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


 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

 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


 Hatchlings are about 2-3 inches

 Adults are usually between 8 to 10 inches in length


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

 Life Span:

 15-20 years with proper care

 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
t should have a screen top to prevent any escapes or visitors


 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


 Paper towels  

 Repashy's Crested Gecko Diet  


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


 Dust crickets before feeding in a calcium powder

 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.