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Crested Gecko Care

Updated on October 25, 2008
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Whitney has raised and bred different species of geckos, snakes, lizards, tortoises and other exotics since 2003

Crested Gecko

Rhacodactylus ciliatus

Crested Geckos are native to New Caledonia, located approximately 900 miles east of Australia. They are indigenous to the island, Grand Terre, and the Isle of Pines to the south.

Because crested geckos weren't reported being seen in their native environments, many believed they had gone extinct. In 1994, the species was found on the Isle de Pins.

Crested geckos are arboreal, and since they are nocturnal, they spend their days hiding amongst leaves and branches.

Crested Gecko Lifespan

It is assumed that crested geckos have a similarly averaged lifespan as other geckos. It is unknown for sure, as they have only been in the reptile market since 1994 when the Europeans discovered the gecko on the Isle de Pins. But, is is thought that crested geckos will live about 15-20 years.

Crested Gecko Size

As adults, crested geckos can reach 4-4.5" snout to vent, or about 8" to the tip of the tail.

Crested Geckos as Pets

Crested geckos make great beginner reptile pets. They are very docile and can be handled with care.

They are a very, very jumpy reptile. So it's best to let them jump hand to hand without any force. Limit handling baby and juvenile geckos, until they are used to you. Excessive handling will cause unnecessary stress.

If you grab the gecko suddenly by force or by the tail, you risk the gecko dropping its tail, and unlike many gecko species, crested geckos don't regrow their tails.

Crested Gecko Housing

Enclosure Size:

First off NEVER house more than one male gecko together, as they are territorial and will fight, causing severe injuries and even death. One male can be housed with up to 3 females, but be prepared for mating and eggs. Or, you can house multiple females together, but do watch for any signs of bullying or stress when housing more than one gecko in an enclosure.

Crested geckos are arboreal and need an enclosure that is taller than it is long. One crested gecko can live in a 15-gallon tall aquarium (18"W x 18"D x 18"T), or 3 in a 29-gallon aquarium (30"W x 12½"D x 17"T ).

*Note: 3 crested geckos in a 29- gallon is really pushing it.

Décor:

You can make a simplistic or naturalistic enclosure setup. Make sure to utilize the space effectively, in either case. Add ample climbing and hiding places, including plants and branches.

The simplistic approach is more practical than it is aesthetically pleasing. This approach includes egg cartons; they are cheap and provide ample hiding places and climbing surfaces. If you do not want to use egg trays, you can use fake or real (potted) plants, branches, and cork bark.

The naturalistic approach is more aesthetically pleasing than it is practical. If you choose this method, it is always best to buy a larger enclosure for you gecko because you will need to add plants and branches. This approach involves the use of loose substrate and mosses as floor covering. Live plants are added either in pots or planted in the substrate with branches and bark. The advantage of a naturalistic type enclosure is that it provides the geckos with amply hiding places and climbing sources. But, on the other hand having loose substrates creates the risk of impaction.

Lighting:

Being nocturnal, crested geckos do not require supplemental lighting. Do not place the enclosure in direct sunlight, but indirect lighting can be beneficial in creating a day/night scenario.

Heating:

Daytime temperatures should NEVER reach higher than 80F; the daytime temperatures should range from 72-80F. At night, the temperatures can drop to the high 60s to the low 70s.

Humidity:

The enclosure can stay fairly dry during the day. With thorough misting once or twice a day, the humidity will rise. Strive for average humidity levels between 70-80%.

For babies and juvenile geckos, mist the enclosure twice a day: once in the morning and once at night. For adults, mist the enclosure once at night.

Keeping too high humidity will increase the chances of fungus, but low humidity can cause shedding problems. So, by misting the enclosure, you create a balanced humidity level.

Floppy Tail Syndrome

Floppy Tail Syndrome is caused by enclosures that lack climbing sources. When the gecko hands upside down on the walls of the enclosure, the tail is left flopping over it's back. This can deform the gecko's pelvis and give them a crooked appearance.

