long as before. Therefore, geckos should never be pulled by the tail.

What does a gecko terrarium cost?

There are big differences in the price of gecko terrariums. The price depends not only on the material, but also on the size and the equipment of the terrarium.

Small, simple terrariums start at around 10 €. Since geckos are best kept in pairs or in a larger group, these small terrariums usually do not meet the minimum size requirements.

Dwarf geckos belong to the smallest gecko species and are only 9 cm long at the most. If you want to keep two of this species together in one terrarium, the terrarium should have a minimum size of about 40x40x60 cm.

Terrariums of medium size (∽50 to 80 cm wide) are offered from about 60 €. For gecko terrariums with a width of 80 cm or more that also have special features, such as ventilation or integrated lighting, prices start at about 150 €.

Product variant price range
small models 10 € - 50 €
medium-sized models with simple equipment 50 € - 100 €
large models with special equipment from 150 €

In some cases, complete terrarium sets are offered, which are especially worthwhile for beginners. These sets usually include a base cabinet and lighting in addition to the terrarium. Sometimes you can also find complete sets that already include the furnishings.

What are the costs of keeping a gecko terrarium?

Basically, the costs of keeping a gecko terrarium do not depend on the size of the gecko. For example, the electricity costs for nocturnal animals are higher than for diurnal animals, because you have to provide lighting for these animals at night as well.

Leopard geckos are mainly nocturnal, but you should still offer them UV light. (Source: pixabay.com / sohrob)

In addition to the electricity costs, there are also the costs for heating, cleaning agents, flooring and food. On average, you can expect to pay about 20 - 50 € per month.

Which terrarium is suitable for which gecko species?

There are about 60 different species of gecko, but not all of them are suitable for keeping in a terrarium. We have compiled an overview of gecko species that you can keep in a terrarium. In addition, we give you a short explanation of how the habitat of the respective species should be designed.
Gecko species Habitat
Thin-fingered and dwarf desert geckos These gecko species belong to the animals that are warm to the touch. Therefore, they need a temperature gradient within the terrarium, which can be created with the help of a radiant heater and heating mats. In addition, a humidity of about 30-40% should prevail inside the terrarium during the day.
Jungferngeckos, Zwerggeckos,Tokeh, Goldgecko, Kronengecko These gecko species also belong to the animals that are warm to the touch and therefore need a temperature gradient in the terrarium. As they are diurnal, they need sufficient light. The geckos need a humidity of 60 to 70% during the day and even up to 90% at night.
Leopard gecko Leopard geckos are very popular. They are easy to keep and have an interesting colour change. They also need a temperature gradient and humidity of around 40-50% to be comfortable. Leopard geckos are nocturnal, but you should still offer them UV light.

Decision: What types of gecko terrariums are there and which is right for you?

You have the choice between the following types of terrariums:

  • Glass terrarium
  • Wooden terrarium
  • Plastic terrarium

We have taken a closer look at these three types of terrariums and would now like to present them to you in more detail so that you can choose the best terrarium for you.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a glass terrarium?

Glass terrariums are real all-rounders. They can withstand both high temperatures and humidity. But they also have the advantage of being very uncomplicated when it comes to cleaning and hygiene. You can simply wipe the walls with a damp cloth.

Because a glass terrarium gives you a panoramic view, you can not only observe your geckos without any problems, it is also a special eye-catcher in the room.

Advantages
  • All-round view
  • Easy to clean
  • Suitable for damp &
  • dry habitats
Disadvantages
  • No good thermal insulation
  • Fewer retreats for the animal
  • Expensive to keep and buy

However, glass gives off a lot of heat to the outside and since geckos like it warm, you will have to heat a glass terrarium much more than a wooden terrarium, for example.

A glass terrarium not only causes high electricity costs due to its poor heat storage, glass terrariums are also often more expensive to buy than other terrariums.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a wooden terrarium?

Terrariums made of wood are ideal for housing geckos that like it warm and dry, as wood can store heat very well. The good thermal insulation not only prevents a lot of heat from escaping to the outside, but also saves you electricity costs in the long run.

But you can not only save money on keeping costs, wooden terrariums are also generally cheaper to buy. Wooden terrariums can usually only be seen from one side, but they offer your animal more opportunities to retreat. Another advantage of wood is that it can be modified.

This means that you can easily drill missing holes for cables into the outer walls yourself.

