Scientific Name: Rhacodactylus ciliatus
Ease of Care: Moderate
Approximate Arrival Size: 2 to 3 inches
Approximate Full Size: 8 inches
Native Region: New Caledonia, also captive bred
Temperament: Semi Aggressive
Diet: Commercially available crested gecko food as the majority, with insects once or twice every couple of weeks. Fresh fruit may be offered as a treat once or twice each month.
Lighting Requirements: Specialized reptile lights for viewing nocturnal animals would be a good choice for night. A basking light utilized during the day and turned off at night will keep the temperature in the proper range and allow for the required temperature drop at night.
The crested gecko become active at night when they emerge from their hiding places to feed. The Crested Gecko's unique appearance combined with its ease of care makes it an excellent pet. These lizards can be housed in groups with little territorial disputes or aggression.
Temperature range: Day 72°- 78°F Night 69°- 74°F
Housing/Habitat: An aquarium equipped with an under tank heating pad, with aspen, jungle mix, orchid bark or reptile turf as a substrate. Landscape to simulate a tropical forest with plenty of climbing area and hiding places. It is important to mist the substrate beneath the hiding places to keep it slightly damp and provide some extra humidity.