How To Care for a Crested Gecko

How To Care for a Crested Gecko

The Crested Gecko is a popular pet for both children and adults and they’re easy to care for. Adult geckos usually only need to be fed every other day. They do need fresh water every day and a lot of humidity, but for the most part, they are solitary creatures and won’t mind if you aren’t cuddling with them every day. Geckos tend to be peaceful animals and rarely bite. The males can be aggressive, so if you do want more than one gecko, do not put more than one male gecko in the tank.

What Size Tank Should I Have for a Crested Gecko?

The adult crested gecko can grow up to 8 inches long. A good-sized terrarium is at least 20 gallons. The gecko likes to climb so get a tank that has height instead of one with more floor space. You will also want a screen cover on the tank; geckos like some ventilation or air flow. If you can screen-in one side while maintaining 70 to 80 percent humidity, your gecko will like that.

What Temperature Does a Gecko Need?

Geckos prefer daytime temperatures of 75 to 82F and 68 to 75F at night. To provide enough heat, a low-wattage heat emitter can help, but keep it on one side of the terrarium for gradient heat. Don’t let the tank get overheated. Find a place where the heat won’t be more than the low 80s.

Will My Crested Gecko Need Lighting?

Geckos are crepuscular, which means that they are most active at twilight and throughout the night. At dawn, they will return to sleep. They do not specifically need lighting, but you do need to keep to a normal schedule. The light should be on during the day and off at night to mimic their natural habitat. There is some evidence that a UV light can be beneficial for the gecko, but it isn’t a requirement.

What Does a Crested Gecko Eat?

Adult crested geckos eat commercial gecko food that comes as a powder that you mix with water before feeding. Feed adult geckos every other night and feed younger geckos nightly. Because geckos are awake during the night, you should feed them in the evening and remove any uneaten food in the morning. Geckos also like insects, crickets, mealworms or waxworms. Offer a couple of insects when you feed your gecko and remove any uneaten insects in the morning. Geckos also like soft fruits, bananas, apricots and peaches. You can mix fruit with the commercial food or give it as a treat. Make sure to offer fresh water every day.

How Do I Take Care of a Crested Gecko Habitat?

You should spot clean the terrarium every day by removing soiled bedding and discarded food. Once a month, clean and disinfect the tank. Remove the gecko while cleaning and place him or her in a secure place while cleaning. Scrub the tank with a cleaner or 3% bleach solution and rinse thoroughly. Dry the tank before replacing the substrate and furnishings. Put the gecko back in the habitat where it can enjoy its clean surroundings.

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