These beautiful geckos are great for those who have never kept reptiles. They are fairly easy to care for and tolerate handling. This is a basic care sheet on how to care for them.
What you'll need:
1) An enclosure, 10 -Gallon tank minimum
2) Substrate for the bottom
4) Calcium supplements
5) Vitamin supplements
6) Spray bottle
8) Heat lamp with some way to regulate heat, either a dimmer switch or a thermostat
Habitat: These arboreal geckos do well in vertically oriented enclosures. Cresteds tend to sleep between broad leaves, so be sure to include lots of leafy plants and horizontal branches. Plants can be live or fake. Pothos is a great plant for crested geckos- it needs little light to thrive and has good sized leaves for the geckos to rest in.
For substrate we like to use a mix of soil such as coco fiber or peat moss (NO fertilizers), orchid bark and a bit of sand. This holds humidity well, without being soggy.
Mist tank daily to maintain humidity and because crested geckos tend to drink from the water droplets on the glass and leaves. A shallow water dish should be available at all times.
Native to New Caledonia, an island off the coast of Australia, crested geckos (Correlophus ciliatus) were thought to be extinct. They were rediscovered in 1994 after a storm. Although crested geckos thrive and reproduce in captivity, their population in the wild is threatened by habitat loss and an invasive fire ant.
Temperature: Temperatures should range from the mid 70’s to the low 80’s, 78°-82° F is ideal. A small heat light (black or red bulb) can be used to heat their enclosure, unless the ambient temperature is staying warm enough. Make sure to keep an eye on the temperatures throughout the entire cage, especially during the first few weeks. It’s important that the cages does not overheat (over 85°). Overheating can cause brain damage or death.
Feeding: Crested geckos are omnivores and thrive on commercially produced powdered diets that are mixed with water. At Lick Your Eyeballs we use Pangea as their main food source. We supplement their diet with occasional pureed tropical fruits that are high in calcium such as papaya, figs and berries. Insects such as crickets and dubia roaches are offered a few times a month to promote physical activity. Don't leave extra insects roaming the cage - they often chew on uninterested reptiles. Hatchlings should be fed daily to every other day. Adults can be fed every other day. All fruit puree and insects should be dusted with a 50/50 mix of calcium and vitamins.