Crested Gecko

Crested geckos were an easy addiction for us. It started with one, grew to several, then came the breeding for dalmation. Our main goal is inkspot dalmation with fine crests and extra port holes. A side project, which we don't have stock for yet, will be creating lily white copies with whitewash and tri-colors. Currently we have a dalmation breeding trio in a forested vivarium. 


Below the care information you can find a morph chart for crested geckos and a gallery of our personal geckos.



Crested Gecko Care and Information
(Correlophus ciliatus)


Size: Approx 8 inches with tail
Lifespan: 15 to 20 years in captivity
Temperament: Varies greatly to both extremes


Diet
Crested geckos need a specialized diet in the form of commercially available powder. Water is added to turn it to a paste and some brands come in several different flavors. Live insects such as crickets and dubia roaches can supplement their diet but is not required. NEVER feed your crested baby food as this will weaken their bones so severely they can break their jaw from simple activities like jumping. There are many proper diets that can be easily purchased online or in some pet stores. A $10 bag can last a gecko several months, so cost is extremely low. There is no excuse to feed your gecko baby food. 


This guide from Moon Valley Reptiles compares all commercial crested gecko diets and ranks them. It is extremely useful and should be referenced when you are deciding which to feed your crested.


Water
These geckos do not have special water requirements but do need a constant source of fresh water in a shallow dish.


Heat and Humidity
Cresteds are nocturnal and do not require special UVB lighting or heating, or any lighting at all. A decorative light can be added to show off the enclosure but it should not be too harsh and be turned off before dusk. They are sensitive to high temperatures. At 85 f degrees they can die from the heat. They can also die if they become too cold at around 65 f. Keeping them in average room temperature with no added heating is recommended.

Crested geckos love humidity but too much can cause their skin to slough off and substrate to mold so a balance needs to be maintained. Once a day the enclosure should be misted heavily. If the enclosure is not able to completely dry out inbetween mistings more ventilation needs to be added until it can. 


Enclosure
These geckos love a forested enclosure with many branches and leaves. The leaf cover should create dark spots where the gecko can escape the daylight to sleep. Driftwood can offer smooth and beautiful branches for their acrobatic habits. Some geckos will sleep on the walls behind foliage and others like to sleep under the substrate. For this reason we give ours brown paper bedding designed for rodents so they can burrow under to sleep, as all of ours do nearly every day. The brown color looks natural, is easy to clean, and is too large for them to ingest accidentally. If you don't want to go with paper bedding make sure to avoid substrate too small like sand or toxic like some wood shavings. If you want a natural habitat coconut bedding works well as it will not cause impaction like sand, just watch for mold.

The actual enclosure needs height instead width. A ten gallon turned on its end can work well with a custom fitted door for a single smaller gecko. There are also cages made specifically for reptiles that need tall enclosures and they have swinging glass doors at the front for easy access. They are definitely worth the price as they can be turned into beautiful habitats that the crested gecko will love.

Hatchling geckos and small geckos need a small enclosure until they age. They can get lost and be unable to find food and water, and a large space can cause them to feel insecure and stressed.

Tails and Handling
Some crested geckos will allow handling but care should be given to avoid the tail. Reasons for geckos dropping their tail is overcrowding, stress, being startled, or the tail being pulled. It is extremely rare for a gecko to "drop its tail for no reason". The best time to handle your gecko is at dusk, or if they already awake and climbing around their enclosure. Gently tap the enclosure or talk to them to alert them to you coming. When handling your gecko scoop them up from the belly and let them walk on you. Avoid putting pressure on the tail and it shouldn't pop off in your hands. Tail loss does'nt effect a gecko's mobility but it's a stressful event for the gecko and is visually displeasing to some keepers.


Crested Gecko Morphs

Crested Geckos come in many colors, shades, patterns, and shapes. They can be striped like a tiger, spotted like a dalmation, rich brown like chocolate, yellow as the sun, and even wearing a crown. 

If you're wondering what to call your gecko take a look at the chart below. It covers the most common colors, patterns, and body features.

Our Collection

This is the collection of crested geckos currently in our care. Parents as well as future parents have pictures and descriptions. Every hatchling from our adults are also displayed below.

Sumi
Coming from MT Exotics this female will be the star of our breeding project someday. She is easy to handle and very docile, with great bold blush and heavy spotting. We hope she will end up with some ink spots as well. She is still under a year old so she has plenty of time to get super spotty.

Sumi Has The Following Traits
Super Dalmation
Partial Pinstripe
Buckskin/Yellow Color
Knee Caps + Fringe
​Portholes
Blush
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Finetec
Our most recent addition coming from an unknown local breeder this little male  has 101 spots and is only a couple months old. We are super excited to see how the spots develop and hope there will be ink spots as several spots are already close together with many more coming in.

Finetec Has The Following Traits
Super Dalmation
Partial Pinstripe
Cream Color

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Quinoa
Quinoa Said like harleQUIN instead of keenwa. This female has few spots but produces amazing spotty and calm offspring and she has the best personality of all the geckos. She seems to enjoy being out and will find a shoulder to perch on for hours, without scaling down the back or leaping onto nearby walls unlike some other geckos. 

Quinoa Has The Following Traits 
Tri-Color Dalmation
Lavander base, Yellow + Olive pattern
Dashed Pinstipe
Red Spots
Knee Caps 
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​ Vinca
The female who gave us the first clutch, she is jumpy and never sits still. Great to watch in the vivarium but not so much for trying to handle or get pictures of. She was tailless when we got her and also has two extra perfect toes with perfect function. We previously believed her toes were caused by incubation but after a hatchling recieved the toes she will be retired. It still however seems rare enough to not be an issue, and both her and her offspring's toes are properly attached and pose no threat to health.

Vinca Has The Following Traits 

Extreme Harlequin Dalmation
Olive base, Orange pattern
Low partial Pinstripe
Knee Caps + White Fringe
Polydactl
​ Blush
Red Spot
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Name Yet To Be Discovered
A young, probable female, dalmation who doesnt look much from the top but half her spots lie hidden on her belly. An interesting gene we hope to work into our line so every inch of the gecko, top and bottom, is covered in spots. She's unfortunalty extemely skittish, even after some work, so until her fears are settled we can only get picture of her in a container.

This Gecko Has The Following Traits
Super dalmation
Belly Spots/Freckles
Red Spots (low)
Knee Caps + White Frindge
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​​​Chad
An embodiment of the steryotypical chad character. He's handsome and has ego, acts like he owns the place, and gets with any female nearby then tries to bail at first chance when the door is opened. He accepts being handled but will spring to any surface nearby. What he lacks in good personality he makes up for with beautiful offspring and gentle handling of the females. He used to have floppy tail as he previously slept upsidedown everynight with his tail straight up but that was corrected soon after we got him. When he was a hatchling he was bold orange, but has mellowed out into a nice light cream. We suspect his offspring will do the same.

Chad Has The Following Traits 
(Faint) Extreme Harlequin Dalmation
Low Partial pinstripe
Red + Ink + Green Spots
Large Portholes
Knee Caps + White Fringe
Blush
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The Hatchlings
We love taking pictures of our hatchlings so we can look back at their progress and see how they've changed. Each one of our hatchlings are housed separate from eachother to prevent stress and tail loss. We have 100% tail retention so far, even with frequent handling. Below you can see atleast one picture of every hatchling we've produced. If you have one of our geckos you can scroll through to find their baby picture!

Any date on a picture is the hatch date of the hatchling. Gram weights seen are what they weighed at the time of the picture. Also listed is their hatch order and parents.