Caring for Crested Geckos

Crested Geckos were thought to be extinct until 1994 but now they are very popular in the captive reptile trade.  Originally from the New Caledonian Islands near Australia, Crested Geckos make excellent pets as they are extremely hardy and easy to keep.  Crested Gecko diets are not restricted to insects alone, there are many commercial diets available for them and they enjoy many types of fruit as well.  Most breeders will agree that the best diet plan for a Crested Gecko will be a mixture of commercial diets and insects such as appropriate sized crickets.  Insect size should be the same as the width of the geckos head.

When feeding a commercial diet please make sure to follow the directions carefully.   Crickets should be fed a couple times a week and do not overfeed with crickets, extra crickets in the cage can stress the gecko out.  When using supplements such as waxworms, or Calciworms® Leopard Geckos should be fed 3 to 5 worms 3 times a week.  Waxworms are intended to be used to add fat to a geckos diet or the occasional treat, Crested Geckos will quickly become spoiled on waxworms and may refuse other foods so use them sparingly.  CalciWorms® are used for adding the required calcium to a diet, calcium is very important so offer CalciWorms® 2 to 3 times week.  A small water bowl should also be offered.  Make sure this is not deep as babies can easily drown if they fall in.  Spray the cage with water once or twice a day, Crested Geckos tend to be more active after spraying.  

Staple Diet:
Commercial Diets and Crickets

Waxworms (to add fat) and CalciWorms® (to add calcium in a natural method)