Reptile Substrate

Many people use Bed-A-Beast, Repti-Bark, or some other type of naturalistic bedding, but using loose substrates can cause impaction, severe constipation, can be fatal.

Other options:

  • Paper towels
  • Reptile carpet
  • Slate
  • Roll out tile
  • Butcher paper
  • Newsprint with a non-toxic ink.

Avoid using:

  • Cedar, pine, other wood shavings
  • Hard wood and bark chips
  • Gravel
  • Crushed corn cobs or walnut shells
  • Kitty litter
  • Potting soil
  • Silica sand
  • Calci-sand

66 Quart Sterlite Tub. Simplistic enclosure.
66 Quart Sterlite Tub. Simplistic enclosure.

Crested Gecko Diet

Crested geckos have simple dietary concerns: Crested Gecko Diet (meal replacement powder) and crickets. You can feed crested geckos fruit baby foods, but only at limited amounts. Excessive baby food, can create calcium deficiency as there is little nutrition in the baby food.

The meal replacement powder (MRP), Crested Gecko Diet (CGD), was created by Allen Repashy. It provides crested geckos with all the nourishment and that it needs. You can purchase CGD at most pet stores and Amazon. CGD should be provided to the gecko daily; usually it will last a few days before you have to remake it.

Crested geckos should be provided crickets once or twice a week, depending on their size and age. Younger geckos should be provided crickets at least twice a week, in addition to the daily CGD. Coat the crickets in a calcium supplement.

If you choose to give your gecko baby food, make sure that it is only a supplement to the CGD. Crested gecko approved baby foods include:

  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Applesauce
  • Bananas

For the most part crested geckos prefer to drink water off the enclosure walls and décor. You can provide the gecko with a water bowl in addition to daily sprays.

Gutloading Crickets

Crickets must be gutloaded at least 24 hours before you feed them to your crested geckos. It's an easy procedure. It just means to make sure that the crickets are fed prior to feeding them to your geckos.

If you purchase your crickets in advance, keep them in a critter keeper with a pice of egg carton to climb on. To gut-load the crickets, place either store bought cricket food, fish flakes, oranges, potatoes, or carrots, in with the crickets.

If you purchase crickets just for the meal, most petstores provide their crickets with some sort of feed before you bring them home. In this case, you wouldn't have to worry about it. Just dust them, and put them in the enclosure.

By feeding the crickets, they become nutritionally balanced, which is passed on to the gecko. You must still coat the insects for added minerals!

Crested Gecko Morphs

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      Whitney 8 months ago from Georgia

      Males have dark pores and obvious bulges at the base of the tail, whereas females do not. Mealworms are fine. They can be hard to digest because of the hard exoskeletons. The most important thing is to make sure that he's getting the crested gecko diet.

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      Lisa liza 3 years ago

      How can I tell if my crested is a boy or girl?

      Also he/she seems to like mealworms, so he/she gets those once a week. Us that ok

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      Whitney 4 years ago from Georgia

      Cardboard is fine. It is a cheap and disposable décor . Just replace it often, as it can mold easily.

      Generally, they don't move around much during the day, as crested geckos are nocturnal.

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      Gecko1 4 years ago

      Can i putcardboard in my geckos cage? Also, he is not moving unless i hold him!

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      Crestedgecko 4 years ago

      That's what im doing. Do you think my gecko is okay? He is always pooping in my hand, but nowhere else

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      Whitney 4 years ago from Georgia

      Offering baby food to reptiles is definitely an outdated practice, although there are a few keepers who still believe it is the best. I personally feel that there is enough proof to keep my reptiles on CGD. I have been keeping rhac species for many years. An alternate option you may want to consider is baby food mixed with CGD. It's not ideal bc of the baby food, but it is much better than baby food and powdered vitamins and minerals.

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      CrestedGecko 4 years ago

      A Guy at the pet store said that he was feeding baby food to his cresty for 13 years and i should try it

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      Whitney 4 years ago from Georgia

      No. Baby food is not the ideal diet. Baby food is not healthy to sustain any reptile. It is not formulated for animals. Even when mixed with vitamins and minerals, it still does not offer all the proper nutrients that the animals need for health. I highly suggest that you switch to crested gecko diet, which can be purchased at local pet stores or online.

