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How to Set Up a Crested Gecko Enclosure

Updated on December 7, 2011
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Whitney has raised and bred different species of geckos, snakes, lizards, tortoises and other exotics since 2003

Crested Geckos

Crested geckos are one of my favorite pet reptiles. They are relatively small and are very simple to house. I mean, they don't necessarily require heating or lighting. You just have to make sure that their enclosure is set around 75F to 80F, and the enclosure is taller than it is long.

These guys are pretty hardy reptiles and are one of the best beginner species that a newbie reptile keeper can raise and keep.

When thinking about getting a crested gecko or any other pet reptile, you want to make sure that you know how to properly care for the reptile, and the enclosure is probably one of the two more important aspects of properly caring for a reptile- the other being diet.

So, when setting up a crested gecko enclosure, you pretty much have two options- natural and simple. I always prefer simple because it's just so much easier to clean and care for, but below you can choose which option is best for you.

Enclosure Size

First off before you even get started, you want to make sure that you know what size enclosure that you will need. I like to house babies and juveniles in kritter keepers, and as they grow upgrade the kritter keeper until they require a tub of some sort.

By starting them in smaller enclosures you can prevent stress and the gecko can find it's food.

For adults, though, you want to make sure that you house ONE adult crested gecko in at least a 15 gallon tall aquarium. Remember crested geckos need height over length; they are arboreal reptiles.

If you want to house multiple crested geckos in an enclosure, it is only recommended if you house multiple females, as multiple males will fight, and male/female groups will breed, and the females will need at least 3 months of rest. But, anyway, you can house up to 3 crested geckos in a 29 gallon aquarium.

If you don't want to go the aquarium route, but want something that is a little lighter to move and easier to clean, you can always try the clear tubs. I prefer the 66 quart tubs for groups of 3 crested geckos. I house older juveniles in 22 quart tubs. (I believe these are the quart sizes, I still need to double check them)

Just remember if you want to go the tub route, you want to make sure that you drill air holes into the side of the tub and preferably screen a portion of the lid (meaning cut out a plastic portion and replace it with screen). This will allow for better ventilation.

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Picture from C&S Exotics (natural in appearance)
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Picture from Peewee

Naturalistic Crested Gecko Cage

When it comes to a natural crested gecko enclosure, you want to be careful of smaller geckos. You do not want to introduce a hatchling or baby crested gecko into an enclosure with dirt, as younger geckos have problems catching their food properly and can end up with a mouthful of dirt. And even though crested geckos need CGD more than they need crickets, they sure appreciate crickets on occasion.

It's also not recommended to put new crested geckos into a full natural enclosure because you cannot properly watch them for illness during the quarantine period.

So, when making a naturalistic crested gecko enclosure, I would suggest waiting until the gecko is a little older, but in the end it's still up to you to decide.

With the natural enclosures, you should really use an aquarium over a plastic tub because more than likely you will be adding live plants, and your plants will need some flourescent lighting. Plus it will just be easier.

You want to use a Bed-A-Beast type substrate so that you plants can root themselves. Many people layer the bedding- for example expanded clay aggregate, window screen, and then Bed-A-Beast. This is helpful for the plants and drainage. I would suggest about an inch of the expanded clay aggregate and three to four inches of the Bed-A-Beast substrate.

And, if you wanted, adding some nice moss to the top of the Bed-A-Beast would give the set up a nice feel.

Before planting your live plants, you want to wash them off, to get rid of any pesticides and insecticides.

You want to plant your live plants in the aquarium and let them fill in before putting the crested gecko(s) in the aquarium. By letting the plants fill in, the gecko(s) will have more to climb on, as the plants will not be as frail and flimsy.

Plants that you may want to conside can include:

  • Schefflera
  • Pothos
  • Peace lily spathiphyllum
  • "Polka dot plant" (hypoestes sp.)
  • "ZZ plant" (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
  • Spider plant

You don't have to use live plants in a natural enclosure, you can always use fake plants and vines just with the natural bedding. Another option is to use live plants, just leave them potted.

