Crested Gecko Guide
 
 
 Scientific Name:
 
 Rhacodactylus Ciliatus
 
 Name Origin:
 
 The common name comes from the crests of elongated scales that begin over each eye, parallel the  outline of the head and continue down the back till the base of the tail

 The scientific name of Ciliatus refers to these ciliate scales too


 
 Other Names:
 
 New Caledonian Crested Gecko
 Eyelash Gecko
 Guichenot's Giant Gecko

 
 Origin:

 
 New Caledonia (located in the Southwest Pacific Ocean near Australia) 
 
 Native Habitat:

 
 Crested Geckos are semi-arboreal - they spend most of their time on the small trees and shrubs
 
 
 Appearance:

 
 Crested Geckos have a wedge shaped head and a crest that runs from each eye to the tail 
 Their toes have small claws which aid in climbing surfaces to which their toes cannot cling
 Crested Gecko have no eyelids; a transparent scale, or spectacle, keeps its eyes moist and it uses  tongue to clear away debris

 
 Size:

 
 Hatchlings are about 2-3 inches

 Adults are usually between 8 to 10 inches in length

 
 Weight:

 
 Hatchlings are about 2 to 5 grams 
 Adults are usually between 40 to 60 grams


 Life Span:

 
 15-20 years with proper care
 
 Behavior:

 
 Nocturnal, terrestrial species
 
 
 Social Structure:

 
 Males fight with each other, but doing well with one or more females
 
 Terrarium Type:

 Simple enclosures or in elaborate naturalistic vivariums are both good as far as they have climbing structures

 The height is more important than length or width, particularly with adults

 
 Terrarium Size:

 
 10-15 gallon tank is good size for one gecko
 
20 gallon tank is good for 2-3 female geckos or a breeding group of 1 male and 1-2 females
 I
t should have a screen top to prevent any escapes or visitors

 
 Conditions:

 
 The Optimal conditions for a crested gecko:
 Daytime temperature of 78 degrees with 60% humidity
 Nighttime temperature of 65-70 degrees with 60-80% humidity
 Daily misting with warm water will provide the right humidity and temperature  in the terrarium
 These geckos don’t require any heating lamps or heating pads
 They doing very well in room temperature


 Substrate:

 
 Paper towels  
 
 
 Food:

 
 Repashy's Crested Gecko Diet  
 Crickets


 Water:

 
 Fresh water must be available all the time
 A water dish should be shallow and stable


 Supplements:

 
 Dust crickets before feeding in a calcium powder


 Reproduction:
 
 Female laying two eggs every 4-5 weeks during breeding season
 The eggs can be kept in room temperature and hatch 60–90 days after they are laid

 
  
    Crested Gecko cool facts:     
  • Crested Geckos do not have eyelids and clean their eyes by licking them
  • The toes of Crested Geckos have tiny claws that help them in climbing extreme surfaces
  • Their tails are semi-prehensile and they can curve them around branches for extra support and even hang upside down with them
  • Some of Crested Geckos make squeaky sounds
  • When Crested Geckos are excited, they "fired up" - their color becomes more bright and might even make them look like a totally different gecko

  • The main predators of the Crested Geckos in the wild are the little fire ants. They attack these geckos and bite them to hunt them down. Other predators include snakes, rats and bigger geckos.