Crested Geckos live on an island in a French territory called New Caledonia. These sweet Crested Geckos, also known as eyelash geckos due to their big lashes, were once thought to be extinct. They were only recently rediscovered in the ’90s, and they have been warming our hearts ever since. In this article we’ll learn some fun and interesting facts about Crested Geckos, and look at some cool pictures!
20 Facts about Crested Geckos
1. Are Crested geckos friendly?
Crested geckos make great pets for adults and children because of their friendly demeanor. In fact, they are one of the friendliest out of the gecko family.
Crested geckos are really great for kids, but because of their small size and their ability to drop their tails when scared, you should never leave a child alone with a crested gecko.
2. How long do crested geckos live?
Crested Geckos live for quite a long time, between 15-20 years. There are talks of crested geckos living upwards of 30 years!
3. Do crested gecko bites hurt?
Crested geckos teeth are very small, so while their bites might feel weird, they won’t hurt or cause any damage. Getting bit by one of these little lizards isn’t very unlikely though.
4. Can crested geckos regrow their tail?
Crested geckos, unlike other species of geckos, can not regrow their tail. A Crested Gecko without its tail is affectionately called “frogbutt.”
5. Do crested geckos like to swim?
Crested geckos do know how to swim, but they do not like to swim. Being in water too deep for them would be extremely stressful to a gecko.
6. Can crested geckos eat fruit?
Crested Geckos can eat fruit, but some fruits can be harmful to them. When feeding your gecko fruit, you should make sure the piece is no wider than the space between their eyes. You can blend up their fruit for a nice easy treat.
7. Do crested geckos eat every day?
Crested Geckos need to eat regularly, at least 5x a week when they are young. As juveniles, this will slow down to 3-4x a week. Once a crested Gecko has reached maturity, they will only need to eat 2-3x a week.
8. Can crested geckos change color?
Crested Geckos can change color, being very vibrant when they are fired up, and duller, paler when fired down. They will change color depending on their mood and what’s going on around them.
9. How big do crested geckos get?
Crested geckos grow to be 5-10inches long and weighing from 20 to 50 grams full grown.
10. Do crested geckos need live food?
Crested geckos do not need to eat live food with a repashy diet, but it is good for them to have live food even if it is only once a week. Live food will help with enrichment. They eat insects in the wild and would enjoy a good worm or roach from time to time and the hunt.
11. Do crested geckos need a friend?
Crested geckos are not social animals and should be kept alone.
12. Do crested geckos make noise?
Yes, Crested Geckos do make noise. It sounds like a squeak or a chirping sound, they are one of the noisier species of lizard, but it’s very soft noises you may not even hear.
13. Can you take your crested gecko outside?
Crested geckos love to jump, they are not as relaxed about staying still, as say, a bearded dragon, and unlike other lizards, they can drop their tail. With that being said, if you know your crested gecko well, keep them close and stay in a safe place, a short trip to your patio is ok, but remember there are always risks, and you should always be careful. Crested Geckos are perfectly fine chilling inside.
14. How do you entertain a crested gecko?
Crested geckos love to jump, So giving them a big, tall tank with lots of vines will keep them happy. You can change their vines around when you clean their tank to help keep things fresh and enriching.
You may also choose to place their food in a few different spots of their tank to keep them searching, along with live food.
15. How do you feed a Repashy crested gecko diet?
You mix one part Repashy to two parts water, you will feed depending on their age, an adult will eat 2-3x a week.
16. Do crested geckos sleep?
Yes, crested geckos sleep, and since they are nocturnal, they will sleep mostly during the daylight hours.
17. Do crested geckos have eyelids?
Crested Geckos do not have eyelids. They use their tongue to clean and moisten their eyes.
18. How cold is too cold for a crested gecko?
During the night hours, your Crested Geckos temperature can drop to the ’60s-’50s as long as they are not left in these temperatures for prolonged periods.
19. How warm should it be during the day for a crested gecko?
A Crested Geckos tank should be kept between 70-75 degrees. If they are in temperatures over 80 for long periods, it can be fatal.
20. How long can a crested gecko be left alone?
A crested gecko with the right environment can be left alone for 2-3 days as long as they will have adequate temps and humidity levels.