Although, the natural enclosures look so much nicer, they are a pain to clean.

Gargoyle Gecko Tub (Similar to my crested gecko enclosure with torn egg cartons placed randomly)
Gargoyle Gecko Tub (Similar to my crested gecko enclosure with torn egg cartons placed randomly)
Juvie Kritter Keeper (sorry for the poo)
Juvie Kritter Keeper (sorry for the poo)
an older setup with a more flat design.
an older setup with a more flat design.

Simplistic Crested Gecko Cage

Being just what it is a simplistic enclosure does not include substrate, plants, vines, or pretty much anything else. A simple crested gecko enclosure is truly pretty simple.

This is how I set up my enclosures, and you can go with it from here if you have any other ideas. I prefer using clear tubs, but you can still use glass aquariums with the simple set up.

You can use paper towels as a substrate, but I actually don't use paper towels or any substrate other than the bare tub floor. I find that it is easier to clean without the paper towels on the ground, and my geckos tend to find a way to mess up the enclosure with the paper towels.

For the d├ęcor, I prefer egg cartons and cardboard cup holders that you get from McDonald's. I find that the babies and juvies like the egg cartons, but not all adults care for them. The cardboard cup holders work great for older crested geckos to climb in and around, as well as curl up in.

For the larger kritter keepers and tubs, I will add fake plants, so that the crested gecko has more to hide in and play around. I have found that the small, suction plants work great for kritter keepers that are size medium and up. I use the medium and large suction plants for larger tubs. Sometimes I will mix up different sizes and different types in my larger enclosures. (For example, in my gargoyle gecko enclosure, I have at least 3 or 4 different types of fake plants.)

In larger tubs, you may want to include vines as well to give the gecko something to walk on. Although, I have never used them, I do like the look of them.

I typically add a humid hide made from a Glad tupperware container with a hole in the top, filled with Bed-A-Beast for the females to dig around in and to add extra humidity to the enclosure.

With the simple crested gecko cages, you can do a lot with them, and they are so easy to clean. Just dump and replace. There isn't much scrubbing involved except the walls of the enclosure.

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      Cassie 5 years ago

      I love this posting, it is very concise for being so short!

      My question is this... What is the expanded clay aggregate and is there a product that is widely sold so that I can find it? I'm getting my gecko tomorrow and need it NOW, lol.

      Thanks!

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      sam+lava(crestie) 5 years ago

      how many weeks/days do you have to wait before handling crestie

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      Whitney 5 years ago from Georgia

      Some reptiles actually do much better in simplistic enclosures. I've used super simple enclosures for leopard geckos and then given them more elaborate enclosures, and some will thrive better in one whereas other thrive better in the other. I've done the same for crested geckos, and I've found that mine have always faired better in simple enclosures versus more elaborate ones.

      I keep simplistic based on the ease of cleaning and care. It's so much simpler to ensure health of the animal based off of fecal appearance and whatnot.

      It all boils down to how well the animal fairs. If the animal fairs better in a simple enclosure, than that is what is best for that animal, otherwise try something else.

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      emilylh 5 years ago

      I feel the simple enclosure that you talk about is very cruel and selfish. i know a lot of breeders use these and its only for money profit.

      If you cared about your reptile and its well-being, in fact any animal, you would try to accomidate it the best way.

      Any Human can live in a closet given food and water, but would they be happy and i doubt they would live for very long.

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      gecko-lover-2003 5 years ago

      i might get a crested gecko but what im really conserned about is were to get it from theres lots of places but i don't know id go to petsmart but they have high prices id go to petco but their pets arent healthy eh right now im looking at breeders i found this really cool one its only 45 dollars my grampa it going to give me money for christmas 35 dollars i only have 5 right now i could probly get a 5 in time

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      Gecko1 5 years ago

      It is OK that he is resting on the bottom of his cage. He probily is bored or just is sleeping. If he is not sleeping, than he is resting

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      Kimberly 5 years ago

      sorry about my misspelled words, typing from a phone. what i meant was do they always stay in the branches or is something wrong if they are walking around the bottom of their habitat? please help.

