So You Want to Purchase a Crested Gecko?
If you are interested in obtaining a reptile as a pet, choosing to purchase a crested gecko may be a great start. They are relatively easy to care for and are available through many breeders and sellers. When you are new to taking care of a reptile, just be sure to do your research and find out as much as possible about the crested gecko.
As with any reptile, the crested gecko is not your typical pet. It does require constant care. They are not cuddly and should not be handled excessively; although, they can be quite interesting to watch and actually have unique personalities and temperaments.
The crested gecko has a life expectancy of up to 20 years and therefore you should be prepared to care for the animal for a long time. They will become a part of your daily routine, as you maintain their habitat and feed them. Eventually, you may wish to obtain several crested geckos in order to breed them.
Breeding the crested gecko is simple, but you will want to be prepared. If you intend not to keep the hatchlings, you will want to consider your options for selling them. Placing a crested gecko in a good home is quite different from placing a cat or dog, which you can take to the local animal shelter.
The crested gecko is a perfect reptile specimen for those just starting out with this type of pet. Their housing and feeding requirements are not that difficult and with the increase in their popularity, supplies and healthcare are not difficult to find.
You will definitely want to find a local exotic animal veterinarian, as a general vet will not have the extensive knowledge of the species. The crested gecko rarely gets sick if well taken care of, but you should have help available if necessary.
Before you purchase a crested gecko, do your research. Check out books at the library and go online to learn as much as you can about the crested gecko and their care. Check with a few breeders and suppliers, as they often have different morphs available. You may prefer one better than another.
Owning a crested gecko is not a novelty. It is a serious responsibility that can be quite rewarding. Do your research and when you find the perfect crested gecko for you, take good care of it and you will be rewarded with a healthy and very interesting pet.