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Crested Gecko - Correlophus ciliatus 'Dalmatian' (Keeper's Choice)

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About This Product

Please note the animals in the pictures are examples only, not the exact animals we are offering. All crested geckos will be hand selected by the Keeper.

Defining Characteristics:

  • Nocturnal
  • Arboreal
  • Great first pet gecko
  • Easy to breed
  • Interesting colors and patterns

Name: Correlophus ciliatus. Commonly known as the Crested Gecko for the flimsy crests along the sides of their heads, or Eyelash Gecko for the projections on its head and above its eyes.

Benefits of buying from Josh's Frogs:

  • Exclusively fed on fruit mix and gutloaded crickets - this means well-fed, healthy animals
  • Crested Geckos are 1 month or older and are around 2 grams in weight. They are very robust for their age.
  • Bred by experienced herpetoculturists with a combined experience of over 10 years with the genus
  • Live arrival and health guarantee unsurpassed in the reptile industry
Recommended Terrarium Size: A  12x12x18 terrarium is suitable for 1 baby or juvenile, but there's nothing wrong with providing extra space! An 18x18x24 will comfortably house 2 adults. Be careful when cohabbing crested geckos, especially of the opposite sex.

Coco fiber or a mix of coco fiber and peat moss works well as a substrate, as well as our ABG mix or Tropical BioBedding. Provide branches, standing cork, or tall or hanging plants to make your arboreal geckos feel at home.

Want to spice up your enclosure with live plants? Our experts have curated kits of easy-to-care-for and SAFE plants for your crestie. Check them out here!

Temperature (°F): Keep Crested Geckos at 72-78. They cannot tolerate temperatures at or above 85°. Do not let your crested geckos get excessively warm, as high temps can quickly be lethal.

A digital thermometer is recommended to monitor the temperature of your enclosure.

Humidity: Crested geckos like it humid. Provide a water bowl and mist frequently enough to maintain humidity at about 60-70%. Substrate can be allowed to just dry out between mistings, but it should not be bone dry or soaking wet.

We recommend measuring your humidity levels with a digital hygrometer.

Size: At hatching, crested geckos measure about 1-2 inches.Juvenile geckos sold by Josh's Frogs measure approximately 4-5 inches.Adult Crested Geckos measure up to about 7-9 inches. 

Age: Crested geckos can live 15-20 years in captivity with proper care. In the wild, their lifespan is estimated to be roughly 5-15 years.

All Crested Geckos sold by Josh's Frogs will be 1+ month old at the time of sale.

Feeding: Crested Geckos are omnivores. They thrive on a staple diet of fruit mixes (such as Pangea and Repashy) and may also be offered crickets or dubia roaches. Waxworms, black soldier fly larvae, and butterworms make a great occasional treat.

All feeder insects should be dusted with a vitamin/mineral supplement and fed in an escape-proof bowl.

Sexing: Sexing Crested Geckos is fairly easy—males have visible bulges at the base of their tail. Animals are typically sexable by 5-6 months of age.

Juveniles sold by Josh's Frogs are not sexed.

Color/Pattern: Crested Geckos come in a variety of colors and patterns. Dalmatians aren’t a real morph but are more considered as an independent trait of a gecko. The dalmatian “morph” can be combined with all kinds of other morphs. They also have spots that vary in color and size. There are black, red, yellow, orange/green and white spots in total.

Social Behavior: Crested geckos are fine housed alone. As juveniles, they can be housed in groups, but this may result in the occasional gecko losing its tail (while the tail will not grow back, they will thrive just as well without it). Adults can be housed in groups, but no more than one male should be housed per enclosure.

Breeding: Breeding mature crested geckos is easy. Breeding season runs from December to August. Females will lay 2 eggs every 30-45 days during this period. Males may be removed to give the females a break.

Natural Range: Crested geckos are native to New Caledonia.

History in the Hobby: Crested geckos were thought to be extinct in the wild until they were rediscovered in 1994. Once established in captivity, they thrived and became very popular. While no longer available for export, these hardy geckos are now widely available through captive breeding.

Links of Interest:

  • Reptiles Magazine - Crested Geckos - a good basic caresheet for the Crested Gecko
  • Josh’s Frogs Crested Gecko Care Sheet - our take on Crested Gecko Care
  • Crested Gecko Care Kits - get all the supplies you need to take care of a Crested Gecko
  • Crested Geckos for Sale - see what other Crested Geckos we have to offer!
  • Josh's Frogs Caring for Crested Gecko Blog

Shipping

After placing an order containing a live animal, you will receive a scheduling email containing our JotForm scheduling link to schedule your new pet's delivery date.

With this scheduling link, you will be able to schedule your order's delivery up to 30 days in advance. You will be able to choose a date of delivery for Tuesday-Saturday (Saturday arrival depends on the carrier's service availability) with the estimated time of arrival generally being 12pm, or 4:30pm for more rural areas. Overnight lows must be above 40°F to ship directly to you (or above 30°F for FedEx Ship Center pickups) as well as below 90°F by estimated time of arrival.

If you require further assistance, or prefer to talk to one of our Customer Service agents, please feel free to reach out to our [email protected] email or our phone line 1-800-691-8178.

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