Advantages
  • Good heat insulation
  • Low electricity costs
  • Can be modified later
Disadvantages
  • Not visible from all sides
  • Complicated cleaning
  • Sensitive to moisture

Wooden terrariums are not suitable for animals that like a humid climate. The extreme and constant humidity can cause germs and mould to form, which is not only harmful for your terrarium animal, but also for you.

Another point you should consider with wooden terrariums is that wood is more difficult to clean than glass or plastic. Not only does wood require special cleaning, it is also difficult to disinfect completely due to its rough surface.

When buying a wooden terrarium, make sure that the wood is untreated and low in pollutants. Sometimes geckos scratch or nibble at the wood and would thus absorb the pollutants.

What distinguishes a plastic terrarium and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Plastic terrariums are often neglected when making a purchase decision because too little is known about them, yet they have a number of advantages. Terrariums made of plastic have good insulating properties. Especially with heat-loving geckos, this can be easy on your wallet.

You should only make sure that the terrarium does not have aluminium rails, because aluminium conducts heat very well and would have negative effects on the thermal insulation.

Advantages
  • Good heat insulation
  • Easy to clean
  • Modifiable, Low weight
Disadvantages
  • Very expensive

Terrariums made of plastic have a low dead weight. So if you have several terrariums, you can stack them on top of each other to save space. The disadvantage of plastic is that they are very expensive. You pay almost twice as much for a plastic terrarium as for a wooden one.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate gecko terrariums

Since there is a wide range of gecko terrariums available, we will show you below the aspects you can use to compare the terrariums. You should consider the following criteria when making your purchase decision:

  • Shape
  • Ventilation
  • Breakout resistance

Shape

There are three different shapes of terrariums to choose from. Which one you should choose depends on the needs of your gecko. We have taken a closer look at the three shapes and created an overview table in which you can read the most important facts about each shape. In this way, you can finally choose the terrarium that best meets your pet's needs.

Model Description
Classic Terrarium A classic terrarium is the usual rectangular shape. It offers a lot of floor space, but very little upward space for climbing. It is therefore ideal for ground animals.
Corner terrarium Corner terrariums are usually very large, but thanks to the square shape, you can place it in the corner to save space. It not only offers a lot of floor space, but also enough room upwards. Especially if you want to keep several animals together, this terrarium shape is suitable.
High terrarium The high terrarium offers a lot of space upwards, but only little floor space. It is the perfect home for animals that mainly climb.

Ventilation

Proper ventilation is essential in the terrarium to allow air to circulate properly and prevent heat build-up. Inadequate ventilation can cause the animal to become ill or mould to form in the terrarium. There are two different ventilation options in a gecko terrarium, front ventilation or side ventilation.

Which type of ventilation you should choose depends on where your terrarium is located. You should only choose a side-ventilated terrarium if both sides of the terrarium are free and the ventilation holes are not covered by objects or a wall.

Breakout resistance

When buying a terrarium, make sure that it is well made and does not have any leaks, so that your gecko cannot build an escape route through a small gap.

For extra security, a lock can be added to the doors of the terrarium. Especially if there are children in the household, we would advise you to do this.

Facts worth knowing about the subject of gecko terrariums

Can I build a gecko terrarium myself?

Since terrariums can be very expensive and are not always the size or have the equipment you need, the question often arises as to whether you can build a terrarium yourself.

How do I set up a gecko terrarium?

When setting up a gecko terrarium, there are a few things you should consider.

First of all, it is important that you give your gecko opportunities to dig, because that is what they love. A mixture of sand and clay is suitable as substrate.

Hiding places are also important. You can make them out of stones, roots, bark or halved flower pots. If you keep several geckos together in one terrarium, you should build a separate den for each animal so that there are no quarrels.

How do I clean a gecko terrarium?

Regular cleaning of the gecko terrarium is essential to prevent parasite infestation or the spread of germs. Basically, the work can be divided into daily and weekly tasks. Daily tasks:

  • Removal of faeces and urine
  • Renew drinking water
  • Rinse drinking and feeding bowl with hot water
  • Removing food remains

Weekly tasks:

  • Cleaning the glass panes
  • Rinse furnishings with hot water

You can easily remove limescale residues and solid dirt with the help of a steam cleaner.

It is recommended to clean the terrarium completely once a year. This includes thoroughly cleaning all objects in the terrarium and replacing the substrate.

For cleaning, you should only use cleaning agents that are food-safe and do not contain toxic chemicals. You can find extra terrarium cleaners in specialist shops or on the internet that you can use without hesitation.

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