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Table of Contents
- Crested Gecko Care Guide – Everything You Need to Know
- Crested Gecko Feeding Requirements
- Crested Gecko Enclosure Guide
- 5 Extremely Easy Ways to Sex Your Crested Gecko
- 3 Most Common Questions for New Crested Gecko Owner’s
- Crested Gecko Shedding FAQ’s: 5 Tips and Tricks to Help Prevent and Treat Stuck Shed
If you’re like me, you cannot wait to find out if your new crested gecko is a boy or a girl! (Or if you’re REALLY like me… you really just want to know if your crested gecko is a boy or a girl so you know if you can name him Ganon and complete your Triforce of animals. *Breathe*) Ahem. Well, then you’re in luck because today I am going to tell you about 5 extremely easy ways to sex your new crested gecko!
1. By Eyesight – Depending on the age
Depending on how old your crested gecko is, you may be able to tell the gender just by looking at it! Newly hatched crested geckos typically weigh around 1-2 grams and you can sex your crested gecko usually around 8 – 16 grams (roughly 6 months of age). Naturally, the older your crested gecko is, the easier it is going to be to determine if it’s a boy or a girl. If your gecko is less than 10 grams, it might be best just to wait until it gets older to determine the gender.
Male crested geckos will have a long line of “pores” above their vent between their back two legs. Pores can be identified as little dark dots in the center of the scales and can appear shiny. It’s not uncommon for females to have some of these pores as well, but male crested geckos will have a lot more and it will stretch across their stomach from one leg to the next.
Two Common Misconceptions
Some people say you can tell the sex of your crested gecko based on the prominent appearance of “spurs”, which are the two white little pointy things attached to the bulge below their vent. This is a common misconception because every crested gecko is built differently and some females have larger than normal spurs, so using the appearance of spurs alone is not an accurate method.
The size of the bulge. Another common misconception. While this is generally true, it usually only applies to older crested geckos that have reached sexual maturity (1-2 years old). It can be difficult to tell the sex of your gecko if it is very young based on just looking at the size of the bulge. If this is the case for you, keep reading ’cause I still have a solution!
2. Ask the Breeder or Store
If you got your new crested gecko from a private breeder, they should be able to provide you with the hatching date if the gecko wasn’t sexed prior to you receiving it. Based on the hatching date, you can choose the best approach to take on how to determine the sex of your crested gecko.
Sometimes the pet store already knows the age/hatching date or sex of a reptile when they receive them. If you got your new crested gecko from a pet store and they are unsure of the exact gender or age, you can ask when they received it and make a rough guess on their age from that information as well as their current weight.
Which is exactly what I did with our crested gecko, Ganon. The place where I got him was unsure of his age or sex at the time but I asked when they received him and that information in combination with his weight at the time (8 grams), I was able to guesstimate that he was approximately 5-6 months old. I then used my next step: a jeweler’s loupe!
3. Use a Jewelers Loupe
I know it sounds funny but a jewelers loupe actually works. If you don’t just have one laying around, you can find some very inexpensive ones on Amazon* that are at least 10x magnification.
Some people have had luck just using a magnifying glass or the zoom feature on a really good camera but that wasn’t the case with me. Using a jewelers loupe that I got on Amazon*, I was able to see very clearly that Ganon was, in fact, a boy! And the best part is, I didn’t even have to take him out of his tank to do it. I just placed the jeweler’s loupe on the glass where he was clinging and was able to see perfectly.
4. Ask your Exotic Vet
Another great option is by asking your Exotic Vet! You should always take any new animal to an experienced veterinarian and while you’re there, they can go ahead and take a gander and see if your new baby is a boy or
5. Ask me!
I am not an expert by any means but if you want a friendly opinion, I am more than happy to help! Just shoot me a comment down below!
Another option is to ask a friend or relative that has experience with crested gecko’s or you can even look online and find a good crested gecko forum and post your question there.
And there you have it! You should now be able to finally sex your crested gecko! Let me know down in the comments below if your new crested gecko is a boy or a girl and what you named it =)
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