Crested Gecko Care Sheet

Crested geckos: 

Crested Geckos (Correlophus (Rhacodactylus) ciliatus)

Crested geckos are originally from New Caledonia (a group of islands between Fiji and Australia). 


Both male and female crested geckos reach a moderate size of 4 to 4.5 inches snout-to-vent length, and 8 inches in total length.

Crested Gecko Life Span:

Under proper care, plan for your crested gecko to live 15 to 20 years.

Crested Gecko Housing:

An adult crested gecko should be housed in a 20-gallon tank with screen top. Crested geckos need room to climb, so provide a mix of branches, driftwood, cork bark, bamboo, and vines at a variety of heights and orientations. Add a variety of sturdy live plants (such as Epipremnum, Dracaena, and Ficus) as they will hide in the plants for cover.


Crested geckos like temperatures of 78 to 82° Fahrenheit during the day. It can drop to the low 70s at night. In summer, place crested geckos in a cool room if the temperature exceeds 87°. During the winter crested geckos will tolerate night drops into the 60s. Low level of UVB lighting (about 5 percent). Any added lighting will raise the temperature in the enclosure, so monitor that. Also, provide a gecko hideaway, so geckos can get away from the light if they want.


Since they are nocturnal, feed crested geckos in the evening. Supplement that food with crickets and other prey insects (roaches, waxworms, silkworms). Avoid feeding mealworms, since they have a hard, undigestible exoskeleton. Insects fed should be slightly smaller than the space between the gecko's. To boost your reptile's vitamin and mineral intake, dust the insects with a calcium/vitamin D3 powdered supplement three times a week. You can dust prey with multivitamin powder supplement once a week.


Crested geckos will eat fruit several times a week. Mash fruit or jarred baby food. Favorites include bananas, peaches, nectarines, apricots, papaya, mangoes, pears, and passion fruit.


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