Taking Care of a Crested Gecko
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Taking Care of a Crested Gecko

These are just some things to record on your crested gecko care sheet. Your veterinarian, as well as other people who also take care of the same pet, may also offer additional tips and guidelines based on their own experiences with their pet gecko.

Crested Gecko as a Pet

Taking care of a crested gecko is a unique, yet interesting hobby, as only a few individuals prefer to have them as pets. Most of these pet owners took time to learn what they can about having a pet gecko for a pet, as this type of reptile, has specific needs in order to survive in captivity.

If you are a new owner of a crested gecko, here are a few tips you can follow. It will be really helpful also to list them down in a crested gecko care sheet. Doing this will ensure you of always having guidelines when taking care of your crested gecko. It will also come in handy, when you want to teach other people how to take care of their own crested gecko.

What Food Can You Give to Your Crested Gecko?

You can feed your crested gecko with insects, which is a great source of proteins. Insects that can be turned into crested gecko food include crickets, silkworms, butterworms, mealworms and waxworms. To keep your crested gecko healthy, you can apply vitamin supplements to these insects by powdering them or spraying them with the supplements. Most crested geckos love these protein-rich insects.

They also love sweet tasting food. You can feed your pet with fruit flavored baby food which is sweet enough to attract your crested gecko's appetite. It doesn't consume a lot of water so a small container of water should be enough to quench your pet's thirst, but water must be available all the time. If you don't have the time to prepare insects or baby food for your crested gecko, you can just purchase pre-made food. There are several of these pre-processed foods, containing all the required nutrients for crested gecko pets, available in most pet stores.

What Kind of Environment Does it Need?

Crested geckos usually love climbing and hiding, that's why it is important to provide your pet with living conditions that cater to these activities. You can put your crested gecko in a housing that is taller than it is wider since most of its activities will be oriented to climbing and moving vertically. If you have multiple crested geckos, make sure also that you do not put two male geckos together because they tend to be territorial. It is also encouraged to put some non-toxic plants in the housing, and some enclosures where your crested gecko can hide.

What Other Things Do You Need to Remember?

A crested gecko is a nocturnal reptile. You can expect your pet to sleep during daylight hours. During night time, you should provide them with lighting for 10 hours up to 12 hours. It is also essential to keep the humidity of its housing at 50%. What you can do is to mist its housing at night before you sleep to maintain this level of humidity.

Room temperature is usually fine for crested geckos, but if your home has a slightly lower temperature than most homes, you can provide extra lighting to its housing to maintain a temperature between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. During night time, you can let the temperature drop to anywhere between 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

These are just some things to record on your crested gecko care sheet. Your veterinarian, as well as other people who also take care of the same pet, may also offer additional tips and guidelines based on their own experiences with their pet gecko.

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