Mourning Geckos

Young juvenile mourning geckos in a bioactive vivarium, perched on top of some oakleaf fig (Ficus pupila quercifolia).

Mourning geckos (Lepidodactylus lugubris) are a fascinating species of gecko popular in vivariums. They are fairly easy to take care of, but there are some things you should know about mourning geckos before you decide to keep them.

Mourning geckos are small geckos, only about 3.5 to 4 inches total length. They are also incredibly quick, and generally somewhat skittish. They make better display animals than pets to handle.

A mourning gecko hatchling, Lepidodactylus lugubris.

Mourning geckos will almost inevitably lay eggs, and since mourning geckos produce clones of themselves without a mate, you should be prepared to deal with hatchlings.