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      Kimberly 5 years ago

      HI! I just bought my first crested gecko. Ive had him about a week, hes almost 3 months old. i went to the aquatic pet land in my area, and the sales associate told me that if my gecko is waling on the bottom of the habitat, hes unhealthy. he still climbs, he sits on his egg carton piece i put on there, he;s very energetic so i assume hes fine. os it bad that he chills on the bottom too?

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      Gecko1 5 years ago

      I would recommend keeping him off crickets for a week. Then, fill a bottle cap with rephasy superfood. Next put your gecko and the food mix into a contanor with brething holes. You can easily tell if he is eating. If he is, he just does not like crickets. You should not feed him Baby food. Just Rephasy. He would be OK on only Rephasy, but start small with the crickets. One week, put him in a tupperware contaner with air holes and feed him one cricket. The next week, do the same, only with 2 crickets. Once he stops eating them, then try feeding him last weeks number. IE week3 he does not eat all three. Try going back to only 2 crickts, lioke last week. Hope this helps, Sammi

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      jordan 5 years ago

      My friend gave ne a 3 month old with a ten gallon tank, a stick in it. And 2 jars of food. What do I need to add to make him healthy

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      Gecko1 5 years ago

      I was at Petco and found some great vines. He loves to climb on them! My geckos name is The Lizard Of Menlo Park!

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      Sammi 6 years ago

      I have had a crestie for almost 3 weeks now. He seems perfectly healthy and happy but he doesn't seem to like eating crickets.

      When I first got him he straight away jumped on them and gobbled them right up but he seems to be eating less and less of them. I've even had to start taking him out of his vivarium and putting him in a smaller container with breathing holes in so that I can monitor how much he is eating and to make sure that any crickets left over can be removed.

      I made up a mixture of organic baby food (so there are no added sugars or anything), banana and crested gecko diet which he seems to love.

      Is he going to be fine on just that mixture? And would you recommend me not giving him any crickets for a week or so to see if he will eat them after hes been without them for a while?

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      braden918 6 years ago

      i am getting a crested gecko very soon and i am wondering how long i have to wait before i can take it out of its habitat to play with???

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      Justin 6 years ago

      I just finished reading every comment and your post and i have learned a lot but i still got a few questions as i am getting a crested gecko in a few days. My uncle has given me a 20 gallon tank for now just i case i don't get one before i get him , will that be okay? I was looking at the tanks and would the exo-terra Natural Terrarium Mini/Tall tank be good , the dimensions are 30x30x45 cm/12” x 12” x 18” for there life or should i upgrade to a bigger one later on. so as to setting up the cage, and maintaining it changing the paper towel and spraying the cage evryday would be smart, is there anything else i should be doing regularly besides a whole main clean up? and the tanks from exo-terra come with lights , will this be a problem considering it can provide heat when it is turned on , and would it be a problem if i turned on the light for a bit? and is he okay in the dark, at night, i don't need to have a little loght for him or anything incase. any more tips or pointer will be very useful since this is gonna be my first reptile

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      Renee 6 years ago

      About a week after I brought him home, my gecko passed away. I was so upset I didn't want to talk about it yet and today I felt a little better. when I found him he was alive but he was lying in the middle of the tank. his skin was very pale, his breathing was very shallow and about every 5 minutes he would open his mouth wide then snap it shut. after about 20 minutes of this he flipped on his back and struggled to get to his feet. i flipped him with a Q-tip and he just sat. the next moring he was in the same position that i left him, not breathing.Would you happen to know what might have caused his death?

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      Renee 6 years ago

      Thanks!I used a moist Q-Tip and easily got the shed off is head, and by spraying the tank the shed came off his toes by its self. I'm just going to wait to get it off his tail. Thanks for all your help, Renee.

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Leave him alone for a few days. A few days won't be too devastating. Just make sure to spray the enclosure.