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      Crestedlover 4 years ago

      Hey, umm, so each day i feed my Gecko 1teaspoon of blueberry apple banna baby food with some powderd viamis, like calcim and vitamin D. I also mix in some of his powdered food in this mix, and a small squirt of water. Is this ok? he loves it!!

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      That seems about equivalent to a 10 gallon tank, give or take. It should be fine making it a vertical enclosure.

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      Anonymus 5 years ago

      Hey there. I've read quite a lot on Crestie care, but I was wondering- I have a fish aquarium that is 30 litres, and about 30-40cm across, about the same in height. Would this be alright, or do I need a bigger tank?

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      Cooper81 5 years ago

      My crestie is 4 years old now, and she has a possibly broken leg. I've been feeding her CGD and dipping crickets in calcium powder so i don't think its MBD. But she just drags her leg behind her and its her back left leg. Everything else seems fine. But is her broken leg cureable without seeing a Herp Vet?

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      quick learner927 5 years ago from lyndhurst nj

      ok thnk u.

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      that i'm not sure. you generally have them placed underneath soil and a mesh layer. the gecko never touches them. they are a generally used as a drainage layer for plants planted in natural enclosures.

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      quick learner927 5 years ago from lyndhurst nj

      Srry for askin so many questions but wat do the clay balls do n do they need to be changed?

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      The clay balls are for when you set up a naturalistic enclosure.

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      quick learner927 5 years ago from lyndhurst nj

      so they like room temperature enclosures? n wat r those orange balls at the bottom of enclosure tht ppl use... do u have to replace them n wat is there objectives?

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      No need for external heat sources. You can easily dehydrate the gecko if you use heat.

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      quick learner927 5 years ago from lyndhurst nj

      i also have another question.... can u use a day n night heat source n wat r those orange balls tht ppl put at the very bottom of the enclosure

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

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      quick learner927 5 years ago from lyndhurst nj

      so whitney05, im planning on setting up a crested grecko tank, but ive heard tht using potting soil is good to use but wat do u recommend, tht cud possibly be better than it but have a natural look to it??

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      Jessica 5 years ago

      I've had my Gecko for a week. I know that he/she is about a month to a month and half. I am afraid that there is some shed still attached to one of it's toes. I've heard that this can cause the toe to fall off. What should I do? My friend said to maybe set it in some lukewarm water to losen.

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      Halley 5 years ago

      Hi, i have recently gotten 2 baby crested geckos and i was wondering if my flooring in their tank is okay. i currently have repti bark in it and they don't seem to mind it at all. when it comes to handling them i haven't much because i know they need to settle so they still hide quite a bit (not too worried about them hiding). But i was also wondering if it is safe that i do have a heat bulb by my cage? its far away enough that the tank can only reach a max temp of 74F because i know of the risk of heat stress. they also have lots of shade and i keep a damp towel on top of their tank and daily misting for humidity that stays at about 70%. Im also wondering if 2-3 crickets in calcium 2-3 times a week is enough and baby food(not for much longer, just awaiting my cgd to arrive)

      Thanks!

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      gecko 5 years ago

      Is the heat right on your cage it shoul be about 70 degrees

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      stephanie 5 years ago

      we have bought 2 baby geckos recently they are about 10 week old and 1 of them seems to be something wrong with it. it has shedded its skin about 2 week ago and now it has gone really dark and not moving much. it is staying on the floor and not climbing up the trees like the other 1. when i put food -CGD mixed with baby food (as suggested by pet store) in front of it, it seems to lick a little bit them move away like it doesn't like it so we don't know if it is eating or not. we havn't fed it crickets as the pet store said they will be fine on the gecko diet until they get bigger. has any1 seen this happen before is it pooly? and will we need to take it to a vet or just buy some different food to try? any advise would be great. thanks

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      gecko 5 years ago

      How do you get them to eat it with out holding them and sticking it right in front of them

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      Place the gauge about midway in the tank. I'd suggest offering more CGD. You want to make sure that the geckos are eating it and not just the crickets.

