Resources

More Information and Help for your Crested Gecko Care

 

We have compiled some links to websites and resources that may be helpful. Please contact us if you know of any other resources that you think may be helpful, or if you would like us to link to your site.

Excellent book specializing on Cresties: Crested Gecko Secret Manual, by Chris Johnson

Wikipedia: Crested Geckos

Locating a qualified vetenarian (USA):

Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV): www.arav.org

Information on the conservation status of Crested Geckos:

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES): www.cites.org

United States Association of Reptile Keepers

Reptile Species at www.ReptileChannel.com

 


 

 



Welcome to My Crested Geckos!
With this website we aim to provide you with the tools and knowledge to enable you to successfully care for your “Cresties”.IntroductionThe crested gecko is one of the most popular reptiles to be kept as pets today and is bred widely. This is all the more amazing
as crested geckos were believed to be extinct until they were rediscovered in 1994. So, within only 10  years from being as
prevalent as Tyrannosaurus rex, Rhacodactylus ciliatus has conquered the world of home vivariums!

The Crested gecko (latin: Rhacodactylus ciliatus), aka eyelash gecko, is native to southern New Caledonia, an in the South Pacific
Ocean, the the East of Australia. It received its name from the fringe of hairlike projections that resemble eyelashes. The crests
from each eye join at the back of the wedge-shaped head to form a single crest that runs all the way to the tail.

As many geckos, Crested Geckos have adhesive pads and claws that enable them to climb almost any surface. Their tails are prehensile,
i.e. are adapted for grasping, which actually enables them to hang from branches or twigs. Unlike most other lizards their tails do not
regenerate when severed. This provides an extra incentive to handle your geckos with care!

Crested Gecko Morphs

The strain of colouration within a species is called “morph”. Crested geckos come in many different morphs and can appear speckled
(called “Dalmatian”) reddish (“fire” or “flame”) and many other color patterns. Some even display tiger-like stripes (called “tiger”
you will be surprised to learn) or pin-stripes (not only those bred in England!).

Life Span
Crested Geckos have not been kept in captivity long enough to establish an exact life expectancy. However, they can be very long lived and
it is presumed that they can live into their late teens if not longer. So, if kept properly, your crested geckos will be with you for the
long-haul.

Habitat
Crested geckos’ natural habitat are the rainforests of southern New Caldonia. They are arboreal (tree dwelling), which is why crested gecko
cages should be tall and provide enough space for climbing.
The climate of their natural habitat is tropical with temperatures ranging between 68-86 Fahrenheit (20-30 degrees centigrade). The lower
levels are reached in the cooler dry period from June to August. In their cage, one should aim for temperatures between 72-80 degrees F (23-27 degrees
C). Please visit our Crested Gecko Cage page for more detailed information.

Behaviour
As arboreal lizards, crested geckos are expert climbers, helped by the webbing on their legs and digits and the additional benefit of the tail
that is able to hold on to twigs. They can also jump very well.
As most geckos, crested geckos are nocturnal, i.e. active active during the night. This has to be kept in mind when considering the purchase
of a crestie as a pet. Don’t expect your gecko to roam its vivarium during the day.

Diet
Unusually for geckos, or indeed reptiles in general, crested geckos are omnivores, i.e. they eat both plants and animal material. They
will eat all small insects (and may even eat their own offspring) as well as fruits, such as berries. In captivity a varied diet is of the
utmost importance to keep your geckos healthy. A regular diet should include insects such as crickets, preferably dusted with supplements.

Some crestie keepers don’t feed live insects at all and revert to meat babyfood or commercial diets that are now widely available. While the commercial
products claim to completely cover the range of nutrients, we would not recommend to feed meat babyfood on a daily basis. While you may
not fancy keeping live crickets in your house, they do provide good exercise for your pet and should form a regular part of your crested geckos
diet.
That said, the fact that you can feed “ready meals” that you can buy online makes keeping crested geckos much easier than many other species.
They are also really sweet when they eat their pureed food (see video on the side panel).

Welcome to My Crested Geckos!
With this website we aim to provide you with the tools and knowledge to enable you to successfully care for your “Cresties”.

Introduction

The crested gecko is one of the most popular reptiles to be kept as pets today and is bred widely. This is all the more amazing
as crested geckos were believed to be extinct until they were rediscovered in 1994. So, within only 10  years from being as
prevalent as Tyrannosaurus rex, Rhacodactylus ciliatus has conquered the world of home vivariums!

The Crested gecko (latin: Rhacodactylus ciliatus), aka eyelash gecko, is native to southern New Caledonia, an in the South Pacific
Ocean, the the East of Australia. It received its name from the fringe of hairlike projections that resemble eyelashes. The crests
from each eye join at the back of the wedge-shaped head to form a single crest that runs all the way to the tail.

As many geckos, Crested Geckos have adhesive pads and claws that enable them to climb almost any surface. Their tails are prehensile,
i.e. are adapted for grasping, which actually enables them to hang from branches or twigs. Unlike most other lizards their tails do not
regenerate when severed. This provides an extra incentive to handle your geckos with care!

Crested Gecko Morphs

The strain of colouration within a species is called “morph”. Crested geckos come in many different morphs and can appear speckled
(called “Dalmatian”) reddish (“fire” or “flame”) and many other color patterns. Some even display tiger-like stripes (called “tiger”
you will be surprised to learn) or pin-stripes (not only those bred in England!).

Life Span
Crested Geckos have not been kept in captivity long enough to establish an exact life expectancy. However, they can be very long lived and
it is presumed that they can live into their late teens if not longer. So, if kept properly, your crested geckos will be with you for the
long-haul.

Habitat
Crested geckos’ natural habitat are the rainforests of southern New Caldonia. They are arboreal (tree dwelling), which is why crested gecko
cages should be tall and provide enough space for climbing.
The climate of their natural habitat is tropical with temperatures ranging between 68-86 Fahrenheit (20-30 degrees centigrade). The lower
levels are reached in the cooler dry period from June to August. In their cage, one should aim for temperatures between 72-80 degrees F (23-27 degrees
C). Please visit our Crested Gecko Cage page for more detailed information.

Behaviour
As arboreal lizards, crested geckos are expert climbers, helped by the webbing on their legs and digits and the additional benefit of the tail
that is able to hold on to twigs. They can also jump very well.
As most geckos, crested geckos are nocturnal, i.e. active active during the night. This has to be kept in mind when considering the purchase
of a crestie as a pet. Don’t expect your gecko to roam its vivarium during the day.

Diet
Unusually for geckos, or indeed reptiles in general, crested geckos are omnivores, i.e. they eat both plants and animal material. They
will eat all small insects (and may even eat their own offspring) as well as fruits, such as berries. In captivity a varied diet is of the
utmost importance to keep your geckos healthy. A regular diet should include insects such as crickets, preferably dusted with supplements.

Some crestie keepers don’t feed live insects at all and revert to meat babyfood or commercial diets that are now widely available. While the commercial
products claim to completely cover the range of nutrients, we would not recommend to feed meat babyfood on a daily basis. While you may
not fancy keeping live crickets in your house, they do provide good exercise for your pet and should form a regular part of your crested geckos
diet.
That said, the fact that you can feed “ready meals” that you can buy online makes keeping crested geckos much easier than many other species.
They are also really sweet when they eat their pureed food (see video on the side panel).

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