Scientific name: Correlophus ciliatus
Conservation status: Vulnerable
Higher classification: Correlophus
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Reptilia
- Order: Squamata
- Family: Diplodactylidae
- Genus: Correlophus
- Species: C. ciliatus
- Binomial name: Correlophus ciliatus
About Crested gecko
The crested gecko, New Caledonian crested gecko, Guichenot’s giant gecko or eyelash gecko is a species of gecko native to southern New Caledonia. In 1866 the crested gecko was discovered by a French zoologist named Alphone Guichenot, who is also credited with naming the species.
This species was thought extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994. Along with several Rhacodactylus species, it is being considered for protected status by the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna. It is popular in the pet trade.
Crested Geckos are expected to live 10-20 years though they are relatively new to the reptile hobby so this is a bit uncertain.
LIFE SPAN: 15-20 years
AVERAGE SIZE: 8 – 10 inches
CAGE TEMPS: Daytime- 75-80 degrees F
Crested geckos are arboreal, active, and need lots of vertical space for climbing so a tall tank is preferred. 2-3 crested geckos can be housed in a tall 29 gallon terrarium (but males are territorial so keep only one male per tank).
Crested geckos need a moderate to high humidity level; aim for 60-80 percent relative humidity.
Provide humidity with regular misting with warm filtered water. Depending on your cage set-up you may need to mist it a few times a day to keep the humidity up. Always make sure the cage is well-misted at night when the geckos are most active. Crested geckos will likely drink water droplets on leaves that are left from the mist.
A commercial crested gecko diet is usually well accepted and is the easiest way to ensure a well-balanced, nutritious diet. It can be supplemented with crickets and other prey insects (roaches, waxworms, silk worms; mealworms are best avoided due to their hard exoskelton) for variety and to allow the gecko to exercise his hunting instincts.
Any insects fed should be slightly smaller than the space between the gecko’s eyes, should be gut loaded prior to feeding and then dusted with a calcium/vitamin D3 supplement.
Crested geckos typically drink water droplets from the sides of their enclosure and from any plants or cage accessories. This is one of the reasons it is important to mist your geckos daily. It is also recommended that a small dish of clean water is present in the enclosure at all times.
Crested Geckos can drop their tails if handled improperly, however most cresteds are reluctant to drop their tails unless the tail is pinched or squeezed somehow. Most tail loss occurs from aggressive cage mates or from accidentally closing the tail in a screen top or door. Careful handling does not usually result in tail loss.
Crested gecko care
- Breeding crested geckos is as simple as having at least one healthy adult pair together. Males can usually start breeding at 9 months to a year old and females can breed as early as a year old.
- I highly recommend waiting a solid 14 months before breeding females. Females should be at the very least 35 grams before breeding assuming that they have their tail.
- Waiting until the female is 40 grams will result in a much more successful first breeding season, for that reason I highly recommend having patience and waiting to introduce the female at 40 grams. Subtract 3-5 grams for tailless females.
- Breeding groups can consist of one male and up to four or maybe five females.
- Males kept together will sometimes fight violently, especially in the presence of a female. In order to induce breeding, temperatures should be kept between 75 and 79 during the day and can drop up to 5 degrees at night.
- The enclosure should be misted lightly once or twice a day particularly in the evening, however you should not soak the cage so much that it doesn’t dry up in a few hours.
Also more: Mediterranean house gecko information
Crested gecko images