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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
Crested Geckos are an arboreal species, meaning they primarily dwell in tree canopies. They are also nocturnal so they primarily only come out at night to hunt. Tall enclosures with lots of branches and foliage are the best types for this species to climb around in and hide. This is essential because they can get stressed if they feel too exposed.
An 18 x 18 x 24 enclosure is typically the best size for an adult Crested Gecko. Exo Terra makes a good one that you can buy here on Amazon*.
If you are an experienced reptile keeper with good husbandry skills, you can create a bioactive terrarium with live plants. Just make sure to check to see if the plants you are planning on using are toxic to your reptile. I personally recommend The Bio Dude* (If you buy your supplies through this link, you will get a $10 off coupon from me!) or New England Herpetoculture.
Baby geckos should generally be housed in smaller enclosures to make sure they can locate their food. You can increase their enclosure size as they get bigger. If you are bringing a brand new Crested Gecko home, please first read my post on the 3 Most Common Questions for New Crested Gecko Owners.
You should never house multiple adult crested geckos in the same enclosure unless you are an experienced breeder. Even then, a lot of people don’t permanently house their females with their males 100% of the time as this can cause a lot of stress on the females. Babies/hatchlings are typically okay to be housed together as long as there is sufficient space. NEVER house two adult males together as they can try to kill each other.
Lighting and Temperature
Because Crested Gecko’s are nocturnal, they do not require a UVB light as long as their food source contains D3, however providing a small amount of UVB lighting can still be valuable to their health. For more information on feeding your crested gecko, see my Feeding Requirements post.
What We Use
- The Temperature Gun that we use
is:Etekcity Lasergrip 774 Non-contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun.* It is very accurate and easy to use.
- The Thermometer/Hygrometer that we use: Exo Terra Digital Combination Thermometer-Hygrometer.* I like this Thermometer/Hygrometer from Exo Terra because it is a combo and only has one probe for both the temperature and humidity. I don’t like having to deal with a bunch of cords in my reptiles enclosures.
For an inexpensive option, you can also use Zoo Med Labs Digital Thermometer Humidity Gauge*. However, it does have two separate probes for the temperature and humidity.
You should spray your
If you live in a dry climate you can do some light misting in the morning so it doesn’t get too dry for your gecko.
Okay, so I am going to talk about a very controversial topic in the reptile community. Substrate. First, just let me start off by saying this is my own personal opinion. You should always do your own research and talk to your Exotic Vet when making decisions about your animals.
I use a Fir & Sphagnum Peat Moss Mix for my
The reason I use loose substrate in my
Impaction Disclaimer: Impaction is caused by an animal accidentally (or sometimes intentionally) ingesting a foreign substance such as
Cleaning and Maintenance
Make sure to spot clean your gecko’s cage every day and mist the paper towels at night to keep the humidity levels up. Change the paper towels at least once a week and clean the décor. Change the substrate and clean the entire tank at least once a month.s
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