Crested Gecko Care
Fortunately, crested geckos are not very fussy when it comes their homes and interior design. Their resilience has largely contributed to their popularity as pets.
Crested Gecko Cage
Before buying a crested gecko, you need to consider what type of cage your gecko will need. As arboreal animals the cage needs to be high rather than wide. You can improvise and build your own cage, however, we actually recommend that you purchase one as you will know that ventilation for example will be sufficient.
We have dedicated a whole page to crested gecko cages, which will help you chose the right cage.
As with any exotic animals, one should try to emulate their natural habitat. This is the only way to ensure that your geckos are healthy and happy. Crested geckos are natives of southern New Caldonia where they live in rainforests. The temperatures there range between 68-86 Fahrenheit (20-30 degrees centigrade). In the terrarium we recommend temperatures between 72-80 degrees F (23-27 degrees C). While crested geckos are able to withstand lower temperatures as well, you should ensure that they don’t drop below 68 degrees Fahrenheit for prolonged periods of time.
High temperatures can be damaging as well. Therefore, if temperatures in the room where the cage is placed tend to vary, we recommend installing a thermostat. This will ensure that it won’t get too hot nor too cold for your geckos, which will give you peace of mind.
Crested Gecko Diet
Crested geckos are among very few reptiles that are omnivorous, i.e. eat meat as well as plants. This makes crested gecko care much easier than caring for other geckos.
A variety of foods is important for your gecko’s health and we recommend that you feed both vegetarian as well as live animals. Some authors recommend a ratio of vegetarian to meat in the diet of 3:1. In their natural habitat crested geckos tend to eat berries, both directly from the branch as well as those fallen to the ground. In the terrarium you can also feed baby food, such as pureed banana etc.
Feeding live insects is important, they provide important nutrients as well as exercise and action for your cresties. The most common and most important food insect is the cricket. Crickets are readily available in pet stores and can also be quite easily bred, if it doesn’t freak out your spouse or other family members.
Other live insects that are nutritious and popular with these geckos are waxworms and moths as well as cockroaches. You should think twice before feeding any wild insects as they may have been exposed to pesticides.
As for the vegetarian part of your geckos diet, it could hardly be easier. If available, you can cut up some berries, puree a banana or simply feed baby food (we don’t recommend meat baby meals, stick to the fruit varieties). Powdered food for crested geckos is readily available from internet pet shops and comes highly recommended as the producers add all nutrients that a crestie needs.
We recommend that you dust live feeding animals with some calcium/vitamin powder and add some to the fruit diet as well. Calcium is particularly important for young crested geckos to support their growth. Online pet stores offer special vitamin and calcium products for reptiles.
Crested geckos drink water out of dishes and also lick water drops off leaves and the glass of their enclosure. You should regularly spray water into the crested gecko cage to maintain a good level of humidity, but also ensure that fresh water is available in a shallow dish on the ground.