My intuition is that it will be a long, long time before the crested gecko hands over its crown as world’s most popular pet lizard.
At least two people in Washington state have developed salmonella infections tied to pet crested gecko lizards since January, federal officials say. It’s part of a lizard-related outbreak that has sickened 20 in 16 states.
There are a myriad of care sheets out there today on exactly how to raise, breed, and maintain Crested Geckos. The majority of these care sheets are quite basic, and focus on the simplest method possible of maintaining your geckos and simply keeping them alive. While these care sheets are the best way to get started in caring for your new gecko pet, they do sadly lack in options for those who want to go above and beyond simply keeping their gecko alive. What about the person who wants to set up their geckos in a more naturalistic way, or wants to offer their gecko more than just a powdered diet? Many folks get trapped in a simplistic set up and maintaining their geckos with the bare minimum, which works if you have large numbers of them or want their care to be as simple and streamlined as possible. But what about the person with a pet or two, who wants to do more than just have a gecko in a box? This article should help you find ways to enrich the captive environment for your Crested Gecko, in addition to any of your other Rhacodactylus species - Leachies, Gargoyle geckos, any of those types of geckos.
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Crested Geckos absorb Vitamin D3 from their diet, and so do not need a UVB light source. They require a temperature gradient of 78-82 F; a dip to 72 F at night is beneficial but not essential. Large enclosures will allow your pet to thermo-regulate by moving from hot to cooler areas. This behavior is important to long-term health, and is usually not possible in small cages. Humidity should be kept at 50-75%, but there must be dry areas available as well. Males cannot be housed together. Females will establish a dominance hierarchy, so groups must be monitored carefully.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. When you receive your new crested gecko, it may take some time for it to adjust to its new surroundings. Geckos can get stressed from being shipped, then placed in a strange environment. This may cause them to go off-feed for several days or more. As long as you set the environment up properly, the gecko should settle in within a few days. One stress factor is the cage type. Most breeders keep their geckos in plastic boxes in a rack system. There is no overhead light other than the ambient room light. Their hot spot comes from heat tape underneath their box. Geckos raised under these conditions usually do very well. However, most pet owners prefer to keep their geckos in a glass tank. They can be decorated much nicer and are better for viewing the animals. The problem is that geckos don't like change. They may be stressed by the glass. The stress level may go up even more if a bright daytime bulb is being used as the primary heat source. Crested Geckos don't like bright light. It will cause them to hide whenever it is on. The best way to acclimate geckos to a glass tank is to do the following: 1: If you use a bulb, make sure it is a nocturnal blue bulb designed for low light emissions. A heat pad can also be used to provide "belly heat". 2: Make sure the gecko has a warm, dark, and somewhat humid hiding place. They need to hide to feel secure. 3: Handle them very infrequently, if at all, for at least the first 2 weeks. 4: Tape black construction paper or cardboard to all 4 sides of the outside of the tank. Every week, remove on side of cardboard. After a month, all 4 sides will be removed. This will give the gecko time to adjust to the new cage. 5: Try to feed it the same food type is used to. Dietary changes can be stressful on crested geckos. 6: If you have geckos and you want to add a new one, keep the new gecko separate for at least 30 days to let it acclimate, and to watch for signs of health concerns. 7: If you put several geckos in one cage, make sure they are approximately the same size. Keep an eye on their food intake to make sure they are all feeding and maintaining good bodyweight. Never, ever put more than one male in a cage, no matter how big the cage is.