Crested geckos are popular pets due to their ease of care and striking appearance. The following are some general recommendations and guidelines for the care and maintenance of a crested gecko.
Crested geckos can be housed in a terrarium that is at least 20 gallons in size. The enclosure should have a screen top to allow for ventilation and a heat lamp should be used to maintain a temperature between 72-78°F during the day and between 68-75°F at night. A light cycle of 12-14 hours of light and 10-12 hours of darkness is recommended. The enclosure should also have plenty of foliage and branches for climbing and hiding.
Crested geckos are omnivores and should be fed a diet that consists of both insects and fruit. A commercial crested gecko diet can be fed as the main source of food, supplemented with insects such as crickets or mealworms. Fruit like banana, mango, and papaya can also be offered as occasional treats.
Crested geckos require fresh, clean water at all times. A shallow dish of water should be provided in the enclosure, and the water should be changed daily.
Crested geckos should be taken to a veterinarian for an initial check-up and then regularly thereafter. Signs of illness in crested geckos include lethargy, loss of appetite, weight loss, and abnormal feces. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact a veterinarian right away.
Crested geckos are delicate and should be handled with care. They should be handled infrequently and with clean, dry hands. When picking up a crested gecko, be sure to support their entire body, as they can be easily injured.
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