The Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Get A Crested Gecko
How Are Crested Geckos As Pets?
Crested geckos are one of the most popular geckos to own because of their sweet temperament and low maintenance. They come in a variety of patterns and colors as well. Overall, crested geckos are great for first time reptile owners.
The first reason why you should get a crested gecko is because they require very little maintenance and they don’t need a lot of space. Crested geckos only need a heat lamp, a 10-20 gallon terrarium, some substrate, places to climb, and commercial gecko food. Setting up their tank will only take a few minutes.
Using fake moss as substrate is easiest because you don’t have to try to keep it alive, they can’t ingest it, and it makes it easier to clean up their poop. Fake moss and other fake plants or vines are fairly inexpensive as well.
Crested geckos only need to eat commercial gecko food, crickets, or super worms. The gecko food is inexpensive as well and it will last a long time before you need to buy more. Crested geckos take a couple of days to eat their small dish of gecko food too so you don’t have to feed them every single day. They only need to be fed about three times a week.
Crested geckos only need lightly misted once a day too. They drink the water droplets from the plants and glass. A light misting everyday with their heat lamp will generate enough humidity to keep them happy and healthy.
Crested geckos have a great temperament. If you handle your crested gecko often when it is young, it will become used to being handled. It is very rare for crested geckos to bite their owners as well. They have very small teeth as well that won’t break skin if they happen to take a nibble.
Crested geckos can be very jumpy as well because they love climbing to high places. It is very common for them to jump off of your hand and on to the next highest perch. Sometimes that perch can be your shoulders or head!
Since they are so docile, they are great first pets for children and new reptile owners. If you plan on gifting your child with a crested gecko, make sure they are old enough to properly hold one and teach them how to gently handle crested geckos. They can get hurt easily if they are squeezed too hard. Crested geckos also drop their tails if they feel threatened or afraid. The tails do not grow back either.
They also live for up to 20 years. You or your child will have a wonderful pet that will last them a very long time.
The last reason you should get a crested gecko is because they look awesome! They come in a variety of morphs and colors. They can be spotted, one solid color, pinstripes, or a harlequin pattern. The different colors are endless as well because of intentional breeding.
Crested geckos can also scale up and down completely vertical surfaces. They have tiny grips on their feet that help them suction on to the glass. Their feet will feel very soft when they are gripping on to your hand too.
Bringing home a crested gecko can be so much fun. Picking out a crested gecko with fun colors or patterns is enjoyable and making a creative setup in their tanks is great too. The maintenance is minimal and they are very inexpensive pets. Lastly, they will make a great addition to your home.