Crested Geckos, The Right Pet for Me?
Posted on August 13, 2017
Clint talks specifically about the crested gecko (Correlophus ciliatus), weighing the merits of these WONDERFUL little creatures so you can decide if they are the right pet for you.
Repashy Crested Gecko Diet:
Pangea Fruit Mix For Crested Geckos:
Clarks Gecko Diet (Repashy and Pangea as well):
0:20 Crested Geckos get an overall score of 4.0 out of 5.
0:30 Score criteria: Handleability, Care, Hardiness, Availability, Upfront Costs.
0:47 Handleability: How well does a Crested Gecko do with handling?
2:48 Care: What is involved with caring for Crested Geckos?
4:15 Hardiness: How hardy are Crested Geckos?
5:38 Availability: How easy is it to obtain Crested Gecko?
6:30 Upfront Costs: How much does it cost to get setup with a Crested Gecko?
7:44 Conclusion: Crested Geckos are great and deserve an overall score of 4.0.
8:31 JUMP CUT! (literally)
Good jump, I like that! Aren’t they fun? How could you not love that?
I assume you’re here because you want to know more about the crested gecko. I’m glad you came. If you’re wondering, “Gosh what the heck is a crested gecko? I don’t know if I want a crested gecko or not,” you should check out this video right here.
Crested geckos are fantastic. We’ve given them an overall score of four out of five. We’re going to talk about why exactly they got a score of four out of five instead of five out of five. It’s going to come down to our five criteria which are: handleability, care, hardiness, availability, and upfront costs. These things all factor into what kind of a pet reptile is the crested gecko for the first time reptile keeper.
So let’s start out with handleability. You can probably tell they’re fairly easy to handle, but you can see from the way they’ve been acting up until now, they can be a little bit jumpy. That’s okay. That’s kind of fun. This gecko that I’m holding actually very rarely jumps. For that reason he’s not my favorite one to interact with. I actually like them when they explore a little bit more, jump around. I don’t want me to be panicky and some are panicky. I’ll show you in a few minutes that he’s a little bit too active. Their different personalities though are a lot of fun. You get to know each individual gecko. Have a great time. Like I was saying, it varies, depending on the individual, how springy they might be. And you might want to look into that. You might want to try handling your gecko before you pick one. If you like one that’s a nutjob, then this gecko is for you. If you like one that’s super calm, then this gecko is for you. And if you like something in the middle, find one that’s in the middle. What I have found is the way that they act as babies is usually the way that they act as adults. Though they’re gonna mellow out some. But a springy baby will be a springy adult and a mellow baby will be a mellow adult. But they’re kind of fun. Both are fun. Just find the personality type that you like. You probably wouldn’t want to hand them over to a small child or something because rough handling could easily lead to serious injury for the gecko. They can lose their tail anytime they want to. You can see this gecko here has lost his tail. So we were moving and he decided, “Gosh I think from now on I’d rather not have a tail.” But I kind of love their little tails too. They’re semi prehensile, which means they can kind of grab things with them. Fun little tail. I also like to get them without a tail because it’s the main thing I worry about. You can handle them easily they’re not fast. They don’t zip away from you, generally speaking. They don’t stress out, as long as you keep handling, to a reasonable amount. They’re not going to stress out on you and it’s not going to hurt you. I’ve been bit by these geckos before. Not a big deal. Might draw like a single drop of blood but that’s never killed anyone, (unless you’re part of the royal family). Love them. Good to handle. For these reasons, it gets a 4 out of 5.
Care. Let’s talk about care. These get a 4 out of 5 for care. Main reason that they don’t get a 5 out of 5 is because they do require daily maintenance every day. You’re going to need to spray them probably morning and evening. You’re going to spray the tank enough so that there are water droplets and things for the Gecko to drink but not so much that the enclosure is soaked or stays damp throughout the whole day. That can lead to other problems like respiratory infections. A little bit of misting morning and evening. Now that’s the main daily care. You’re also going to need to feed them every other day, but that’s not super uncommon, and feeding them is easy, and wonderful. Some crested geckos will take live insect feeders but not all of them. What they’re all going to need is some sort of pre formulated crested gecko diet, like Clark’s diet, Pangea, Repashy. We’ve got links right there. There are a lot of really good crested gecko diets. Different flavors. And people find that some geckos take certain flavors better than others, certain brands better than others. So what you might want to do is get a small quantity to start with. Test it out. See what your gecko likes. But it’s easy. It’s about one part crested gecko diet, two points water. Off you go. Humidity is a little bit of a big deal, but what’s going to be a bigger deal for them is that you don’t get it all really humid or overly hot. In the long term these are not very expensive pets to keep. Not at all. Once you’ve got a decent enclosure, larger if you’re going to keep multiple individuals, though I wouldn’t recommend this unless you’re intending to breed them.
