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Chahoua Gecko Cages and Enclosures

Chahoua Gecko Cages

The age and size of your chahoua will determine what type of enclosure you should keep it in. As a general rule, chahoua like enough space to move around, forage for fruit and insects, and to thermoregulate, but they also enjoy security, which means they don't necessarily require expansive enclosures either. 


  • For animals under 10 grams in weight, I recommend keeping them in smaller containers like a medium kritter keeper or 6-quart sized bin if you use a slide-out rack. This smaller enclosure size allows younger geckos to find food and water easily and gives them a sense of security.


  • For animals that are 10-25 grams, use something about double the size mentioned above, so possibly a large kritter keeper or 15-quart bin in a slide out rack. At this stage, your chahoua will be eating vigorously and growing quickly, but the same principles from above of easily finding food and feeling secure still apply. 


  • For single animals over 25 grams into adulthood, I recommend a 12”x 12”x 18” Exo-Terra terrarium. I have also used a standard 10 gallon tank with a screen top with good success.


  • For adult pairs, I recommend an enclosure that is at least 20 gallons, or something like an 18”x 18”x 18” or 18”x 18”x 24” terrarium. There are a variety of new sizes and caging types available on the market, but going with at least 20 gallons will ensure that you have happy and healthy chahoua. I personally use and recommend the PVC enclosures from Tamura Designs

Cage Decor and Key Elements for Chahoua Gecko Enclosures

Now that you have your enclosure picked out, what should you put in it? There are a few simple things to include that will create an ideal enclosure for your chahoua. 


  • Substrate: If your chahoua is under 10 grams, I recommend using paper towels for substrate. At this age, young geckos are refining their hunting skills and may not be as accurate when catching insects as they will be in just a few more months. Using paper towel means that your gecko, while learning to catch prey, won’t accidentally bite and swallow a piece of bark or dirt that can cause impaction. Impaction can be deadly. Older geckos can be kept on organic potting soil.

  • Climbing elements: No matter their age, the best thing you can include in your chahoua enclosure is cork bark -- they love it! Cork bark is easy to clean, does not rapidly break down in humidity, and dries out quickly after misting. You’ll want one or two tall, vertically oriented slabs of cork bark and/or if you can find one, a cork hollow. Adjust these so that your gecko can hide behind or within them and feel secure. In addition, vines or sticks can be used for decor in other parts of your gecko’s habitat - they’ll use these when basking and hunting.

  • Feeding/Watering stations: Chahoua will drink water out of a water bowl and they do like a variety of fruit smoothie diets. The best way to accommodate both of these is with magnetic ledges like these. Such ledges are easier to accommodate in larger enclosures, so for younger geckos, I use large bottle caps - like Gatorade caps - and keep one filled with water, and use another when feeding fruit diets.

  • Foliage: Plants, whether real or fake, add another layer of security for your chahoua. For adult enclosures I recommend fake plants because chahoua are large bodied geckos and will crush living plants over time. When using fake plants, be sure to clean and rinse them thoroughly to remove excess dyes, perfumes and waxy coatings that are often added by craft stores. I also recommend fake plants and vines for younger and hatchling chahoua. You can place these wherever and however you like, or how your chahoua seems to enjoy. 

Here are some photos of adult enclosures that measure 18" high x 16.5" deep x 15" wide. My geckos have been very happy with this size and setup.

Below is a quick video tutorial of how I keep hatchling and young juvenile chahoua. While it might look like tight quarters, this is a proven and recommended method for geckos under 10 grams.

Humidity, Lighting and Temperature for Chahoua Geckos

New Caledonia, from where chahoua originate, is a fairly humid place which means you need to try to replicate a similar environment in your enclosure. The easiest way to do this is through misting. Whether you use a misting system, squirt bottle or larger size sprayer, just add a few drops of dechlorinator to the water and mist down your chahoua’s enclosure thoroughly as needed; for most people just once in the evenings is sufficient. If you live in a drier climate, you might need to mist more than once per day, or in a heavier volume. 


You will see your gecko lick water from the walls of the enclosure and from his/her own eyes - very cool! I recommend the use of a hygrometer because humidity can be a tricky thing to measure. You want to be sure that your chahoua’s enclosure reaches 70% humidity for a few hours during the day, and does not drop below 30-40% in between misting. 

If you have a larger collection or want to simplify the care for your chahoua, I also recommend misting systems such as Mist King. I use Mist King systems for all of my adult enclosures but spray babies and juveniles by hand.

Chahoua can exist happily at what most people would consider to be “room temperature” or about 65-80° Fahrenheit, or 18-26° Centigrade. Prolonged exposure below 60°F/15°C or over 85°F/29°C for can result in stress, and ultimately, death. If you’re unsure about what might be too hot or too cold, use a thermometer or temperature gun to confirm. If your ambient temperatures are too high or too low, consider moving your chahoua to a different location or using a heat source if necessary.


Does your chahoua need supplemental lighting? No. Would it enjoy and benefit from UVB? Certainly. Younger animals can be harder in this regard because their enclosures are smaller, so adding UVB can be challenging. For older and larger animals, I use full-spectrum UVB lighting on every enclosure. If you do decide to use a heat source, it should be positioned to one side of the enclosure so that chahoua can thermoregulate as needed.

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