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      gecko 5 years ago

      And I have 2 baby cressted geckos and I feed them 12 crickets a week is this not anuff

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      gecko 5 years ago

      Where should I place hydrometere in a cage about a foot tall

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      Try using a smaller dish of CGD. Use a bottle cap to start, only filling halfway with CGD. I would stop feeding crickets so much, as the more you feed and the more the gecko eats, the less hungry it will be.

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      Jamie 5 years ago

      Well see I leave the cgd out all the time. I left the gecko for three days without crickets and he refused to eat the cgd, and when i offer crickets he eats 5 or 6 maybe more.

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      Offer less crickets, as the gecko may be getting full on the crickets before making its way to the CGD bowl. That or offer less CGD so that you can better monitor how much the gecko is eating. I use bottle caps and increase the amount of food by how much I see the gecko eating. This prevents waste.

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      Jamie 5 years ago

      Hey there. My gecko hasn't touched his food in a week (The meal replacement). He only eats crickets that I offer. What should I do?

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      Offer what will be eaten within 10 minutes, removing the rest. Use small crickets, and make sure that you still offer the meal replacement.

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      Sammy 5 years ago

      I have a baby crested gecko. It says to feed it crickets twice a week? How many crickets should I put into the tank at one time?

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      I'm sorry to hear that.

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      cynthia p 5 years ago

      I didn't get him in time I guess....

      :.( he died this morning.

      Thanks for the advice though.

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      I would contact a vet who is familiar with reptiles.

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      cynthia p 5 years ago

      I got him in a deal off Craigslist, I didn't know about his condition before i got him. As far as eating i know he is hungry but he is to slow to catch crickets and he bites his tong. He drags his head and his back is arched and his feet can't get any grip at all

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      Where did you get him from? If a breeder, you need to contact the breeder immediately. If a pet store, contact the store.

      You should see a vet to assess any physical problems.

      See if the gecko will eat on its own before taking the liberty to force.

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      cynthia p 5 years ago

      I just got a crested that looks like he was thrown against the wall, I don't know what to do or how to feed him, I didn't know how bad he was until i got him, I don't want to kill him but i don't know how to feed him

      please help

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      Eatin shouldn't be a problem, as there is a natural adjustment period, although the gecko should be moving around some.

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      karen 5 years ago

      i just one one pet and hes like only 3 inches and hes not eating i been having him for 2 days...is it normal...he also doesn't move or jump hes just hidding and layin down...should i worry?

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      cllum 5 years ago

      jusst got one today and it is the est pet iv ever had !!!!!!!!!!

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      Matt Man 5 years ago

      i was just wondering if the crested geckos enclosure can be just below 70 at day ? is that too cold ? also if he is nor=t eating cgd for the first two - three days should i be worried? thanks . so far your information has been greaat!

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      I wouldn't offer them to young crested geckos, but adults may eat them. Generally, crested geckos aren't too fond of mealworms, though.

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      cooper81 5 years ago

      Is it okay to feed cresties mealworms?

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      There is no reason why you should have a frog and crested gecko living in the same enclosure. Separate the two. It is unsafe and unhealthy.

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      Gecko1 5 years ago

      Hi! My frog is eating all his crickts, but i wonder, Can I Create my own calcium powder for his crickts?

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      Both plane and car ride will greatly stress out the crested gecko. Car will cause more stress than plane, but I'd recommend bringing pets as carry-ons instead of putting them in the cargo area, where it can get quite hot.

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      singinlunatic 5 years ago

      Hey Whitney,

      First, I just wanted to let you know that I think your info on crestie care is the best I've seen for general knowledge. Way to go!

