Common Name: Crested Gecko Scientific Name: Rhacodactylus ciliatus
Crested Geckos are one of the easiest and most adorable pet reptiles today. They aren't too big or too small, they don't require any special lighting and they thrive at room-temperatures. They come in an array of colors and feeding them is simple and easy with CGD. It is no wonder why they are increasing in popularity. These geckos, like all Rhacodactylus hail from New Caledonia and are frugivorous.
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Grande Terre & Isle of Pines of New Caledonia.
Crested Geckos are arboreal and live in the canopy and bushes of New Caledonian rainforests.
Cresteds are a medium sized lizard that reach 7-9 inches total length (nose to tail tip) and usually weigh around 40-60 grams. Hatchlings are usually around 1.5 grams or so.
Crested Geckos can live 15+ years in captivity.
These geckos are not known to be aggressive and take to handling pretty well. They can be jumpy but they are tamed very easily.
Crested Geckos are frugivorous and cannot live off of a diet of bugs alone. Repashy's MRP, aka Crested Gecko Diet (CGD) is the best and easiest option to ensure your gecko's health. CGD should make up the majority of your gecko's diet, supplementing with crickets or roaches once a week is fine. It is very important to feed this diet to avoid problems such a MBD (Metabolic Bone Disease). Click HERE to see what an improper diet can do to your gecko.
Crested Geckos like it cooler than most reptile species. They thrive best between 68-78F, so room temperature is perfect. Temperatures of 80-85F begin to stress them out, and higher than that can result in death. Please make sure your geckos don't get overheated.
These geckos like it fairly moist, 60-80% humidity is good. Misting the terrarium 1-3 times daily depending on how well it holds is sufficient.
Crested Geckos can be housed in many types of cages depending on age/size. Babies should be kept in small enclosures like Kritter Keepers or small tubs so they can find their food easier and stress is limited. I move my babies up to 12 qt Sterilites at around 5-6 grams, and at around 10 I move them to a 20 qt Sterilite. By 15 grams I move my geckos into their permanent adult setups which are R-Zilla Acrylic Atriums or Exo Terras. Height is more important than floor space since they are arboreal. A 20 gallon tall tank would sufficiently house a pair or trio of adult Crested Geckos.
Breeding Crested Geckos is fairly easy. These geckos become sexually mature around 1-1.5 years of age. Females should weigh 35+ grams of weight while males can breed smaller. Make sure both animals are in good condition before breeding. Many breeders have different methods, but I prefer to introduce the animals for about a month, and once the first fertile clutch is laid I remove the male. This way the female doesn't have to be pestered, and she has already been fertilized. Your female will lay every month for a few months. Females typically lay two eggs each clutch. You can candle the eggs with a LED flashlight, I use the light on my LED 30x loupe and it works perfectly. A fertile egg has a faint pink "cheerio" while an infertile egg is clear and yellow, no veins. I keep all eggs regardless because some "cheerios" can develop later. A good rule of thumb is to keep all eggs that aren't moldy.
I personally incubate my Crested Gecko eggs at 76F in This Incubator. They hatch in approximately 60-75 days at this temperature and around 1.5 grams of weight. Some people choose to incubate at lower or higher temperatures which will change the length of incubation. Babies should be housed individually or with their clutch mate in small containers to ensure they can find their food and that they don't stress.