Crested geckos originated from New Caledonia which is an island off the coast of Australia. They were considered to be extinct until 1994, when they were “rediscovered.” They becoming a hit after being taken as pets and has risen steadily since then. The reason why is that they are a low-maintenance pet that’s ideal for kids or first-time lizard owners with little time to devote to everyday care.
For an adult, a 20-gallon tall terrarium is appropriate, but a larger tank is preferable. Since crested geckos are arboreal, active, and need a lot of vertical space to ascend, a tall tank is recommended. In a tall 29-gallon terrarium, two or three crested geckos can be held. Since males are territorial, only one male can be kept per tank. Provide a range of heights and orientations of trees, driftwood, cork bark, bamboo, and vines for crested geckos to ascend. Add a number of silk or durable live plants, such as pothos, philodendron, dracaena, or ficus, to give them somewhere to hide.
As you may know reptiles are cold-blooded animals, hence they need to regulate their body temperature to live. For crested geckos, a temperature range of 72 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to 26.5 degrees Celsius) is a must during the day while 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 C to 24 C) at night. Temperature gauges should be used to ensure the cage does not overheat. At higher temperatures, crested geckos get nervous.
To do this, you need to have a red nighttime blub to make a heat source and also to allow you monitor the gecko at night.
Since crested geckos are nocturnal, they do not require UVB illumination. However, some scientists believe that a moderate degree of UVB illumination around 5% is helpful to reptile wellbeing. Any additional illumination will increase the enclosure’s temperature, so keep an eye on it. Often, have a gecko hideaway so that geckos can escape the sun if they so choose.
Crested geckos need 60% humidity during the day and 80% at night. Invest in a hygrometer (humidity gauge) to keep track of humidity levels on a regular basis. Mist with soft, filtered water on a daily basis to add humidity. You will need to spray your cage a couple times a day to keep the humidity up, depending on your system.
Consider pet wellbeing, ease of washing, and whether the substrate helps to maintain humidity while choosing a substrate for a gecko. Coconut fibred bedding, moss, or peat are good substrates for crested geckos. You may still use newspaper or paper towels, but they won’t look as good. Put your gecko into another tank when feeding because Crested geckos are known to ingest substrate while hunting.
Crested geckos are available in a variety of colors and patterns (morphs). The fringed crest that starts over their eyes and runs down their necks and backs gives them their name, though the size of the crest varies. Crested geckos have unique toe pads that allow them to move easily across vertical surfaces, and their prehensile tails adds to their agility.
Crested geckos are normally calm and docile, but they can be skittish and need to be handled with caution. Handling is normally unpleasant for them, but stop it if at all practicable. They can attempt to leap away from you, injuring themselves in the process. If treated roughly or in an effort to flee, crested geckos can lose their tails; unlike most geckos, they do not recover their tails.
There are a few things you should look out for when taking a gecko as pet. Such as:
- Mouth rot or stomatitis: Signs include excess mucus and redness around the mouth
- Respiratory infection: Symptoms are wheezing or drooling
- Skin issues: A rash, symptomatic of a parasitic infection; uneven or difficulty shedding which may be caused by inadequate enclosure humidity
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