Decorating Your Mourning Gecko Vivarium

Like fish and dart frogs, mourning geckos are a “look-but-don’t-touch” kind of pet, which makes them a popular choice for keepers who want a pet that doubles as home décor (as terrible as that sounds, it’s the truth).

The Ultimate Mourning Gecko Care Guide - Decorating Your Mourning Gecko Vivarium

Photo used with permission from Woodland Manor Darts and Dragons @WMD_n_D

Live Plants

Live planted terrariums help maintain higher humidity, as well as provide cover, climbing, and egg deposit sites. Not all plants are safe for mourning geckos, but don’t worry — there are plenty of safe options to help you create diversity in your mourning gecko vivarium’s landscape:

  • Bromeliads
  • Ferns
  • Peperomia
  • Pilea
  • Philodendron
  • Pothos
  • Orchids
  • Schefflera
  • Wandering Jew
  • Moss

Another nice thing about planting a mourning gecko terrarium is that you can use plants which would be too fragile to use with other reptile species.

The Ultimate Mourning Gecko Care Guide - Mourning Gecko Vivarium Design

Photo used with permission from Helen Keeling of Blackwater Exotics

Other Decor

Adding décor items other than plants can create attractive variation throughout the terrarium:

  • Cork bark/branches/tubes
  • Twigs
  • Branches
  • Vines
  • Rocks

Most of these items also help provide a variety of hiding spaces to help your geckos feel more secure, as well as help prevent unnecessary disputes over territory.

PRO TIP: If you’re not confident in your ability to design a beautiful mourning gecko terrarium, but want to try anyway, Josh’s Frogs sells day gecko vivarium and plant kits that work well for mourning geckos.


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