Baby cresteds are amazing little jumpers and will leap from nearly any height. Be sure to let your crested get settled in before you decide to handle him or her. In short time you will be able to reach in the enclosure and they will readily climb up your hand. We suggest sitting low to the floor at first and keep any cats, dogs, or other animals out of the room. Be careful with a cresteds tail, never grab your crested by the tail and be sure his tail is clear of all enclosure doors and furnishings. Cresteds can drop their tail and, unlike other gecko species, it will not grow back.
We keep our geckos at room temperature. It seems that the recommended temperature from most is mid to high 70's with a night time drop into the mid 60s being acceptable. Anything above 80 or below 60-65 could cause stress and lead to illness or death. We have a controlled environment for our animals and use a whole room heater that kicks on at 67. You may also use a small under tank heater with a temperature controller or a low watt black light.
NEVER use a heat source on your pets without a controller, there is always a chance the heat will malfunction, never just leave it to change.
We spray our crested gecko enclosures twice a day. Use a simple misting bottle and bottled water, once in the morning and once at night. Spraying is the primary source of water. They are used to licking water droplets from foliage and the sides of their enclosure. We also include a small water dish in our gecko cages, as some of them have been seen to drink from them. Our adults have a moist hide/lay box in the cage at all times. Smaller geckos may need extra attention when shedding. You can add a moist hide as needed or spray a wadded up paper towel and add to one end of their enclosure if you notice they are about to shed.
We only use paper towels or newspapers for our substrate. We have found that it is easier to clean up and safer for the gecko. Anything easier means you will do it more often. If you do choose to use a loose substrate, be aware that your crested could accidently eat some of it and become sick. If this happens, there isn't much that can be done to help them. There are many that use other things, so feel free to do some research on other options and make up your own mind of what is best for your gecko.
Since cresteds spend so much time hanging in trees, you need to provide your crested with a tall enclosure. From what we have experienced, baby cresteds do not eat well in a giant enclosure. It is best that you start small and increase the size of your enclosure as your baby grows. Adults will need 18 to 24 inches in vertical space. You can get as creative as you like with cage decorations. You will need to provide something for your gecko to hide under during the day and provide something for him or her to climb on at night. We use artificial vines and plastic leaves for this. It is best with younger cresteds to house them individually. We keep all of our non-breeding geckos in individual enclosures. Please remember that two males will fight and can never be housed together. Females once older can live together but there is a chace that they too can fight. When introducing them be sure to keep a close watch.
Your crested will change colors throughout the day. At his peak color he is said to be "fired up". Night time is usually when we see our cresteds at their brightest colors. They will also fire up when nervous or stressed. Some of their color will develop as they grow. Not all cresteds will have as much of a dramatic change as others. Here is an example of Fawkes changing colors.
Crested Gecko Care Guide
Thought to be extinct and rediscovered in 1994 Correlophus ciliatus, the crested gecko, is native to New Caledonia. They are among one of the easiest reptiles to care for. They require no special lighting and do well at room temperature. Their small size and great temperament make them great additions to your family.
Cresteds are usually found hiding during the day. For some, it is in the foliage at the top of their cage, while others like to be lower and you can find them hiding under leaves or anything else that you have added to their enclosure. At night, their activity level sky rockets and they really explore their enclosures. If you have their cage in your room, you will hear them jumping and climbing.
No special lighting, other than indirect room light, is needed.
Our primary food is Pangea Complete Banana Papaya flavor. Each gecko tends to have favorite food flavors. Some like the Pangea Watermelon flavor the best while others seem to like Big Fat Gecko Diet. Having a staple flavor that you know they like is important, but you can add the other flavors in occasionally to give them some variety. We offer the Pangea every other night. With Pangea Complete, you do not have to offer insects. If you do choose to offer them, make sure that they are no larger than the space between your crested's eyes. When in doubt, go smaller. They will grow much faster if eating bugs. We offer small crickets or roaches 1-3 times a week.