Once you have selected a tank for your new pet, you will need to begin the crested gecko tank setup. This is relatively easy and requires the essentials of substrate, habitat objects, correct temperature, humidity and lighting. Once you have established these essentials, give your crested gecko time to acclimate to its new environment.
Many crested gecko keepers simply use newspaper or paper towels as substrate to keep clean-up easy. This is also preferable for young geckos, since they may inadvertently consume substrate while they are eating. Additionally, if you are breeding geckos the female’s eggs may be difficult to find in other substrates.
If you want a more aesthetically appealing habitat for your mature crested gecko, you can use a natural material such as bark, moss, sterile potting soil or coconut fiber. You can also use reptile carpet available in pet stores. The key things to keep in mind are that the substrate should hold moisture to aid in the overall humidity of the enclosure and be kept clean.
The crested gecko requires sturdy plants on which to climb and many hiding spaces. Live plants such as pothos and ficus are good choices. You can also use silk or plastic, which are easier to clean. Extra foliage can also provide good hiding places for the crested gecko.
Numerous hides should be placed around the tank, as well as branches for climbing. Some crested gecko keepers use egg cartons placed vertically to create hides and climbing places. If you prefer a more aesthetic, natural look you can provide plenty of cork, branches and plants that are good for both hiding and climbing.
Temperature, Humidity and Lighting
There are no overtly strict requirements of temperature, humidity and lighting for the crested gecko. They can be kept at room temperature and provided with indirect light from a window during the day to help them keep with the natural light cycle. If you wish to observe your crested gecko at night, you can place a red infrared bulb near the tank.
The temperature should never go above 83o or below 65o. The humidity level should be 70% and can be kept consistent with daily misting of the tank and its contents. Provide fresh water in a shallow dish for the gecko’s hydration and for aiding in humidity. Note, however, that the crested gecko gets most of its water from droplets off of leaves left from misting.
These are the basics for crested gecko tank setup. You can add more decoration, plants or branches as your gecko becomes acclimated to its captive habitat. Give them several weeks to become comfortable and to feel secure in their new home. Once they have acclimated, you can enjoy them for many years.