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Hawaiian Mourning Gecko - Lepidodactylus lugubris (Captive Bred)-

$79.99

Quantity Available: 26

Defining Characteristics: 

  • Nocturnal
  • Easy to Care For
  • Easy to Breed
  • Parthenogenetic
  • Can Be Kept With Larger Poison Dart Frogs
  • GREAT IN GROUPS

 

Name: Lepidodactylus lugubris. Commonly called the mourning gecko or smooth scaled gecko. This is the form found on the Hawaiian islands, where it is an introduced species that has been firmly established for decades.

 

Recommended Vivarium Size: Hawaiian Mourning Geckos will thrive in an enclosure as small as 5 gallons, but 10 gallons or larger are recommended for multiple animals. Many people successfully keep these geckos in naturalistic vivaria, housed with larger dart frogs.

 

Temperature: Lepidodactylus lugubris prefer temps in the mid 70s, up to the low 80s. Hawaiian Mourning Geckos will generally thrive at room temperature, but a low wattage basking light may be needed in cooler climates.

 

Humidity: Hawaiian Mourning Geckos like it humid, and require a humidity of at least 50%. Lepidodactylus lugubris can do well at a humidity of up to 90%, as long as a drier area is provided.

 

Size: Adult Hawaiian Mourning Geckos get up to about 4" in length. When they hatch, Lepidodactylus lugubris measures about 1". The juvenile Hawaiian Mourning Geckos sold by Josh's Frogs measure 1.5-2" when shipped.

 

Age: Lepidodactylus lugubris is capable of living over 10 years in captivity, with reports of 15 years or more in the literature. All Hawaiian Mourning Geckos for sale at Josh's Frogs are well started juveniles, and are 2-3 months old.

 

Feeding: Being smaller geckos, Hawaiian Mourning Geckos prefer smaller foods. Lepidodactylus lugubris juveniles will readily eat Drosophila melanogaster fruit fliesDrosophila hydei fruit flies and pinhead crickets. Adult Hawaiian Mourning Geckos will devour 1/4"-1/2" crickets, as well as other animals that size. At all life stages, Hawaiian Mourning Geckos will feast on Repashy Crested Gecko Diet. This can be fed as a complete diet to Hawaiian Mourning Geckos, but we prefer to offer them a variety of feeder insects, as well. All feeder insects should be dusted with a vitamin/mineral supplement.

 

Sexing: Sexing Hawaiian Mourning Geckos is the easiest thing in the world - they're all female! Lepidodactylus lugubris is a parthenogenetic species - females lay fertilized eggs, and their offspring are little clones of the parent. Reportedly males exist, but we have not encountered any at Josh's Frogs.

 

Color/Pattern: Virtually all Hawaiian Mourning Geckos are much lighter, with a more contrasting pattern, than typical mourning geckos. To many keepers, this makes them mure more desirable.

 

Social Behavior: Lepidodactylus lugubris is fine housed alone or in groups, as long as enough space and hiding places are provided. The geckos will develop a social heirarchy, with the dominant animal(s) breeding. Hawaiian Mourning Geckos can be very vocal when housed together, with the animals making various squeaks and creaks to communicate. Hawaiian Mourning Geckos will also display visually to each other, in the form of back arching or tail wiggling. Aggression can sometimes occur but generally does not result in the injury of an animal. Adults may eat offspring.

 

Breeding: Hawaiian Mourning Geckos are very easy to breed - they don't need any of our help! Lepidodactylus lugubris is best kept in pairs or groups for breeding - 2 females will stimulate each other via pseudocopulation, resulting in 2 gravid geckos. Hawaiian Mourning Geckos reach sexual maturity at 8-10 months of age, and will lay clutches of 2 eggs every 4-6 weeks. Eggs take about 2 months to hatch at room temperature.

 

Natural Range: Mourning Geckos are found in the tropical coastal areas of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, including the Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Thailand, West Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea, Fiji, the Australian islands of Cocos atoll, Western Samoa, and Guam. Hawaiian Mourning Geckos have been introduced into Hawaii, as you might guess by their name.

 

History in the Hobby: Hawaiian Mourning Geckos have never been common in the hobby, and when available demand a higher price then their duller cousins. Most animals in the trade descend from animals field collected in Hawaii by scientists or hobbyists.

 

Links of Interest:

Hawaiian Mourning Geckos on Wikipedia - great information on their natural (and artificial!) range.

ACReptiles.com - Hawaiian Mourning Geckos - some interesting information on our favorite parthenogenetic geckos

GeckosUnlimited - Mourning Gecko Care Sheet - covers all the basics

ReptileSpecialty - Mourning Gecko Care Sheet - a good care sheet on Hawaiian Mourning Geckos

 

Still not sure if Hawaiian Mourning Geckos (Lepidodactylus lugubris) from Josh's Frogs are the right geckos for you? Read the reviews below and see what other customers are saying!

http://www.geckosunlimited.com/community/gecko-care-sheets/54691-mourning-gecko-lepidodactylus-lugubris-care-sheet-update.html

Shipping for any number of frogs is just $39.99. Frogs are shipped via FedEx Priority Overnight and are delivered by 12:00 pm to most locations, Tuesday through Friday. Josh's Frogs does not ship frogs internationally. Scheduling of frog order is dependant on your availability and weather.


 


Please respond to our Frog Shipping Email, to ensure you will be there to receive the animals when they arrive. We'll email back to confirm after checking your local weather conditions.


 


We can ship directly to your address, as long as your local overnight low temperature is above 39F the night of shipping, and your high temperature is below 91F at noon on the day of arrival. If your overnight lows are below 40F but above 29F, Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest FedEx Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your high temperature is over 90F at the guarantee 'delivered by' time (typically 12pm), Josh's Frogs can ship to your closest FedEx Staff Location that accepts Hold for Pickup packages. If your overnight low is below 30F, Josh's Frogs retains the right to hold frog shipping until temperatures increase due to safety concerns. We will hold the frogs at our facility for any length of time necessary to ensure that the frogs you order are received in the best of health. This policy is designed with the best interests and health of our animals at heart!


 


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FedEx's website will display the nearest locations where you may pick up your frogs. We'll look up the locations for you when you call to schedule frog shipping. You do not need to check your temperature before ordering frogs - Josh's Frogs will take care of this when contacted about scheduling shipment. Frog orders require contact from our customer prior to being shipped out, to ensure you will be there to receive the animals when they arrive, and to check your local weather conditions.


 


Shipping for any number of frogs is a flat rate $39.99. This includes postage, a box with 1" styrofoam insulation, gel packs, heat/ice packs and/or phase 22 panels if necessary. Josh's Frogs has been shipping frogs since 2004 and has shipped thousands of animals safely. We have a special contract with UPS to ship live animals directly to residential addresses and guarantee live arrival as long as our Live Arrival Conditions are met.

All gecko shipments are sent via FedEx Overnight Air or USPS Express mail (where available). Therefore, your geckos will arrive the next day before noon. Josh's Frogs offers a live arrival guarantee on all gecko shipments provided that:

  • temperatures during transit do not exceed 85 degrees
  • temperatures during transit do not drop below 40 degrees for delivery to address
  • temperatures during transit do not drop below 30 degrees for pickup at the nearest FedEx Customer Center
  • someone is there to accept the package when it is delivered