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      Renee 6 years ago

      My wish has come true! I now have my little baby gecko. He has been somewhat active and seems healthy but, there is stuck shed on him which I was a little upset with. I'd like him to adapt to his environment first but I don't want this to cause further problems by letting the skin stay stuck to his toes! Should I wiat a few days, or get it off now? And how would I go about doing that safely? Hope to hear from you very soon, Renee

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      Renee 6 years ago

      I was thinking about Laurel for a girl and Charlie for a boy. And hopefully i'll get him/her today instead of tomorrow. Thanks for all your help! Wish me luck!

      Renee

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      It's hard to suggest specific names. Think of your favorite movies, books, etc and maybe you can come up with something from characters you may like

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      Renee 6 years ago

      Now that I have had all my questions answered by the Crested Gecko Queen, I need a name for my unsexed red flame. Ideas? Please list boy and girl names. Thanks!!

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      Renee 6 years ago

      Thanks so much! It wasn't very logical of me to ask about handfeeding. A friend of mine keeps plenty of gargoyle geckos and she took to handfeeding when they were very young and now she spends over an hour everyday feeding them! Anyway, thank you for answering all of my questions you've been putting up with me for the longest time and I thank you so much!

      Renee

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      A smaller enclosure is better for a baby. Use paper towels as substrate and plenty of fake plants and vines to climb on. The 5.5 will last several months before needing to upgrade. If you go too big, the gecko may have trouble finding food and it may hurt itself if there aren't enough levels.

      I do not recommend hand feeding, as you may end up hand feeding for 10+ years, which can get quite time consuming. Leave the gecko alone for a few days to acclimate before attempting to handle.

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      Renee 6 years ago

      Whitney05,

      Its me again! Thursday July 28,I am bringing home a baby (approx. 6 weeks old) crested gecko. I was planning on an adult but clearly that didn't happen. Anyways, I set up a large elaborate adult enclousure which I don't want to use for such a small gecko, so I need these questions answered.

      - For the first few weeks can I use a 5.5 gallon tank lined in paper towels?

      - What else should I put in this "quarintine" enclousure?

      - Should I ever hand feed to get a bond going?

      I hope I will hear from you before Thursday. Thanks for everything, Renee

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      Baseballkid 6 years ago

      Thanks whitney05

      My cage is th 18 by 18 by 24 Exo Terra tropical habitat kit

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Is the enclosure made of plastic? Plastic will discolor with age, no matter what the use.

      Throw any bedding in the yard, in a corner, or a compost pile. Only if you are using a natural substrate. Paper towels can go in the trash.

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      Baseballkid 6 years ago

      How do you clean a crested gecko cage? I have done a lot of research but it is kinda of foggy what to do with the substrate. PLEASE HELP!!!!

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      Renee 6 years ago

      It is me again, I just want to say thanks for keeping up with this page, as I'd be lost without you!

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      Renee 6 years ago

      Thank you very much Whitney!! You have cleared up my questions, and now i am really looking forward to having my new crestie. And one more thing, if a bottle cap used as a food dish comes from a juice bottle and is sticky and sugary, is there any special way you recommened cleaning them, or can I just use hot water and dish soap?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      I still post when needed.

      1. I do not recommend a source of heat. They are best kept at room temps.

      2. Yes. moist paper towels is fine within the hide.

      3. Crested geckos of all ages can be housed with paper towels.

      4. These are fine beginners. They are simple to care for, and they are hardy with proper care.

      5. Depending on the child, will depend on the gecko and the child being ok together. Always supervise handling with children. These geckos can be jumpy, especially when younger, but they do tame to regular handling.

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      Renee 6 years ago

      I am most likley getting a crestie soon. I do believe that I am too late on this hub, since Whitney05 has stopped posting, but if anyone knows what they're talking about please answer the following.

      - Is it recomended to have a source of heat for these lizards?

      -Can a crestie (hatchling to 4 month old) live in a 5.5 gallon?

      - Can the plastic container used as a hide also have paper towels as bedding?

      -Can adults also have paper towel bedding?

      And Finally,

      Are these good begginer lizards?

      I have had leos before and didn't find them to my liking.My family and I took the pair to a boys home, who was thrilled to have them!

      Can they be adapted to small children?

