Crested gecko care sheet

Quick facts:

  • Size – males and females reach a length of approximately 4 to 5 inches, from snout to vent. Including the tail, they can range between 8 to 9 inches.
  • Lifespan – with good care, your crestie may live for 20 years, give or take.
  • Personality – crested geckos are generally calm in demeanor. They can be a bit flighty when they’re young, but with proper handling an adult can become a very docile pet.
  • Cage size – as usual, bigger is better. The minimum enclosure size for a full-grown crested gecko should be a twenty gallon tall tank. Three adults can be comfortably housed in 30 gallon tank, but you want to ensure that they are all female (males can be extremely aggressive toward each other, especially when there are females nearby).

Diet:
Cresties are very easy to feed and can lively largely on commercial crested gecko diets. Repashy is a great brand to choose and can be found easily on Amazon. Pangea is another great brand, but I’ve had some trouble getting mine to adjust to certain flavors offered by the company. You might end up having to buy multiple flavors to satisfy the preferences of your gecko.

To ensure that your crestie is getting all of the nutrients it needs for growth and health, you may choose to offer snacks consisting of insects multiple times per week. For example, I offer mine crickets and dubia roaches twice a week. As a rarer treat, you may choose to offer waxworms or mealworms but you should be careful with these insects as they can cause impaction problems.

In a pinch, you can give them fruit baby food but I would generally advise against this as a frequent diet because of the guesswork involved in adding proper amounts of vitamins and calcium.

Be sure to provide a bowl of standing water for your gecko just in case he/she takes to it. It is very important to mist the enclosure daily, however, as geckos will usually recognize the water droplets as a source of hydration before the water bowl.

Temperature/humidity:
Being nocturnal by nature, there is no need for a UVB light.

Heating should be between a moderate 75° and 85°. A temperature drop during the night into the low 60’s is permissible but you’ll need to provide an alternate source of heat during winter freezes.

Humidity is important for these geckos as they come from tropical areas. An ideal humidity would be about 60-70%. In drier climates, multiple mistings per day may be required.

Additional notes:
It is quite normal for a crested gecko to lose it’s tail, but unfortunately, the tail will not grow back. For this reason, you’ll want to avoid touching or pulling on the tail. If an accident occurs and your crestie loses his tail, however, do not panic as this is perfectly natural.

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