Crested Geckos for Sale: An Overview of This Unique Pet
As a pet owner, you may be interested in acquiring an exotic animal that is unique and personable. Crested geckos, known as eyelash geckos or crested lizards, fit this description well and are available for purchase on Reptilessales.com.
Crested Gecko Characteristics
Crested geckos are arboreal lizards native to southern New Caledonia, an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. They are named for the eyelash-like projections found over their eyes. Crested geckos are one of the larger gecko species, reaching up to 9 inches in length.
These geckos are omnivores, feeding on both insects and fruit in the wild. As pets, crested geckos do well on a diet of prepared powdered gecko meal replacement powder and live insects. They are also known as “frog-eyed” geckos due to their large eyes.
Crested geckos do not have adhesive lamellae on their toes like most geckos, so they cannot climb smooth vertical surfaces. However, they are very agile and can leap and climb in a vertical plane.
Crested geckos should be housed in an enclosure at least 18 inches high, as they are arboreal lizards. A screen-topped aquarium or a mesh-sided enclosure works well. Provide multiple climbing branches at varying levels. Crested geckos also appreciate foliage, plants, and hiding spots. The ideal temperature range is 70 to 78 F, and humidity should be maintained around 70-90%.
With the proper diet, housing, heating, and humidity, crested geckos can live 15-20 years and make a rewarding long-term pet. Reptilessales.com has a variety of high-quality crested geckos for sale to meet the needs of both novice and experienced herpetoculturists.
How long do crested geckos live
As a prospective owner of crested geckos, it is important to understand their lifespan and long-term care requirements.###
Crested geckos can live 15-20 years or more when given proper housing and nutrition. These geckos are relatively easy to care for and are quite hardy, but they are still a long-term commitment. You will need to provide a suitable enclosure, heating, lighting, and diet for the lifetime of your gecko.
An adult crested gecko should be housed alone in at least a 20-gallon tall enclosure with multiple hiding spots, climbing areas, and foliage. The enclosure should be misted regularly to maintain 60-80% humidity. A heat lamp and UVB light should be provided on a 12-hour cycle, and the temperature should be maintained at 70-78 F.
Crested geckos require a diet of prepared powdered gecko diet and live or canned crickets 2-3 times a week. The gecko diet provides complete nutrition, while the insects provide enrichment. Always have fresh, clean water available in a shallow water bowl.
In summary, crested geckos can make rewarding lifelong pets, but they are not short-term commitments. By providing an appropriate enclosure, heat, light, humidity, and a proper diet, a crested gecko can live and thrive for over a decade and a half. If you are willing to commit the time and resources to care for a crested gecko for its lifetime, these intriguing geckos can make fascinating pets.
Buying Healthy Crested & New Caledonian Geckos
When purchasing crested geckos or New Caledonian geckos from Reptilessales.com, there are several factors to consider to ensure you receive a healthy animal.
Make sure you are purchasing from a reputable breeder with a track record of producing healthy geckos. Reptilessales.com has been breeding these geckos for over 15 years and has a proven track record of healthy, colorful, and socialized babies. They work with a network of hobbyist breeders that breed for temperament and color.
Younger geckos, called “hatchlings,” may be slightly more difficult to care for as they need more frequent feeding and are more susceptible to health issues. Juvenile or subadult geckos, 3-12 months of age, are well-established and easier to care for. They are also often better socialized, having had more interaction with humans. Consider your experience level when choosing an age.
Make sure the gecko’s enclosure is properly set up before bringing it home. Have an appropriate sized enclosure, heating, lighting, substrate, foliage, and climbing areas prepared in advance. Crested and New Caledonian geckos are arboreal, so ample opportunities to climb are a must. Failure to have the proper enclosure can cause stress to your new pet.
It is wise to quarantine any new reptile for at least 30-45 days before introducing it to your collection. This allows you to monitor the gecko for any signs of illness and to take it to a vet promptly if needed. Be very observant during this time period for lack of appetite, lethargy, discharge from the eyes or nose, and abnormal feces. Quarantining new arrivals has saved many collections from potential disease outbreaks.
By choosing a reputable source, considering the age and your experience, properly preparing an enclosure, and quarantining your new gecko, you greatly increase your chances of starting out with a healthy, thriving pet. Best of luck finding your new crested or New Caledonian gecko!
Caring for Your New Pet Gecko
Crested geckos are omnivores, eating both insects and fruits. As pets, crested geckos should be fed a diet of prepared powdered gecko food, live insects, and some fruits.
- Powdered gecko diet should make up about 50-75% of a crested gecko’s diet. Choose a high-quality, nutritionally complete powdered food specifically for crested geckos and follow the directions for mixing and feeding. Replace any uneaten powdered diet within 24 hours to avoid spoilage.
- Live insects, like crickets, dubia roaches, and mealworms provide protein and nutrients. Gut-loaded, or recently fed, insects are most nutritious. Offer 2-3 properly sized insects 2-3 times a week. Avoid waxworms due to their high fat content.
- Fruits can be given as an occasional treat in moderation, 1-2 times a week. Good options include mango, papaya, banana and commercial gecko diet. Remove any uneaten fruit from the enclosure within a few hours to avoid spoilage and pest infestation.
- Always have fresh, purified or bottled drinking water available in a shallow, escape-proof dish. Change and clean the water dish at least 2-3 times a week.
On average, crested geckos reach 6-9 inches in length from head to tail. Females tend to be slightly smaller than males. Crested geckos can live 15-20 years or more, so they are a long-term commitment.
Crested geckos reach sexual maturity between 15 months to 2 years of age. After this point, their growth will slow down considerably. Monitor your gecko’s weight and body condition to ensure proper growth and health. An underweight or overweight gecko will need an adjustment in diet and feeding schedule.
Providing the proper diet, habitat, lighting, and temperature for a crested gecko will support its growth into a happy, healthy adult gecko and longtime companion. With the right care, your crested gecko can live and thrive for many years.
Find Quality Crested & New Caledonian Geckos on Reptilessales.com
High Quality, Captive-Bred Geckos
Reptilessales.com offers a wide selection of captive-bred crested geckos and New Caledonian geckos for sale. Our geckos are bred in a controlled, clean environment to produce healthy, socialized hatchlings. We work with a network of professional breeders to offer a variety of morphs and color variations.
All geckos for sale on our site come with a live arrival guarantee and health guarantee. Our geckos are accustomed to handling and interacting with humans from an early age. When purchasing from us, you can rest assured you are getting a high-quality, tame gecko that will thrive as a pet.
Reasonably Priced, Shipped Directly to You
We price our geckos to sell so hobbyists and pet owners can add a crested or New Caledonian gecko to their collection without breaking the bank. Geckos are available for prices ranging from $75 up to $500 for rare, designer morphs.
Geckos are shipped overnight via FedEx to ensure they arrive quickly and in good health. We include detailed care sheets with recommendations for housing, heating, lighting, and diet to help you create an ideal habitat for your new pet gecko.
Customer Service and Support
Our team of reptile enthusiasts provides helpful advice and recommendations to guide you to the gecko that best fits what you’re looking for in a pet. We offer support even after your purchase by answering questions about your gecko’s health, behavior, habitat, and more.
When you purchase a gecko from Reptilessales.com, you become part of our community. We regularly share updates, photos, breeding news, and other insights into the world of crested and New Caledonian geckos on our website and social media channels.
Whether you’re a beginner looking for your first gecko or an experienced hobbyist expanding your collection, Reptilessales.com has a diverse selection of quality geckos at affordable prices. Contact us today to learn more about the geckos we have available and to find your new pet gecko.