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      shelley 6 years ago

      Hi, I'm getting a crested gecko soon, just bought a eko terra tank today. The tank is 18"x18" surface and 24" high, after reading some comments I see I will need a smaller house 'till it gets bigger. How big should my gecko be before I put it in this big tank? Also, what I am really wondering about is that the person I bought the tank from was housing a taranchula in this enclosure for about 3 mths. Is it safe to use the same accessories and stuff? some of it can't be washed in water (fake climbing branches) because it's made of cardboard. Is it safe?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Make sure to spray the enclosure very well before you leave. Do not leave the enclosure in direct or indirect sunlight where it can get dried out. Spray upon arriving home.

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      Frogf 6 years ago

      Is it okay to leave my crestie without being sprayed for a couple of days whilst i go away this weekend or should i get somebody to look after him?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Depending on the age and size of the gecko, I wouldn't recommend a substrate other than paper towels. For younger/smaller geckos, that is most ideal. If you have an older gecko, I'd recommend paper towels until you can ensure that the gecko is eating and pooping fine.

      Spot clean the subrate daily/weekly removing feces. Completely change the substrate monthly.

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      finlay27 6 years ago

      i have just got a crestie and i don't know when to change the substrate plz help!

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      REMOVE the sand. Replace with paper towels, and that should help. NEVER use sand with these geckos, or with most geckos found at a pet store, as it can cause impaction concerns if not housed 125% properly. Plus with rhacs that require more humidity, the sand can dry them out.

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      kimmy 6 years ago

      i have a crested geico and i put sand suggested from a pet store in his aquriam and now he cant stick to the glass what do i do to fix his little feet i think i ruined his sticky feet soo upset

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      I do not recommend hand feeding. Use a small bottle cap to monitor eating; more than likely the gecko is eating, but not enough for you to see a difference.

      Unless you're watching the gecko all night long, it is possible that the gecko moves around and goes back to sleep in that spot.

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      mercury 6 years ago

      is it normal for a crested juvenile (about 4 months old) to sit in one spot all night, though they are nocturnal? i put him in a 5.5 gal with lots of small plant decor, a food dish, and a hiding log under a blue night bulb. maybe he is cold tonight the temp dropped to 65 i think i need a higher watt bulb. im hand feeding because hes too stressed to eat. should i wait 2 or three days to let him settle?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      It depends on the size of the baby. I use small, medium, and large kritter keepers for young and juvenile crested geckos.

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      guy1 6 years ago

      how big should a baby geckos tank be

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      It is very important for the tank to be taller than wider. These geckos like to climb. They are arboreal. A 60 gallon will be way too big for an adult. 1.5 feet tall is fine, but the overall size of that tank is TOO BIG

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      Arnie 6 years ago

      Hey, Really like the info you've provided. I'm just wondering the need for tall vs long in the size of the aquarium. How important is it to be taller than wider? Is it ok if the tank is about 1.5 to 2 ft tall, but wider?

      Also can I use a 60gal tank for an adult ?

      Thanks!

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      You'll want to spray twice a day, and that should be sufficient at keeping up the humidity. You can also try covering part of the enclosure with plastic wrap to hold in some of the humidity, but watch out for too much buildup, as mold can grow. I like to let my enclosures dry out in-between sprays.

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      jay 6 years ago

      hi . just got myself a crestie and i am having trouble keeping up humidity levels. i have a 1ft x 1ft x 2ft viv. bendy branch and fake vine and flowers. also using kitchen wipes in bottom........ would a tub or hide improve this???

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      I couldn't tell you, as I always have all appropriate equipment before getting a new pet. Even with my first cresteds, I did not get them until I had all proper care requirements, which included proper food.

      In regards to number, feed what the gecko will eat within 10-15 minutes. There's no number that will be the same for every gecko. I have never counted what I give mine, as I have too many and time isn't endless; I usually just throw in what I know they will eat.

      A few less is better than a few too many. You want to remove uneaten after about 15 minutes, as crickets can do damage to a reptile.

