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Crested Gecko Care Guide

Updated: Mar 28

Correlophus ciliatus

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Crested geckos (Correlophus ciliatus) are captivating creatures known for their unique appearance, gentle temperament, and impressive jumping skills. One of the most distinctive features of crested geckos is the presence of hair-like projections above their eyes, resembling eyelashes, adding to their charm and allure. These remarkable reptiles have become increasingly popular as pets, captivating enthusiasts with their endearing features and fascinating behaviors. In this care guide I will show you the basics of crested gecko care. If you're considering adding a crested gecko to your family, explore our selection of high-quality geckos.

Crested geckos typically range from 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 cm) in length, including 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) of tail length. With a typical lifespan of up to 20 years in captivity


Crested geckos need a tall vivarium to accommodate their arboreal nature. A single adult crested gecko requires a minimum enclosure size of 12 inch wide by 18 inch tall and 12 inch deep. This vertical space allows them to climb and explore their environment comfortably. Hatchling crested geckos may initially prefer smaller enclosures as they tend to be more secretive and feel safer in confined spaces. Starting with a smaller vivarium and gradually increasing the size as the gecko grows is recommended. I recommend using plastic tubs as

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cheap and efficient enclosures. This approach helps hatchlings feel secure while providing adequate space for their development. Provide plenty of climbing opportunities by incorporating branches, vines, and ledges within the vivarium. Use live or artificial plants to create a naturalistic environment that offers plenty of hiding spots for your gecko. Ensure proper ventilation to maintain optimal air quality within the enclosure. Choose a substrate that retains moisture well, such as cyprus mulch to help maintain humidity levels. Avoid substrates that pose a risk of impaction, such as loose sand or gravel. Crested geckos do not require UVB lighting but benefit from a light cycle that mimics natural day-night patterns. I keep my crested geckos in my reptile room that is about 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They do not need additional heat and do not like temps over 80 Fahrenheit. If your house gets under 70 degrees Fahrenheit you must use a gentle heat source such as ceramic heat emitters or low-wattage heat pads, to maintain a stable temperature gradient within the enclosure. Monitor temperature and humidity levels closely to ensure the health of your crested gecko.

Crested Geckos Diet and Hydration

Crested geckos are omnivores, feeding on a varied diet of insects, fruit, and commercial crested gecko diet. Offer a balanced diet consisting of gut-loaded insects such as crickets, mealworms, and roaches, along with fresh fruit purees and commercial crested gecko food. Feed juvenile geckos daily and adult geckos every other day. Ensure food items are appropriately sized to prevent choking hazards. Dust feeder insects with calcium and vitamin supplements if you're not feeding a diet already containing those vitamins to prevent nutritional deficiencies, particularly calcium metabolism disorders like metabolic bone disease.

Crested Geckos Handling

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Handle your crested gecko with care and gentleness, avoiding sudden movements or excessive handling, which can cause stress. Spend time with your gecko regularly to build trust and familiarity. Allow them to explore your hand at their own pace, gradually increasing handling time as they become more comfortable. Like many other gecko species, crested geckos have fragile tails that can detach if handled roughly. Avoid grabbing or pulling on their tail, as this can cause stress and potential injury to your gecko.

Monitor your crested gecko's health and behavior regularly for any signs of illness or distress. Common health issues in crested geckos include respiratory infections, parasites, and shedding problems. If you notice any abnormalities or concerns, consult a reptile veterinarian experienced in treating crested geckos.

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