You have a few options for housing for your gecko. Babies do well housed in a smaller home and moved up to a larger one as they grow. The minimum size for an adult should be around 20 gallons. Housing can be glass, screen or plastic. If considering screen housing please make sure you are able to keep the humidity up. Where you live will play a factor in your humidity levels. Crested geckos are arboreal so you will want your housing to allow the gecko to climb up. Taller is better than wider. Include many branches and leaves for your gecko to climb and hide in. Substrate can be something as simple as paper towel or one of the commercially available substrates that provide a more natural look. If using a natural substrate please watch carefully for any sign of impaction cause by ingestion. This more so if housing young geckos.
I am a big advocate and I always recommend housing your geckos separate when not purposefully keeping them together for the intent of breeding. There can always be a risk with keeping any of your geckos together. Fighting with any geckos housed together can occur and this can lead to stress, dropped tails, food refusal as well as minor and severe injuries. Most males will usually fight with each other, so I always say a definite no to two males together. Females can sometimes live together peacefully, your best chance for success with this is to make sure the two girls are close to the same size and weight of each other. Unsexed babies can also do well with each other but keep in mind that this may only be temporary, especially if you find you have two males together or a female/male combination. A male who is ready to breed may make an attempt on an immature female which can be life threatening for the female. If you plan on housing your geckos together, please watch them closely and please have back up housing available.
The average home temperature works wonderfully for crested geckos. They do best at temperatures of 72-80 degrees. Falling a little below 70 degrees is tolerable however going above 82 degrees can be very dangerous for your gecko.and can lead to it's death. You can use a digital thermometer to help monitor to your temperature. Your gecko will require a day/night cycle allowing them at 8-10 hours of darkness per day. UVB lighting is not required, your general home lighting through your windows or lamps will be sufficient.
Crested geckos will require humidity. A strong misting once a day, preferably in the evening should be enough to raise the humidity level to around 80-90 percent. The humidity should be allowed to drop during the day to allow a drying out period. The drying out period is important to avoid bacterial problems.
The geckos here at Epic are fed Repashy Meal Replacement Powder, also called Repashy Crested Gecko Diet (CGD) and Pangea Complete diet all flavors. These are a complete food source and your gecko can be fed this food only for it's entire life. The variety of flavors is welcomed by the geckos and helps the transition from my home to yours easier on your new gecko. If you would like to feed insects to your gecko please make sure that you gut load your feeders and dust them with a calcium with D3 before feeding.
Gargoyle gecko care is the same as the crested gecko care except for a few things. I put a few more plants and climbing items in the gargoyle cages. My Gargoyles are not the best climbers and they are semi arboreal so they tend to stay about mid range of their home. Gargoyles do not often get along with each other at all. For this reason I recommend separate housing. If you are breeding your Gargoyles please keep a very good eye on them for bullying.
This is a pretty basic care guide but I believe it is enough information to house and care for your gecko properly. Crested and Gargoyle geckos make wonderful first reptiles. They have minimal care requirements and are very handleable. If you have any questions about care or need more information please feel free to contact me here.
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