Crested Gecko Caresheet

 

Background Information
Crested Geckos are medium sized geckos residing from New Caledonia, a collection of islands found east of Australia. Getting their name from the crests that run from their heads to the tail. These geckos spend the majority of their time up in the trees, hiding in foliage and crevices, very rarely found near the ground as they would become vulnerable to predators. They have a prehensile tail that should a predator attack they drop as a self defense while they make their escape. However crested geckos do NOT re - grow their tails and are left with a stump at the end. These 6 inch geckos have very soft skin and webbed feet to help them climb and grip when jumping from tree to tree. As well as eating insects they thrive on soft fruit and nectar making this species omnivorious. They use their long tongues to reach for fallen rotten or low hanging fruit from the trees.

Level of Experience

Beginner

Habitat

Tropical Rainforest

Life Span

15 years on average

Active Time of Day

Nocturnal

Natural Prey

Insects and fruit

Terrestrial / Semi Arboreal / Arboreal / Aquatic / Fossorial

Semi - Arboreal

Reproduction

Mate: Spring
Lay: Summer

Clutch Size

2 Eggs every 6 - 9 weeks for 8 months of the year.

Breeding Weights / Length / Age

Males: 30g+ / 6 inch / 1 year of age
Females: 35g+ / 6 inch / 2 years of age

Brumation Time

2 months

Brumation Temperature

16 – 18 ‘C

Incubation Time

60 - 90 days

Incubation Temperature

24 - 26 'C

Crested Geckos are polymorphic meaning that each crestie has its own colour and patterning which is determind randomly by the enviroment making a wildtype non existence in this species


Captive Requirements and Welfare
Crested Geckos are one of the best starting geckos, come in a variety of colours and patterns, the majority don't mind handling and although cresties jump they do not spring great distances. They need tall vivariums that can hold humidity, therefore a glass enclosure is the best choice. Spray 1 - 2x a day to keep the humidity at the required level. Lots of branches and plant matter are needed for cresties to make them feel secure and camoflaged. It is very difficult to tell the sex of a crestie until they start to mature at 6 - 12 months of age. Once they reached this age sexing is obvious. An equivalent commercial diet called Repashy Diet has be designed to give all the nutrients cresties need from a fruit diet. This comes as a powder which you mix with water into a ketchup consistency paste.

Vivarium size

20x20x30cm for hatchling
1.5ft x 1.5ft x 2ft for adult

Daytime Temperature (cool – warm)

20 – 26 ‘C

Night-time Temperature

16 – 22 ‘C

Heating / Lighting Equipment (on timers)

Spot bulb during day, room temperature at night

Lighting - Arcadia Arc Pod or 6% UVB Flourscent tubes

Substrate

Most Natural: Repti Bark + Eco Earth
Alternatives: Not Advised

Hides

Plenty of foliage and branches this is how cresties would live and hide in the wild

Decor

Lots of branches and fake plants allow the opportunity to climb and hide to feel secure

Water

Spray 1 - 2x a day since cresties will only drink from water that falls off the leaves

Food (Feeding)

Crickets or hoppers are best as cresties like to ambush prey. Fruit wise can either give RD or chop small pieces of banana, peach or apricot or mango.

Cleaning

Spot pick weekly, full clean monthly