What you need to know when getting your first Crested Gecko

Note: This is not a complete guide it is the basics. Always do your research before buying a new pet.

I recommend doing research before buying one. They are pretty hardy animals, but can drop their tails. I have yet to have one of my geckos drop a tail. “Knock on wood” I’m sure some day it will happen. This is a defensive move and is the gecko feels threatened or if you grab them by a tail it will drop its tail to distract the predator so that it can get away. The tail does not grow back for a Crested Gecko. You will also need to keep in mind you cannot house two Males in the same enclosure. If you house a Male and a Female be prepared to have Eggs they will breed. You can house females together but be sure they are close to the same size. NEVER put to animals together unless you are sure they will get along.

You can handle them but be gentle as they are not the cuddle type of pet. There are a few things you will need for them below is a list:

Always do your research on a new pet before buying. There are many books and online resources that can help you learn about the animals. You can always ask the breeder for information too.


Shopping list for needed supplies:

Appropriately sized habitat

Crested gecko food

 I recommend Repashy Crested Gecko Diet: http://www.pangeareptile.com/store/crested-gecko-diet.html

Crickets occasionally


Paper towel: Depends on how old your gecko is for Babies Hatchlings to about 6-12 months use paper towels. So they don’t ingest and get intestinal blockage.

Adults potting soil is great (be sure its organic potting soil with no fertilizers)

Moss: can help keep moisture I the cage

Food dish

Water dish

Spray bottle

 For misting the tank at least twice a day

Climbing decor




Under tank heater

Depending on where you live this may not be necessary If you keep your home warm.

Temperatures for crested geckos should be maintained between 72 and 80 degrees for most of the year. Anything warmer causes stress on the animal. The also require  humidity 80-100%. You may want to also pickup a humidity gauge and a thermometer for the cage.

calcium supplement: especially if your breeding

cricket keeper: if you plan on keeping crickets you’ll need this and cricket food. You may also want to pick up a cricket shaker for dusting them with Calcium or Repashy Crested Gecko Diet before feeding them to the Crested Gecko. Of course you can just buy them as needed at your local pet store.

Because all geckos are potential carriers of infectious diseases, such as Salmonella, always wash your hands before and after handling your gecko and/or habitat contents to help prevent the potential spread of diseases.

Pregnant women, children under the age of 5 and people with weakened immune systems should contact their physician before purchasing and/or caring For a gecko and should consider not having a gecko as a pet just like any other pet there is a risk.

Crested Gecko

Scientific name: rhacodactylus ciliatus

Average adult size: 5 to 8 inches

Average life span: 5 to 10 years with proper care

Diet: Omnivore Plants (fruit) and Bugs

Will reach adult size in 9-12 months, under ideal conditions; upgrade habitat size as your reptile grows. Crested geckos prefer cages that are tall. They are climbers and prefer to be in bushes and vines.

Crested gecko fun facts:

The Crested gecko was thought to be extinct until 1994, when several relatively large, thriving populations were found on the islands of New Caledonia.

For a more in depth detailed care sheet I recommend checking out this website: