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 gone from strength to strength, and are now one of the commonest species of pet gecko.
Unlike most gecko species, cresties 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 means that all their nutritional needs can be met.
Although the island they originally come from is classified as tropical, crested geckos do not like too much heat. They do like a warm area, but the background should be at around room temperature – temperatures over 30 deg c are dangerous.
Another long lived species, 15 years seems to be about average.