It’s quite uncommon for a gecko to bite, but they can if they feel threatened or are being territorial. Since they are quite timid creatures, its more likely for them to run off rather than attack.
Biting when threatened
Your gecko may become scared from sudden movements or sounds. They show they feel threatened by waving their tail in the air, and moving quickly. When you begin handling them, approach them slowly and with control. Quick hand gestures can make them afraid. If you are nervous, and quickly pull your hand back, they may begin to see you as a threat, causing your gecko to bite.
Geckos can also become easily threatened by children. When children are handling geckos they should always be supervised. If your gecko is still getting accustomed to you and seems nervous when you handle them, It may be best to wait a few more weeks before introducing new people. always make sure their tank is secure, and in a safe, quiet area.
Biting when hungry
Your gecko may bite you accidentally when they are hungry, if they mistake your fingers for food. Putting a palm out in front of them before attempting to hold them can distract them, so their hunting instinct isn’t triggered by your hands.
You may be able to tell when your gecko is hungry, if the seem excited with small jerky movements when you approach. To avoid getting bitten, refill their bowl and let them feed before attempting to handle them.
Geckos being territorial
Sometimes male geckos can get territorial. It’s their instinct to compete with other geckos for territory and mates, which can cause them to fight.
Keeping them separate will largely solve this problem, but they may bite if they mistake you for a competitor. This is usually if you handle one gecko after another, but still hold a trace if the first gecko’s scent on your hands. To avoid this, you just have to wash your hands carefully.
In rare instances, you may encounter a gecko that is aggressive and bites often. They will show their defensive posture often, raising their tail and waving it around slowly. If you try to pick up an aggressive gecko, its unlikely they’ll bite, but they may charge and snap. It’s best to leave them alone if you see these behaviours in a gecko you plan to buy.
If the gecko you owns often aggressive in this way, it may just be their personality. Check on them often, they may calm down after a while as they get used to you. There sadly isn’t an easy way to train them to be less aggressive.
Some geckos that act this way are kept as display animals. If they become aggressive and bite whenever they are handled, its best to simply leave them alone.
Do gecko bites hurt?
Compared to other lizard species, the bites of geckos rarely hurt, only leaving a small scratch on the skin. They do have teeth, but they rarely have the power to penetrate human skin.
However, a bite from a gecko can cause a bacterial infection, so always make sure to wash the area carefully with antibacterial soap if you get bitten.
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