Scientific Name: Rhacodactylus ciliatus
Lifespan: 8-10 years
Size: 4-6 inches long w/ tail
- 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
- 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.
- 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.