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A Care Guide for a Crested Gecko

Updated on June 30, 2017
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Brittany Banks loves animals. She has experience with this type of animal and likes to share how to take care of it.

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Quarantine

When having a new animal, you will need quarantine them. Choose a different side of your place away from other animals. Do this for 90 days, because it will give you peace that this new friend doesn't have any diseases. Always wash you hands and clean the tanks separately. Have separate tank supplies as well.

Never house a different species of animal with a animal!

Enclosure Requirements

Size

Before bringing home a crested gecko, you need to purchase the tank or a tub. Height is better when choosing a tank.

  • The minimum tank size for an adult is 18" X 18" X 24".

As your gecko grows, you will need to change the tank size accordingly.

Substrate

Let's talk about what you need to put at the bottom of the tank. Paper towels is the safest because it will be easier to monitor stool samples and eating habits. When you first get a crested gecko, you will need to monitor these things because it may help lessen the risk of impaction. Impaction is when an animal swallows loose substrate that can get trapped in the digestive tract causing the animal to get ill and it results in death. Other ways it can happen to an animal is by poor husbandry, dehydration, and malnutrition.

Plants

You will need to provide plenty of vines for climbing. Pet stores carry artificial vines that are covered in leaves. Remember to provide some horizontal vines that go across the tank. This will give your gecko a spot to rest or sleep.

Temperature

  • The enclosure needs to be around 68-78F during the day.
  • At night, the enclosure should drop to no lower than 60F.

Lighting

Lighting is required for this type of gecko, but using natural lighting from your house will be fine. UVB can be beneficial, but it's not required. Too much light can damage their eyes. If you decide to use UVB, make sure it is on a 12 hour light cycle.

Hideout

Provide a hideout where your pet can rest and sleep.They love to have privacy and they will use it for a place to rest. You can find a hide that attaches to the side of the tank with magnets.

Feeding Dish

Geckos like to eat food in the branches, as well as on the ground, so I recommend purchasing a food ledge that is magnetized so you can raise the ledge up high for them when desired.

Water Requirements

Crested geckos will drink water off of plants and they will drink from a water dish as well. Provide a water dish and spray the tank off with water. You will need to spray twice a day. In between sprays, there should be a dry out period to prevent mold growth. This dry out period will also prevent infections and bacteria growth. When you spray, the humidity should rise to 75-100% for a few hours. During the dry out period, it will be 50%. You can monitor this with a hygrometer.

Lay Box

Females can lay infertile eggs, so they should have a place to lay. Purchase Tupperware and cut a hole on the top. Sphagnum moss will be fine to use in the lay box. The female will lay about two eggs per batch (clutch). On average, she will lay 30-45 days.

Crested geckos do better alone in their own enclosure!

Enclosure Care

You will need to clean the tank once a month. Remove everything from the tank before you clean it, and use distilled white vinegar and distilled water to spray down the glass. The paper towel should be replaced weekly.

You will need to clean the branches, hides, and lay box by soaking them in hot water and distilled white vinegar. Let everything soak for an hour, and then rinse. Allow the items to dry completely before adding them back to the tank.

Tip

When you first bring your gecko home, do not to handle it right away. Your gecko will need a least a week to settle in.

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Diet

Crickets and dubia roaches are the most suitable for their diet. They can have bugs twice a week. You also want to feed a crested gecko diet. Read below of what diets are best to feed your gecko.

Calcium

Make sure you dust your bugs with calcium D3. You can accomplish this task by placing the insects in a bag, adding calcium D3 to the bag, and shaking it up. You can also just sprinkle the supplement directly on the bugs. In addition to that, you can add some calcium D3 to a dish. Geckos will lick it out of the cup when they know they need it.

The calcium supplement helps prevent metabolic bone disease, a condition that reptiles will get if their diet does not contain the proper nutrients. This disease can be very painful and should be prevented. You can purchase calcium D3 at your local pet store or online.

Food Brands I Recommend

Pangea and Repashy Crested Gecko Diet are both great brands that offer complete diets in powdered form. Some of these are not complete diets. If you click on each product, it will explain if it is a complete diet. All you have to do is add water to the powder until the texture resembles pudding. Some geckos prefer a thicker texture, while others like it to be a bit runny. If you are relying on this diet alone, offer them a this diet every other day, and remove uneaten food after 48 hours. Never feed baby food, because it doesn't contain the nutrients they need. Fresh fruit is not enough to feed either.


Your gecko may not eat every single day, so don't be alarmed!

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Shedding

Misting the tank is very important because it will help with the shedding process. It's also interesting to note that geckos eat their old skin. I know it's really strange, but it does contain nutrients. In the wild, they eat their shed skin so that predators can't find their scent and track them down. You may not even see your gecko shedding.

Conclusion

I really hope you enjoy these unique reptiles. They are very fun once you learn everything about them. If you need any more information, do your research, ask breeders, and ask an owner that already has experience with crested geckos. They do live up to 20+ years of age, so be prepared to take care of them for a long time. Enjoy your new pet!

Check back once a week for any updated information. This will help you along the way and make it easier on you. On the top of this article, it will say contact author. Email me if you have any questions.

Information Gathered From:

  • Crested Gecko Group on www.facebook.com
  • Reptile Connection Group on www.facebook.com
  • Reptile Enthusiasts Group on www.facebook.com
  • Gary Sanson: member of crested gecko group
  • Sherry Goodman: member of crested gecko group
  • Briauna Conino: member of crested gecko group
  • Michael Schramm: member of crested gecko group
  • Josh Hawley: member of Spokane/CDA Reptile Addicts Facebook Group
  • Elise Hightower Bailey: member of The Reptile Circle Facebook Group; humidity, fruit/diet, and quarantine.
  • Justin Pool: member of Northwest Animal Lovers Facebook Group


References

"Featured products." Pangea Reptile Supplies | Online Reptile Store | Lizard Supplies. Pangea Reptile LLC, n.d. Web. 26 June 2017. <http://www.pangeareptile.com/>.

Moonvalleyreptiles.com. Moonvalleyreptiles.com, 2011. Web. 26 June 2017. <http://www.moonvalleyreptiles.com/>.

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      MICKEY MOUSE 2 months ago from our World

      The Crested Gecko looks almost similar to House Gecko. I bet you don't like housed lizard. It makes me faint. I should learn to love and take care of crested lizard. You say they should have bugs once a week but what about Geckos in the wild they might eat bugs all the time I think. I saw a video of a Chameleon swallowing a house gecko. I wish Crested geckos replace House Geckos all around the world.

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      Brittany Banks 2 months ago from Spokane, Washington

      I'd like to add that a good website to find different flavors of food would be: http://www.pangeareptile.com/

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      Brittany Banks 3 months ago from Spokane, Washington

      Thank you very much Robert. I'm happy you liked it. It is my first article.

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      Robert Sacchi 3 months ago

      Good details about crested gecko care and interesting background information as well.