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Baby crested geckos hatch out between 1.5 & 2 grams and are considered juveniles until they hit sexable weight, often at 16 grams. An adult crested gecko ranges from 35-55+ grams for females, while males are considered “adult” around 25 grams, when they are likely to successfully mate with a female.
Exo Terra 12x12x18 Glass Terrarium This Exo Terra 12x12x18 Glass Terrarium is ideal for housing a young crested gecko. A screen top provides adequate ventilation for the animal, while insuring that it does not escape, or other pets/children do not easily get in to the habitat.
Crested geckos are nocturnal and spend their time during the day in cover, being mostly inactive and hiding. Adult size: A fully-grown crested gecko can be 8 inches (20 cm) to 10 inches (25 cm) long.
Crested Gecko Growth Chart
|8 months||13 grams|
|9 months||17 grams|
|10 months||21 grams|
|11 months||25 grams|
In general, your crested gecko might be so small and not growing because it is not housed in a proper cage, temperatures and humidity are not correct, or it is ill (parasites, calcium and/or vitamin D3 deficiency) and more. A healthy crested gecko should be gaining around 1 gram each month.
A gecko that looks on the underweight side, could be dehydrated. When they are dehydrated, they have a sunken appearance, which makes them look skinny.
Terrarium plants are absolutely essential for your crested gecko. Every terrarium should contain at least one or two plants, depending on the size of the terrarium. The main reasons for getting terrarium plants are: the plants will create a naturalistic looking terrarium.
Sand. Never use pure sand in a crested gecko’s terrarium. There is a big misconception that crested geckos are tropical lizards and that you need sand for creating a naturalistic environment. Sand can cause impaction in crested geckos, and is not what cresties have as a substrate in their habitat.
If a bowl of water is provided, it should be refreshed daily. If paper towels are used as a substrate, do not wait longer than 3 days to remove and replace them. Real plants should be removed and cleaned by wiping down and spraying off (including the underside of the leaves) monthly at least.
No, you shouldn’t bathe your Crested Geckos as they hardly need baths. Maintaining a correct humid environment is enough. By bathing your Crested Gecko, you’ll be inflicting stress on it. However, there can be situations when giving a sauna to your Gecko can help, especially when they get overheated.