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Eyelash Crested Gecko

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Traits & behavior

Omnivores
This means they eat both plant and animal matter.

Nocturnal
This means they sleep during the day and are active at night.

Easily tamed
They will tame nicely with frequent, gentle handling as juveniles.

Colorful
These geckos come in a variety of colors, including orange, purple, pink, brown and gray.
 

Things to remember

Supervision
Always supervise children when they're interacting with your eyelash crested gecko.

Handling
Give your pet 3-4 days to adjust to his new surroundings, then try holding him for short amounts of time. Take care to never handle him by the tail - it could break off.

Food safety

  • Insects - Remove uneaten insects from the habitat in the morning following nighttime feeding
  • Prepared foods - Moist foods require their own dish and should be removed from the habitat after four hours to prevent spoilage

Safety & cleanliness
Please remember that all pets may bite or scratch, and may transmit disease to humans. Keep your pet's home clean and wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning his home. Infants, young children, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, and the infirm or elderly are at greater risk of infections and should use caution when in contact with the pet or its habitat. Consult your doctor for more information.
 

Nutrition

Prepared food

Choose a prepared diet made especially for crested geckos.

Baby food
Human baby food is also a good choice. Create a mixture of two parts fruit (like peaches or apricots) to one part meat (like turkey or chicken).

Feeding frequency & amount
Feed juveniles twice a day; adults 3-4 times a week - offer an amount that can be consumed within four hours.

Crickets

Once a week, offer live, "gut loaded" crickets (feed the crickets a special supplement so they have extra nutrients).

Calcium dust
"Dust" the insects with a calcium supplement prior to feeding - ask a PetSmart associate for details.

Water
Provide drinking water in a shallow dish and change it daily.

Health

Signs of a healthy eyelash crested gecko:

  • Curious, active behavior
  • Clear, alert eyes
  • Eats and drinks normally
  • Clear nostrils, breathes easily
  • Well-formed droppings every 2-3 days

Things to watch for:

  • Runny droppings or red streaks in droppings for more than two days
  • Lethargic behavior
  • Eating or drinking less; weight loss
  • Swollen joints
  • Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth

If you notice any of the signs above, please consult an experienced Reptile Veterinarian as soon as possible.
 

Habitat

Housing
Use a 25-gallon or larger, tall glass or glass/screen terrarium with a screen lid for proper ventilation.

Humidity
Thoroughly mist the habitat twice a day to maintain a humidity level between 60-80%. Use a hygrometer (humidity gauge) to help you keep track.

Temperatures

  • Day - Maintain a daytime temperature between 75-85° F
  • Night - Maintain a nighttime temperature between 65-75° F
  • Place a thermometer in the home to monitor temperature

Plants
Use artificial or live plants (pothos or ficus) to create hiding and climbing areas.

Bedding
Line the home with a 2"-3" layer of coconut fiber or bark bedding. Clean out waste weekly and change bedding at least once a month.

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