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      Guest 6 years ago

      You say you offer babies crickets just twice a week but I'm guessing that's with the CGD and as I said in a previous comment, I currently have none. Do you have any idea how often I should give him crickets with out the CGD (just until the shipment gets here) and how many crickets to feed when I do?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      I offer babies crickets just twice a week. CGD is the main diet. I only offer what they will eat within 10 minutes or so.

      You can offer the calcium, but there's no reason to do so, as long as you dust crickets. The CGD is ideal nutrition formulated for all vitamins needed. The calcium on the crickets is for extra calcium to prevent MBD and deficiencies. You don't really need anything more.

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      Guest 6 years ago

      Also, is it good to have a small dish of calcium in the enclosure with him?

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      Guest 6 years ago

      Thank you for the fast response. I have CGD shipping in now but I only have crickets for him until then, how often and how many crickets should I be feeding him?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      The gecko is still adapting to the new house. Leave it along for now. If the gecko is ill, it could be parasites, which is a high probability with a pet store reptile or just about any animal purchased from a pet store.

      It sounds like you have appropriate decor. Just make sure that there's something at every level, as sometimes younger geckos don't have their balance and can fall from the top and injure themselves on the bottom.

      The large kritter keeper will last for a few months before you'll need to upgrade.

      At 3 inches, the gecko could actually be anywhere from 6-9 months old or older. These guys are really slow growers, and tend to grow even slower with improper care given by most pet stores and wholesalers that pet stores buy from.

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      Guest 6 years ago

      Yesterday I purchased my first crested gecko, he is still young (about 3 inches snout to vent) and he hasn't climbed at all yet. He is currently in a large Critter Carrier type enclosure with a bend-a-branch and some fake plants. Could he be staying on the floor of the enclosure because I have it set up wrong?

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      Pet stores aren't the best place to purchase a pet. It may be hard to believe but most pet store employees have NO clue what they're talking about, and so many pets for sale at pet stores carry parasites and diseases. It is best to purchase from a reputable breeder who has taken time in the health and care of the animals.

      Tips for choosing a crested gecko: https://hubpages.com/animals/Choose-a-Crested-Geck

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      nick 6 years ago

      hey im getting a crested gecko on saturday wut is something i should look for when im in the store?

      thanks =D

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      Whitney 6 years ago from Georgia

      The hatchrite isn't a good laying medium. It dries out easily, and the only way to hatch the eggs is to have the hatchrite in a sealed container without any holes. If it dries out it becomes nothing more than perlite.

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      crestielovernlongtimefriend 6 years ago

      I have a pair of breeding adult cresties who are the coolest lizards. I have a lot of fake vines, a potted plant, a glad Tupperware lay box with half hatchrite( similar to vermiculite) and half peat moss, and other various things to climb on. A very simple enclosure is ok when you need a setup that is easily cleaned. I personally love having to search my 25 gallon tall Aquarium to find Kris and Kaylen. I also have 9 juvies that all love to be in the top of their enclosure sitting on a leaf waiting for a cricket to catch their eye or a drink from my fogger. Kris ( male adult cream Harlequin Dalmatian) loves to chill in a hollow bamboo tube and drink water off leaves dripping in front of him. I love these geckos and watching them in a habitat similar to their home is so much more rewarding than watching them depressed on the bottom of a tank or in an egg crate.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      I have a few select breeders that I have purchased from. I do proper research before buying online, as there are so many bad breeders and wholesalers, that it's easy to come across a sick reptile.

      At this point, I'm not really purcahsing any more. Just breeding what I have and reducing my numbers. I have several available right now, ranging from hatchlings to juveniles to a few adults.

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      hurtonfam 7 years ago

      Would you please tell me where you get your crested geckoss from? We recently purchased a chameleon online and unfortunately it was not healthy. I don't want to make the same mistake again.

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      jnelson 7 years ago

      thanks, i was thinking about getting and now im pretty sure im going to get one now

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      Lately, I've been using a mix of egg cartons and card board cup holders (like those you would get at a fast food place). You can buy them online in bulk. To me, they work better for adults, as they can fit better in the cups than in the egg carton divets. Generally I place them so that there is place for the gecko to climb around and hide up in the egg carton/cup holder, but most often I find my adults on the ground, in the lay box, and sometimes hiding throughout the cardboard decor.

