Gargoyle Gecko

Gargoyle Gecko Always Fired Up? How To Calm Them Down

If your gargoyle gecko is always fired up, there is no need for immediate concern. Being fired up does not harm your gecko, but it does serve as an indicator of a possibly bigger problem. Read below for guidance on this issue.

What is Fired Up or Fired Down?

Being fired up means that the gecko is showing as much color pigmentation as possible. This typically happens in the nighttime because they are nocturnal and light is not visible. It also happens when they first wake up.

Light causes geckos to fire down. To be fired down means to show as little color pigmentation as possible. This typically happens during the day due to the amount of light visible. It also happens when they go to sleep.

Firing up or firing down is an advantage to geckos in the wild. It allows them to blend in when needed.

Why Is My Gecko Always Fired Up?

There are two main reasons for your gecko to always to fired up. One is that there is a lack of light, and two, is that they are wet or have been in contact with water in some form. 

Is It Bad For Them?

No, this is not inherently a bad thing. However, there are some things to be aware of regarding the tank environment. Being constantly fired up can mean that there is an issue with the humidity in the tank.

Should I Be Worried?

Worry is not necessary, but awareness is important. Observe your gecko’s behavior outside of being fired up and make sure that it is all normal. 

Be sure your gecko’s appetite, physical activity, energy levels, and behavior are consistent and active during the night. It’s normal for them to be more lethargic during the day. Be sure to check humidity levels as well. 

How Can I Get Them To Fire Down?

Ensure that the humidity levels are between 50 and 70 percent. If your gecko is always fired up, lower the humidity. This will lower the amount of water in the tank and will help them fire down.


Gargoyle geckos firing up for too long is no reason for worry. However, it does require observation of their environment to ensure the temperature and humidity levels are appropriate.

Be sure to keep an eye on your gecko if this happens, but know there are simple solutions to help.


Chris is a reptile enthusiast, breeder, and blogger from the Milwaukee, WI area. After breeding hundreds of bearded dragons to supply local pet stores and owning many other types of reptiles, he is now focused on sharing knowledge to help owners properly care for their little reptiles friends.

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