Crested Gecko

Crested Gecko Pet Profile

Size 4-8 in (10-20 cm)
Lifespan 10-20 years
Active During the night
Food Crickets, mealworms, fruit
How to keep them In a terrarium
Number of animals At least two females


Crested geckos have little spikes near their eyes that look like eyelashes. They form a ridge at both sides of the head that runs along the body to the tail. These animals can be gray, brown, green, yellow or red and can have a range of different markings e.g. stripes or spots. Males shouldn’t be kept together because they don’t get on. You can either keep males separately or keep a pair of females (while you’re starting out).

Please note: crested geckos are not cuddly pets. They don’t like being picked up or carried. These animals are, however, great to watch.

How to Keep Them

Terrarium: at least 30x24x40 in (80x60x100 cm) per animal (W x H x D)

The terrarium should have a high humidity level: 60 % during the day and up to 90 % at night. Little lamps will keep them warm enough. But too much heat will cause stress. As well as live prey, crested geckos also eat fruit.

Crested Gecko Crested Gecko - Photo: Audrey Snider-Bell/Shutterstock

Crested Gecko Crested Gecko - Photo: Peter Krejzl/Shutterstock

Crested Gecko Crested Gecko - Photo: Sebastian Janicki/Shutterstock

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