Crested Geckos as Pets - Crested Gecko Care

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Choosing a healthy gecko

Unless you plan to rescue a crested with special needs, it is important to take home a healthy pet. This is especially the case if you have more reptiles at home that could be exposed to a pathogen brought in by your new addition. All new pets should be quarantined away from your other reptiles for a minimum of one month. Follow strict hand-washing protocol to further minimize the risk of exposure.

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Crested Geckos (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) are becoming increasingly popular as pets
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The crested gecko is rapidly becoming the most popular species in the reptile pet trade. More and more people are seeking crested geckos as pets and for good reason. They are relatively affordable, easy to care for, hardy, available in many different colors and patterns, easy to breed and have individual personalities. The crested gecko makes a good pet for the beginning reptile keeper as well as the more experienced. As pets in healthy and caring environments, crested geckos can live for 15 to 20 years
Photo provided by FlickrCrested geckos are kept as pets and the trend is growing rapidly as more reptile keepers and hobbyists are realizing their easy care and interesting traits.
Photo provided by FlickrThe crested geckos ability to lay two eggs multiple times per year with relative herpetocultural ease has made them the new favorite in the saurian world of pets.
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The Crested Gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) has become increasingly popular among reptile enthusiasts over the past few years. Thought to be extinct until 1994, they are now fairly common in captivity. These geckos, from the New Caledonian Islands near Australia, make excellent pets. They are extremely hardy, easy to keep and handle, and come in a variety of beautiful colors and patterns. Breeding:
Mature male Crested Geckos exhibit a bulge (indicating the hemipenes) on either side of the cloaca. Breeders should be 12-18 months old and weigh at least 35 grams. Your pets may breed without temperature manipulation, but more consistent results will be had by subjecting them to 4-6 week period of cooler temperatures (65 F by night, 70 F by day) and a reduced day length of 8-10 hours.Diet:
Little research has been carried out regarding the food items consumed by wild Crested Geckos. However, commercial Crested Gecko Diets have yielded excellent results used as 100% of the food intake. Pets can also be offered crickets, roaches, sow bugs, lab-reared house flies, silk worms, calci-worms and other commercially-available species, if desired, in addition to the commercial diet. Insects should themselves be provided with a nutritious diet for 1-3 days before being offered to your pets. Mealworms, implicated in intestinal blockages, should be avoided or used only when recently-molted (white in color. Insects should be powdered with a calcium/VitaminD3 supplement.The meteoric rise of this gecko from relative obscurity only a decade ago is testament to its suitability as a pet. Possessing a gentle and curious nature, R. ciliatus rivals leopard geckos even in the development of pattern and color morphs. The crested geckos ability to lay two eggs multiple times per year with relative herpetocultural ease has made them the new favorite in the saurian world of pets.Crested geckos can be hand-tamed fairly quickly although care should be taken not to overwhelm the gecko. Start with five minutes of handling every other day. If the gecko is relaxed (no heaving sides, avid avoidance, biting, gaping, vocalizing) then slowly increase handling time. Keep in mind that young geckos are naturally jumpy and need to be handled close to the floor. Always allow new pets at least one week of solitude to adjust to their new environment. If you have other pets, wash your hands before and after handling your new arrivals.Female Crested Geckos deposit clutches of 2 eggs. They usually produce multiple clutches, separated by approximately 30 days (but this number varies widely), each breeding season. Three to 5 clutches are generally considered as being typical for well-fed pets, but up to 10 have been reported.