      Second, I have to move across the country this summer. Do you know if my crestie will die if he goes in an airplane for about 4-5 hours during the day? They tend to air condition planes a lot and that worries me. If you think it would kill him, I am thinking about driving across the country for little Sufjan instead. But...that worries me too because it will be in May so it will probably be hot outside. The drive would take like 5 days and I will have to bring him and his tank into various hotels and the car. He'll also have to stay in the car if I need to go into a restaurant to eat. Do you think that that could actually be worse for him because of the stress of moving around so much?

      Right now I'm thinking the latter option would be better as long as I keep the hotel rooms around 70 degrees and never leave him in the car for more than like half an hour. What do you think? Any suggestions about the best way to do it?

      Thanks so much!!!!!!

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      Vertical, so that the gecko has something to climb on.

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      Nat 5 years ago

      So with the egg carton are u suppose to lay them flat or vertical

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      Gecko1, Next to a frog should be fine. Do not house them together.

      Cruz, crested geckos grow slowly. As long as the gecko is eating fine, there shouldn't be much to worry about. A staple diet of crested gecko diet, and occasional crickets should be ideal.

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      Cruz415 6 years ago

      Hi Whitney 05, I have a crested gecko that is a yr nd a couple mnths old. However, my problem is that he seems to look like he was a 5mnth old crested gecko. Should I be worried?

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      Gecko1 6 years ago

      My gecko is kept nxt to a frog. Are there any health risks?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Never feed baby food. It is not formulated for reptiles. You want to use Crested Gecko Diet.

      Also, remember that crested geckos are SLOW growers. You cannot force growth.

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      johnny 6 years ago

      how i got mine to eat the crickets was...i got a can of banana baby food and dipped the whole cricket into it and then fed it to him with tweezers and he loves them. its just my way of doing it because he wasnt growing at all on just baby food.

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      Sam22 6 years ago

      Hello im reserching creatis because im thinking of getting one.2 questions how many crickets should I offer it in one sitting and would it be bad to give it a low watt nightbulb? Thanks!

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Just make sure that the enclosure is misted, and he should get it off. If he doesn't, you can use a moist Q-tip to gently rub off the skin.

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      claire 6 years ago

      My crestie just shedded but some of his old skin is still stuck on him, this has never happened before and ive had him for about almost a year. any suggestions of how i can help him get it off?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      It could just be the change in enclosure. Give it some time to see if it subsides.

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      Cooper81 6 years ago

      Its a new behavior, she used to be great with handling. I did move her into a new terrarium, so I was wondering if that could be the problem?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Just sounds like the gecko is irritated. Has the gecko done this before, or is it a new behavior?

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      Cooper81 6 years ago

      My cresti is alone in its cage and I could handle it perfectly but now whenever I try to hold it to clean its cage it makes a weird sound at me so I leave her alone, I've read that it could be because of breeding but she's alone so it can't be, why is it happening?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      You need to seek a reptile vet ASAP.

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      zippy 6 years ago

      Just got a cg from a lady who didn't want hers anymore. this poor little guy is really sick. He barely moves, doesn't jump and his back half seems deformed and he pretty much drags his legs behind him. He's got a big dent in his back and his tail seems useless. I am wondering if it's cruel to keep him alive?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      You just got the animal. It takes some time to adjust.

      Please read the article above. Do not feed the animal baby food. It is not balanced for the health of the animal. Invest in crested gecko diet, which is the ideal meal replacement. Add water and feed. Start with a water bottle cap and slowly build up to larger bowls as you see the animal eating.

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      Zach123 6 years ago

      I just got a Crestie 2 days ago and he seems to be calm in his new habitat (He was pretty frisky when I got him). When I checked this afternoon after putting a cricket and baby food in this morning he hadn't eaten it so I took the cricket out and tried to hand-feed him the baby food. He took it and ate until he seemed to be full. It seems that he won't eat baby food unless I hand-feed it to him. When I got him from the pet store they said he liked crickets more than baby food but he won't eat it even if I drop it right in front of him.

      Help!!! 1. why won't he eat the baby food unless I hand-feed him

      and...

