Crested Gecko Facts

Hey, if you want to learn some interesting crested gecko facts you are in the right place.

In this article, I will talk about this incredible lizard. keep reading...

Crested gecko

Crested geckos came from the gecko native species originated in Southern New Caledonia.

They were so rare that people thought their kind was already extinct, but later they became popular and one of the best pet lizards that you can have because of their great personality and temperament which makes them a good pet for children.

This type of lizard is very well known and popular because of its eyelash, it's also very easy to take care of and low maintenance.

Some Facts about the crested geckos

Another name for crested geckos: (Rhacodactylus ciliates) New Caledonian crested gecko or the eyelash geckos

Crested geckos growth: the adult crested geckos can reach more than nine inches in length including their tails.

Crested geckos lifespan: the crested geckos can live more than 20 years especially when taken care of properly.

What do the crested geckos look like?

The crested geckos came from a variety of colors like grey, red, yellow, orange and brown.

They have a fringe crest that begins over their eyes until their backs and there are two rows of spikes found at their back. The sizes of their fringes also differ.

These lizards have a flat belly to help them smoothly move in different kinds of surfaces, and they have hair above their eyes, which look like and eyelashes.

The crested geckos also have a wedge typeface and unlike other geckos, they don't have any eyelids that are the reason you may see them using their tongue to clean it and get off the dirt.

They have a small claw and webbed legs that allow them to climb to any surfaces.

What is the crested gecko’s behavior?

The crested geckos are semi-arboreal they like to spend most of the time in small trees especially sleeping or resting theirs during the day since they are nocturnal they are active and can be seen a lot during the night.

They have a very strong tail which is used when they feel frightened, scared, or stressed. With great agility skills, these lizards are nocturnal and love to sleep in daylight and climb branches at night. 

These incredible creatures can run for long distances and they are great jumpers that can easily escape by jumping whenever something makes them scared. Their tails can be dropped whenever they feel afraid but unlike other lizards, their tails don't grow back whenever they drop it.

These type of lizards are very docile and mostly weak when they are young that is why it is necessary to take care of them correctly.

How to create a home for the crested geckos

A crested gecko can go big you might need a 20-gallon tank for it. They can grow a lot, so the bigger the tank, the better. These lizards are very active and need a big space for their activities, you can also put in some trunks, branches, and rocks where they can hide and climb on.

The crested geckos are very territorial so you can only put one male and a female together.

Putting two males together in a tank could stress and harm them both. You can also put a screen at the top of the tank to make sure that they get the right ventilation they need.

Put a small pool of water or bowl into the tank so that they can drink daily, it's also good practice to have some moist in their tank. You can spray the glass to leave a moisture in their tanks. Change the water they drink daily to make sure it is not contaminated and there are no bacterias. 

You can also use some substrate for their tanks like moss, coconut or fiber. If you are planning using paper you need to test your gecko's behavior first because if they intake it they might have indigestion and get sick.

You can use a low wattage bulb for your crested geckos to provide them great heat source.

The bulb should stay lit up 12 hours per a day because geckos are nocturnal and they need low-level UV lightings. 

Make sure that there is also space where your geckos can hide if the heat is too much.

What do the crested geckos eat?

In order to let you crested geckos live healthily and longer you need to make sure to plan a well-balanced meal for them. You can create a schedule with the right amount and a different variety of meals that are good for their body.

The crested gecko’s diet should contain protein which comes from crickets, cockroaches, and worms. You can also add vitamins and minerals to their meals to their meal.

Their diet can also include fruits and vegetables in a small amount, make sure to cut them in cubes and to shred or smash them to avoid intestinal problems

Crested gecko food list

  • Peaches
  • Bananas
  • Apple
  • Papaya
  • Mangoes
  • Baby food
  • Insects
  • Flowers
  • Leafy greens
  • Nectars
  • Carrots
  • Fish flakes

Crested gecko recommended meal plan

Fruit 3 to 4 times a day
Insects 2 to 3 times a day
Calcium
Vitamin D3
 Vitamin A

How do crested geckos reproduce?

A female crested gecko can mate one male crested gecko in order to lay 2 eggs within 4 to 10 weeks. It can lay two eggs that can hatch within 150 days. When a female gecko is pregnant it needs the proper treatment with the right amount of food, vitamins, and minerals.

The pregnancy period is the best time to provide a female gecko with calcium since it wouldn’t have enough of it during the reproduction state and might cause a calcium deficiency and make it lose the appetite and activeness and sometimes even die.

The pregnancy period is the best time to provide a female gecko with calcium since it wouldn’t have enough of it during the reproduction state and might cause a calcium deficiency and make it lose the appetite and activeness and sometimes even die.

Things to know before buying a gecko

The pregnancy period is the best time to provide a female gecko with calcium since it wouldn’t have enough of it during the reproduction state and might cause a calcium deficiency and make it lose the appetite and activeness and sometimes even die.

There are a lot of crested geckos and if you are planning to have one as a pet or to start breeding your crested geckos it is important to get them from known and reputable sellers. You can try research online for the ratings and reviews, so you can only get the best pet available, you can also visit some pet stores in your area.

It is not recommended to get crested geckos directly from the wild since you wouldn’t know the danger or the diseases that they might bring.

What are the health problems a crested gecko can have or bring?

  • Parasitic infection – a rash like a scale around the lizard body.
  • Respiratory infection – the lizard drools a lot and makes a wheezing sound.
  • Stomatitis – excessive mucus going out from the lizard's mouth and redness at the outer part of their mouth.

How to take care and handle a crested gecko

The crested geckos are the easiest to handle lizards they are lightweight especially when they are still young but when you have a young crested gecko it is not recommended that you keep a lot of physical contact or touch and hold the baby geckos.

It is important for them to grow on their own, especially for the first two weeks so that they can get used and know a lot of their new surroundings and that will help them to survive. Usually, crested geckos don't want to really be handled a lot you can minimize your handling time with them below 20 minutes.

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