Not all pets have to be furry friends! We learned about crested geckos and how they are great for anyone looking for a low maintenance pet.
These geckos have tiny projections over their eyes, which resemble eyelashes.They also have two rows of soft spines along their sides. They don’t have eyelids- instead, they have transparent scales over their eyes that they lick to keep moist.
Both males and females reach lengths of around 4 to 4.5 inches, not counting the tails. Crested geckos are semi-arboreal, which means they spend most of their time in small trees. This means they need upright tanks, which take up less desk space than your average reptile. Adult crested geckos should have at least a 20 gallon tank or larger.
Crested geckos live at room temperature and are nocturnal, so their set up is relatively easy and low-maintenance. They do not require any special heat lamp or light. Though they need moderate humidity, this can be accomplished by misting the tank once or twice a day.
Crested geckos are omnivorous and eat both fruits and insects in the wild. You can make a Pangea crested gecko diet, which has already been formulated to contain all of the essential fats, proteins, minerals, and vitamins they need. Its super easy to prepare- its comes as a powder, and you just mix it with water until it becomes an apple-sauce like consistency. You can also supplement their diet with live insects such as small crickets.
Although they may be a little jumpy as juveniles, as adults they are usually calm and tolerate handling very well. They do well with short periods of handling, and are very happy to spend all day sleeping in their tanks.
With proper care, crested geckos can live up to 15 to 20 years.