plz read if you have a crested gecko.

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plz read if you have a crested gecko.

Post by purplepincher » Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:30 pm

i am getting a crestie soon! hooray!
does anyone have any tips for setting up the enclosure? i have researched well and i just want a few more tips before i purchase him. i even picked out the purchase place! :D :D :D :D
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Post by PinchersAndShells » Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:23 am

Reptichip or Ecoearth are good substrates if you aren’t doing live plants, I don’t have a crested gecko but I spend a lot of my time in reptile groups learning about things. Reptichip is similar to Ecoearth but it’s chunks of coconut husk. Holds in humidity which they really like in their enclosure. :) The enclosure should be taller as opposed to being long.
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Post by wodesorel » Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:10 am

Think tall, think high, and think tons of hiding places. In the wild they live high in trees and hide from predators, and they want to do the same thing at home to be comfortable.

Mine likes to sit up as high as he can in the tank, which is about 6 feet from the floor. He also likes to hide in all the nooks and crannies with his nose sticking out. I went with a Zoomed skyscraper tank since it's three feet of climbing space. Taller is much more important than wider.

Repashy food is excellent. They started coming out with limited edition flavors and mine is going crazy for the Cherry Bomb and Mulberry Madness, in addition to the others.

Make sure they can't overheat, as high temps are deadly. Below 80 is safe. They shouldn't get too chilled at night, into the 60s is good. I have a thermostat controlled heater on mine set to 72 since my room gets really cold, and he moves around the tank as needed. Image

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Post by GotButterflies » Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:33 am

wodesorel wrote:Think tall, think high, and think tons of hiding places. In the wild they live high in trees and hide from predators, and they want to do the same thing at home to be comfortable.

Mine likes to sit up as high as he can in the tank, which is about 6 feet from the floor. He also likes to hide in all the nooks and crannies with his nose sticking out. I went with a Zoomed skyscraper tank since it's three feet of climbing space. Taller is much more important than wider.

Repashy food is excellent. They started coming out with limited edition flavors and mine is going crazy for the Cherry Bomb and Mulberry Madness, in addition to the others.

Make sure they can't overheat, as high temps are deadly. Below 80 is safe. They shouldn't get too chilled at night, into the 60s is good. I have a thermostat controlled heater on mine set to 72 since my room gets really cold, and he moves around the tank as needed. Image

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Post by purplepincher » Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:20 am

that is so cool! i already have an enclosure picked out, im going with zoomed. thanks for the advice! how do i pick out a healthy gecko?
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Post by wodesorel » Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:00 pm

Healthy weight, no ribs visible. No stuck shed. No drooling, open mouth, bubbles, or audible breathing. Firm poops. If it's older check its vent (underside) for any dry or blackened skin.

Try to purchase from someone with a good reputation. Mass bred reptiles are prone to a disease called cryptosporidiosis (in geckos called stick tail) which is incurable, extremely contagious to other reptiles, impossible to clean, and fatal.

Keep in mind that their tails will pop off from bad handling, getting it caught, and sometimes for no reason at all, so it doesn't matter if they have one or not.

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Post by purplepincher » Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:25 pm

are gargoyle geckos good too? i cant find a good cage setup.
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Post by wodesorel » Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:33 pm

I believe they have similar care, but they cost a lot more.

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