This is just a basic and down to it starter guide for anyone who’s looking to get a crested gecko. This isn’t a complete and full crested gecko care guide, but if you’re new and would like a basic list of what you’ll need to do, then this should help you out.
First thing is first, you’re going to need an enclosure to put your gecko in. Most commonly people like to use aquariums or cages but you need to consider the size of the enclosure. For an aquarium, you want to make sure that it’s at least 10 gallons minimum but for adult gecko, try to get a 20 gallon minimum tank/aquarium. Not all enclosures will come with their own substrate so you may have to supply your own or buy some. It’s best to use tiny grain sand or paper towels. NEVER under any circumstances use Coconut, because this is the most commonly ingested substrate leading to death.
Second, you’ll want to set up the aquarium and make a home for the new guest. Just make sure you equip the basic needs in the enclosure and that it’s going to have everything it needs. The basics include having a water bowl, a food bowl; some substrate as long as it’s not something the Gecko will ingest, some plants (this is completely optional) and some other decorates. Decorative materials or a branch might just give it something to do and allow it to be more active, but it’s not required to have an effective housing unit.
Third, you’re going to want to make sure that you can frequently mist the Geckos. So a clean spraying bottle with a nozzle will be required. Don’t spray the place down as to where it’s not going to dry up in a few short hours but you should mist the Gecko and the cage at least once a day with a light spray. The humidity in the enclosure will more than likely be at least 80% which is ideal conditions for breeding as well. Don’t let the humidity get to 40% before you mist again because they’re used to very humid habitats.
Fourth, make sure that temperature of the enclosure stays at a solid 75 degrees. It can go down 5 or up 5 degrees but it’s not recommended that you go lower or above that temperature. What’s going to happen is, that once your temperatures reach 85 degrees or higher, your animal will become sick and it will stop eating, leading to death. Some crested gecko care guides cover this and some don’t, so I’m warning you now.
If you plan on obtaining more than one Gecko, make sure you’re aware of what Gecko can be stored together in the same unit and which can’t. Two males will be the worst decision you’ve ever made because all they’re going to do is fight each other. They can be very territorial. A male and a female should be alright but you should be warned that it’s likely they will breed once they’re both mature. Two females should also be ok as they aren’t going to fight each other.
Make sure you don’t pick up or touch your gecko for at least 2 weeks after you’ve purchased the Gecko. They’ll become very jumpy and stressed out if you do. You must give them time to adapt to the new environment and to get used to their new home. Even then, you must start out slow and play with them, don’t play with them for several hours at a time, it’s recommended that you handle them for no more than 30 minutes a session.
Make sure you read up on the appropriate thing to feed your Geckos. Some people prefer to feed them Cockroaches, some meal worms, some wax worms and some like to feed them crickets. It’s all a personal preference but you need to read up on how to do this efficiently and the maintenance involved with each one. Also, feel free to look into gut loading if you want your gecko to be healthy.