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      Kevin 7 years ago

      With the simplistic cage with the egg cartons, do you just randomly put them in there? or do you just set it up? When it comes to my reptiles i like to be very precise, and i want the best for them and i want them to be in a comfortable enclosure. EVen tho its simple.

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      Whitney 7 years ago from Georgia

      I have substrate information above.

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      purplebasketball 7 years ago

      What is some of the stuff you put at the bottom of the enclosure?? can you list them for me?

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      jez 8 years ago

      i hand feed my baby, so i know he's eating okay. thats another way of doing it. i dont know if all geckos will do this but mine happily sits on my hand and eats. then i put a bowl in so he can have some more if he wants.

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      He may have eaten some, but it may not have been enough to show a difference. When they're young, they don't eat much, it'll take a few months for you to see change in the food bowl, longer if you're using a bigger bowl. I recommend bottle caps for babies, and filling only half way when young, putting more in as you notice it's eating it all.

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      naomi  8 years ago

      ok thanks 4 for that. he is very tiny we put food out last night and he hasent touched it but he did come out and play when it got dark. but in the day he hides under the fake plants he has in with him. if i have anymore questions i know were to come :o)

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      At one month old, it is probably very tiny. You'll want to make sure that the gecko is eating and has settled in. Typically it takes up to 7 days to settle in sometimes more. I would suggest minimal handling until the gecko is bigger. Typically one month old cresteds are about 2 inches long and weigh 2 grams or less. I'd suggest waiting until the gecko is at least 4-6 months and closer to 5 grams or larger. The reason size is important is because the smaller the gecko, the more risk to harming it.

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      naomi  8 years ago

      iv just got a crested gecko its about one month old. when do you think it would be possible to handle it? i brought it today and its my first shot at keeping a reptile. hope you can get back to me. :o)

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      6-12 months. They will generally reach full length before they reach full weight.

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      bleh 8 years ago

      how long does it take a crested gecko to grow to its full size?

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      That is going to be extremely too tall for one crested gecko. the width is fine, but 3 meters is near 10 feet tall.

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      alex 8 years ago

      hey i am going to build a gecko cage myself it is pretty big it is about 3 meters tall and 40 cm wide is that to big for one geco

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      You could use a large or extra large kritter keeper for a while, but you will NEED to purchasea 20 gallon tall tank as the juvie ages.

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      inuit_jay 8 years ago

      Wow nice descriptions. So would I be fine with a critter cage for a juvenile 4 months old? Everyone is insisting on me buying a 10 gallon tank and I know that is what would do for my leos, but this is my first crestie. And I think the set up is similar to Marble gecko and flying gecko is that right? Thx for posting!!

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      SuperStar 8 8 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      Weird. I thought I sent one. O.K then. Iv`e wanted a geco for a long time now. :)

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      I haven't seen any previous comments. If it had a link to it, then the comment was denied, but I don't believe I've had any recent comments on this hub.

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      SuperStar 8 8 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      I posted a comment on here, why isn`t it here?

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I think you would make a great vet Whitney. I know this is not your choosen career path, but you just seem like someone that would do really good working with animals. Thanks for the interesting hub.

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      Whitney 8 years ago from Georgia

      Oh Ryan, if you only knew... lol... I have a few hubs about my reptiles out there. It's a very expensive hobby by far.

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      Ryan Hupfer 8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Interesting Hub...I never really thought about getting a reptile...sounds like you really like having one.

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      Whitney 9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Patty! These guys are my favorite, and I plan on setting up a true natrual enclosure with one of my favorite geckos. The poor guy has 3 legs so he'll be with me always and forever.

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      Happy 1 9 years ago from Hawaii

      i had 5 geckos at one point, they all got old & went to heaven eventually.They were green 'Anoli' actually, i do miss them..gental creatures.

      thanks for sharing !

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from North America

      Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Wonderful pictorial layout and good content.