crested gecko care sheet

Crested Gecko Care Sheet

Correlophus ciliatus a.k.a Crested Gecko. They are one of the most popular pet geckos in the world.  

how to take care of a crested gecko

Crested Gecko

Crested Geckos make ideal pets for reptile keepers of any experience level. These geckos are originally from New Caledonia (a group of islands between Fiji and Australia). With proper care, crested geckos can live 15+ years. Both male and female crested geckos reach a size of ~4.5 inches snout-to-vent, and 8 inches in total length. Crested geckos are sexually mature at 15 to 18 months of age, and an approximate weight of 35 grams.


crested gecko care


These personable geckos thrive on a gel diet like Pangea, Repashy, and Zoo Med Gecko diets. You may also offer a variety of insects like crickets and worms. Dusting your crested geckos diet with calcium and a multi-vitamin is key for proper growth. Lighting is optional with this species. Since they regularly hide naturally and seldom bask, they do not need a lot access to UVB or a hot spot. If you do want to offer them UVB, we recommend using a low percentage. We only recommend heat sources for crested geckos if your ambient temperatures are too cold.

"Arboreal" Enclosures like Exo-Terra "Tall" tanks are ideal for Crested Geckos. Because these animals are tree dwellers, you should give them plenty of foliage and decorations to hide and cling on. Crested geckos thrive in ambient temperatures of 78-82 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity levels of 60-70%. Though they may not use a water bowl, these animals do need regular access to water. To give your gecko access to water and to keep your humidity levels proper, we recommend spraying or misting your enclosure regularly. You may also use Coco or Eco-Earth as a substrate.

caring for crested geckos


Crested geckos for sale make amazing display pets as they are tame, handleable, and fairly easy to breed. They come in a variety of premium color and pattern mutations like Axanthic, Lilly White, Cappuccino, Harlequin, Pinstripe, and MORE! To breed these you may keep one male with a few females. Keeping multiple males will cause them to fight. Females, on the other hand, are more likely to get along. Introducing males with females is best done through the colder months to help avoid any potential aggression. Once you have set up your group properly and they are compatible you can receive eggs fairly often. Crested Gecko eggs can be incubated at ambient temperatures of around 68–70 degrees and take 90–120 days to hatch. Click here for our recommended incubation media.



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