Crested Gecko Care Sheet

Crested Geckos are an arboreal (tree dwelling) species of gecko that originate in the South Pacific on a small island called New Caledonia.  

Housing:

-Vertically taller enclosures are ideal for the crested gecko since they do live in trees, decorating with plants and vines will make them feel more at home.

-Juveniles can live in a smaller enclosure until they reach their adult size (35 grams and up) at that point an enclosure of 12x12x18 would be suitable for an adult.  Keeping multiple adult geckos would be more ideal in a larger enclosure of 18x18x24.  It is not recommended keeping two males in the same enclosure.

Temperature and Humidity:

-Crested Geckos do not require any special heat lamps or UV lights, they are comfortable at room temperatures of most average homes-between 70-80 degrees.

-Daily spraying with de-chlorinated water is sufficient to maintain proper humidity for crested geckos.  Spray both the walls of the enclosure and plants-they will drink from these areas.

Diet:

-There are several brands of complete Crested Gecko powdered food available on the market.  Ensure that is does say complete diet to meet their nutritional needs.  The powder should be mixed with water until a ketchup consistency and needs to be fed 2-3 times a week.  Extra food mixed up can be kept in the fridge, follow recommendations on the package.

-Although not required with using a Complete Crested Gecko Diet Food, they do enjoy live insects.  Dubia Roaches and Crickets are the most common type of feeder insects, just ensure that the length of the insect is no larger than the width of the head of the gecko.

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Handling:

-Allow for Crested Gecko to acclimate to their new homes, it is common for especially a juvenile to be more flighty and jumpy.

-Tail loss is common and not harmful to the gecko, it is a defense mechanism against predators.  The tail does not regrow but will not affect the gecko either.