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Crested Gecko

Scientific Name: Rhacodactylus ciliatus
Lifespan: 8-10 years
Size: 4-6 inches long w/ tail
Diet:Omnivore
Handling Ease:Excellent

FOOD

  • A crested gecko’s diet should consist of:
    • 90% appropriately sized* insects (crickets or mealworms), fed daily
    • 10% tropical fruit based baby food (mango, papaya, banana) fed twice weekly
  • IMPORTANT:
    • All food should be dusted with calcium powder/vitamin powder (alternating days)
    • *Insect size fed is relative to the animal’s size. Babies and juveniles should be fed ½ grown or smaller crickets as well as mealworms. Adults can be fed large crickets. Superworms are not recommended for this species.

Caging & Environment

  • A minimum of a 10 gallon tank with screen cover or small glass reptile habitat.
  • Reptile Bark substrate (moistened moss can be mixed in to help retain humidity)
  • No basking light is needed (room temperature is fine)
  • 5.0 Compact Fluorescent UVB light with fixture
  • Lots of artificial plants/vines
  • A branch or climbing platform
  • Water bowl
  • Food bowl (for baby food)
  • Cricket Keeper & Cricket Food
  • Calcium & Vitamin Powders (used alternately)
  • Spray bottle for misting
  • Crested geckos should be misted at least twice daily.

Behavior/Handling

  • Crested geckos rarely bite.
  • They can jump, so care should be taken while handling.
  • Crested geckos can lose their tails when stressed. Their tail will not grow back once lost.
  • They should be housed individually or as sexed pairs, as males will fight when housed together.