      2. why won't he eat the crickets when the pet store said he loved them

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Good. Your gecko shouldn't be eating baby food anyway. Stick with crested gecko diet. Do not offer baby food.

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      Ron 6 years ago

      My gecko doesn't eat baby food. HELP!

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Yep.

      It's not eating the CGD bc it's full on crickets. You need to feed crickets at most 2-3 times a week, but once a week is sufficient. The gecko will not be healthy and will be vitamin deficient if it doesn't start eating the CGD. I suggest stop crickets until you see the gecko eating the CGD. offer capfulls instead of a bowl, as this will give you a better idea on monitoring how much it's eating.

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      michelle992 6 years ago

      My crested is healthy looking and has a real appetite for crickets but does not even bother with the cgd even when that's the only thing offered. If it gonna be unhealthy for him if he just continues with the gut loaded crickets?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Baby food is not an option for a healthy diet. Please read the care sheet above. Baby food is NOT formulated for reptiles and there are many accounts of deficiencies caused by a diet of baby food.

      You want to purchase crested gecko diet and feed that instead. Crickets should NOT be a staple, but only a treat once or twice a week.

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      VD 6 years ago

      WHAT OTHER FOODS CAN U FEED THEM BESIDES BABY FOOD AND CRIKETS????

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      You cannot accurately tell the gender until the gecko is bigger. Some can loupe a crested at 10-15 grams and tell, but it's most accurate when they're at least 20 grams.

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      luck 6 years ago

      any names for cresties just got mine 30 min ago dont know if female or male how do i know please respond to a rokie

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Katie, a crested gecko will become pale when it is going to shed and when it is fired down.

      Cooper, I do not recommend housing a male and female together unless you plan on breeding. In that case, plan on another cage for the male when not in breeding season so the female can rest. Also, plan on other cages for the offspring. At 5 inches, it should be quite easy to tell male or female. Female may fight, you just have to be prepared to separate. I suggest always housing individually when possible.

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      Cooper81 6 years ago

      Also, where would be a good place to buy a 29 gallon high enclosure?

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      Cooper81 6 years ago

      Hello again, so i've had my cresti for a while and just realized thats shes a female, it was pretty hard to tell before because shes pretty small (ABout 5 inches from snout to tip of tail)I saw that there were no very visible sacs near her start of tail. But as for my question, would it be safe to house her with another female crested gecko in a 29gallon tank?

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      kaitiie 6 years ago

      what might cause my cresti to turn pale in colour? i know for a fact that he is not shedding. any ideas?

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      Amanda 6 years ago

      My crested gecko bites! What should I do?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      All depends on what you mean by lighter and darker. They do tend to fire up when it comes to higher humidity, which they tend to show brighter colors

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      Cooper81 6 years ago

      Is it normal for my cresti to turn pale when its low humidity and turn darker when its high humidity?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      It could be the stress of moving. Keep offering the food as you are, and just leave her be. Sometimes it takes some geckos an adjustment period after moving.

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      JimMoy 6 years ago

      we just moved accross canada and before we left we picked up a female crestie. we have lots of leos but never had a crestie till now and she seems happy in her new tank but i dont think she is eating. i make up rapashey every night enough to almost fill a coke bottle cap then put it in a little larger dish so it spreds out a little thinner and in the morrning it looks like she has not eaten a thing. also we put 5 or so crickets in a few times a week but after a week and a half we seem to be taking them all out because there is 15-20 in there like she dosnt eat any of them. is this just stress from moving and she needs some time to settle down? or something more a freind had two cresties that he bought off kijiji back in ontario and 2 weeks after he bought them they were dead and he tried baby food rapashy crickets the whole nine yards and aparently they still wernt eating so i dunno if this is linked or just a coincidence? thanks

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      Brendan 6 years ago

      .......LEOPARD GECKOS RULE ......yes also I am going to sell my cresteds with tank im spread too thin and im going with leopards for a while

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Dustin, I would not suggest the paper twoels. The gecko will continue laying eggs for a few months. I would prepare with housing for the geckos. If you don't want to and can't find homes for potential hatchlings, freeze the eggs and throw them out. If you choose to keep them, search for vermiculite or perlite (WITHOUT FERTILIZER) at a garden store. You can also use commercial mediums purchased online. An incubator is ideal at creating stable temperatures, but not always used with rhacs. The eggs may not be fertile, as some females will lay infertile eggs, especially if it's her first breeding season.