As far as hardiness goes, we give them a score of 3 out of 5. A few of the things that that can cause the premature death of your crested gecko (one of the fastest way to kill them), would be rough handling. They’re relatively small animals. Delicate, soft, wonderful, not well defended, no armor. If you squeeze one, or kick one, or step on one, it’s going to be devastating for the gecko. So don’t do that. Other ways that you could end up shortening the life of your crested geckos is if you keep it too humid or not humid enough. You know, if you’re not misting them on a daily basis, they could die of dehydration. If you’re misting them so much that it’s soaking in their aquarium or their enclosure all the time, they can get respiratory infections and die prematurely. Don’t do that. A nice, gentle misting morning and evening, but not so much that the enclosure stays damp, would be just perfect. Temperature will kill them very quickly if you get them too hot. The temperature that they’re best suited to is room temperature, which is just wonderful! You just don’t want them to get too hot for very long. So as long as you’re keeping them right around 65 to 75 degrees, that would be ideal. If it starts to get too much hotter than that, you could actually lose a gecko pretty quickly. So if your house fluctuates in heat dramatically during the day, crested geckos might not be for you. That’s why hardiness we’re giving them a three out of five, but pretty great.
As for availability, we’re giving these guys a score of four out of five, because if you go right to the breeder then they’re going to know they’re geckos and you’re going to be able to look at a whole bunch of different geckos and you’re going to be able to interact with a whole bunch of different geckos and you’re going to be able to pick the gecko that’s right for you. There are breeders all over the place because they’re fun and easy to breed. So there are a lot of breeders all around. Find a good one. And that’s where I’d recommend getting one. However, you can also get them at expos – that’s where you can meet breeders so go to a reptile expo meet a reptile breeder. You’ll find some springy ones and you’ll find some mellow ones and you can pick the one that’s right for you. Some pet stories are going to have crested geckos, not all of them. Wouldn’t be my first choice of places to get one but if you find one at a pet store that has a personality type that you like and you feel like it’s been well cared for – probably just fine. They got them from a breeder somewhere because they’re not importing them from New Caledonia.
When it comes to upfront cost we’re giving these guys a five out of five – a perfect score! Because these guys are fairly affordable. You can get a crested gecko for $30 at an expo, or directly from the breeder, or here’s the thing: crested geckos are highly polymorphic. Which means they come in all kinds of colors. Like look how dark this one is, look how light that one is. I mean all kinds of patterns, spots, no spots, stripes down them, no stripes, white on the side, solid color geckos – they come in all kinds of colors. And depending on how they look, a lot of times has to do with how much people are willing to pay for them. So you can pick up a crested gecko for way cheap or you can pay a few thousand dollars for it – depending on what you want it to look like. When it comes to housing a crested gecko, that’s also fairly affordable and there are a lot of good ways to do it. As long as they’ve got good cover. And we’re going to do a whole video on just how to house a crested gecko and check that out too. That said, housing them fairly easy to do and like I said we’ll have a whole video on it. It doesn’t need any extra heat – unless your house gets down to like 50 degrees. I’ve been bragging about how calm this guy is now off he goes. When when it comes to animal price, like we said, very affordable to very expensive but in general anybody can afford a crested gecko.
So with that our final score for the crested gecko is 4.0 out of 5. Frankly we probably won’t give anything a much higher score than that because every reptile on the planet has got pros and cons. And sometimes what’s just perfect for one person isn’t perfect for another and so we want you to know what you’re getting yourself into before you get yourself into it. The crested gecko is a marvelous choice.
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Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! …I, I was like dying… …five… …like I was saying it varies depending on the individual… …one, if you like one that’s a nut job… …so let’s start out… …and a lot of… …four out of five… …some sort of… That was a good jump. Go again go again. They bring the both legs forward and then off they go. Marvelous! Oh, and you’re gone.