This species was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered, after a tropical storm, in 1994. It was soon discovered that they settled well in captivity, bred easily, and had the bonus of being quite brightly coloured with strong patterning. Since their rediscovery they have become one of the most common species of pet gecko. This gecko is a species native to southern New Caledonia.
Crested Geckos Diet
Unlike most gecko species, crested geckos are omnivorous. Not only do they eat insects, but in the wild they will also take fruit and nectar from flowers. In captivity, this means they are particularly easy to keep happy; there are several brands of powdered complete food that can be mixed into a paste, and the addition of suitably gut loaded and dusted feeder insects such as crickets, small locusts and waxworms up to three times a week, means that it is fairly easy to meet their nutritional needs.
How should I keep my Crested Gecko?
Crested geckos should be kept in a vivarium controlled precisely under specific requirements to ensure the best environment for your gecko. It’s good to have plenty of hiding spots, such as leafy plants to climb onto, for your crested gecko to take shelter from the vivarium lighting.
Crested geckos are nocturnal reptiles, so are active at nighttime. However, they can benefit from having around 12 hours light each day. This can be provided through blue LED lights which don’t add any additional heat to the vivarium
Additional heat equipment is not usually needed as they are happiest between 20-26C. But a heat mat can be used to keep a more stable environment, as over 28C can be harmful.
Humidity is important for crested gecko environments as they lick moisture from leaves instead of drinking from a water dish. The vivarium should be kept at 60% – 80% relative humidity.