      Cooper, Typically, there's no need for a water bowl, as they drink from the water droplets. Could be that the enclosure isn't humid enough.

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      Cooper81 6 years ago

      The shallow pool of water is the water bowl, he likes to sit in there during the day, im confused why.

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      Dustin 6 years ago

      Thank you for the reply. Got a funny story I bought my first crestie about 3 months ago as an adult. The lady we bought her from said she tryied breeding her but she did not accept her male so that was why she was selling her. Which was fine because we wernt planning on breeding. but today she laid fertile eggs. I have never bred a reptile and i am kind of lost I know you dont have to incubate but I cannot find any vermiculite or any substitute and I live in a small town so my next question is is it ok to keep them in moist papertowels until they hatch ,and how long to they generally take to hatch.

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Cooper, generally, there shouldn't be a shallow pool of water to sleep in.

      Dustin, you don't have to feed crickets or any insects if you don't want to. Generally, the extra protein source just aids in development. They are great for both young and adult crested geckos. I feed crickets to mine- of all ages- once a week. It is not necessary to offer them at all though. If you opt to feed crickets, offer as many as the gecko will eat within 15-20 minutes, removing the uneaten insects. Depending on the gecko, I've had some young ones eat 5-10 a feeding. It just all depends.

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      Dustin 6 years ago

      hello I would like to say that this page is very helpful I now have 2 cresties and I did research them for 2 to 3 months and I really hate how everones opinion is differant and you seem to know what you are talking about so I will ask you I bought my first crestie as an adult so I wasnt to concerned about crickets but yesterday I bought a baby and I see everyone say that you should feed crickets 2 or 3 times a week but no one says how many I would guess 1 or 2 at a time but just wanted your opinion thanks.

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      Cooper81 6 years ago

      Is it normal for cresti's to sleep in shallow pools of water?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      So you were sad? I don't thinkg 'gutted' is the right word.

      Misting more than twice a day is perfectly fine.

      The only concern is mold growth. You just want time to let the tank dry out a bit before next mist.

      Personally, I soak (via a heavy mist) my tanks at least twice a day for young and juvenile geckos. They need much more humidity and moisture than adults.

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      alexG 6 years ago

      sorry i have missed out words again lol, I was gutted that my pet died i meant to say. I was misting his tank twice per day as i was told misting more than this isnt good for the gecko

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      I'm still not sure what you mean by you were gutted a pet.

      Either way, dehydration is always a concern if the animal isn't being misted properly.

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      alexG 6 years ago

      hi again, i wasnt putting the blame towards the cgd, i was actually meaning he was eating it and things were improving and he was always drinking water so i assumed dehydration wasnt the problem either. I also didnt mean the animal was gutted i was meaning i was gutted my pet. thanks anyways

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Well if one of you is feeding cgd, how did you not get the memo? Either way, care is simple. Research is to be done BEFORE you get an animal not after.

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      Cooper11 6 years ago

      Ok, thanks. And Dillion is my brother, he also has a cresti but its also a male

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Dillion and Cooper, please compose one comment versus composing multiple comments at the same time, each being different. Also, keep in mind I can see your ISP and know that you are the same person.

      CGD is best for rhacs. Mixing it with anything is not better than just plain CGD, and in some cases if you mix it with something sugary like applesauce it can become unhealthy. Curling in a ball is nothing abnormal but nothing normal either. I do not recommend heat rocks for any reptile and do not believe they should be sold as they cause major burns in anything from snakes, geckos, and lizards.

      There isn't any need to spoon feed, especially as you haven't had any CGD to offer to feed and have just purchased it. I recommend using soda bottle caps to feed younger geckos so that you can better monitor their appetite and feeding.