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White Crested Gecko

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Some albino leopard gecko morphs keep patterns, while others are patternless. Different albino leopard gecko morphs and crosses have unique appearances.
While your leopard gecko doesn’t need UV to survive, it does need a day and night cycle. Use full-spectrum lighting, or UV lighting, for 12 hours a day. Keep the enclosure dark for the other 12 hours. This allows the gecko to live out its natural nocturnal habits.

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Every leopard gecko needs a temperature gradient. They’re cold-blooded and move around to adjust their body temperature. Aim to provide the following temperatures in their enclosure:From proper husbandry and habitat guidance, to articles on health concerns, diet, and extensive care guides, Reptile Guide is here to educate everyone on all things reptiles.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this article about albino leopard geckos. If you want to learn more about these fascinating animals, check out our other leopard gecko content.
These animals produce less or no melanin. Melanin helps create dark colors, meaning these animals are much lighter, and brighter than their normal cousins.Crosses of these animals have varied results. Most leopard geckos have brown eyes, and the offspring of a Bell crossed with another morph also often have brown eyes.

The albino leopard gecko morph has less color and is often a shade of peach or yellow. Depending on the morphs involved, an albino may also have peach or silver eyes.
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Are crested geckos cuddly?
Please note: crested geckos are not cuddly pets. They don’t like being picked up or carried. These animals are, however, great to watch.
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Are white crested geckos rare?
Despite the change in color when it is fired up, the crested gecko still has a solid white color – and that, in itself, is very rare to breed and produce.
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What does an unhealthy crested gecko look like?
It should have a clear ear vent and nose, smooth skin, and adults should have a little heft to them. Sunken eyes and wrinkly skin could be a sign of dehydration, and an extremely lethargic gecko might be sick.
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Crested geckos are beautiful lizards and are known for their patterns and colors, also called morphs. Some reptiles, like chameleons, can change their color and blend in with their environment. But do crested geckos have the ability to change color?
Crested geckos are limited in their ability to change color and can’t do this of their own will. However, they will change their color when they grow up or are exposed to specific environmental triggers. Another way that causes the color of your gecko to change temporarily is the shed cycle.If you’re interested in stickers or other products of crested geckos, you can always visit our Etsy Shop, which is called Artful Animalia. We currently only send stickers in the United States. If you’re interested in certain crested gecko-related products, don’t hesitate to contact us.This site contains affiliate links to products we recommend and use ourselves. We may receive a commission for purchases that you make through these links. If you’re interested in learning more about our affiliate links, please visit our (affiliate) disclaimer.

If you’re interested in getting crested geckos as pets you should also definitely read our article about baby and juvenile crested gecko care or (adult) crested gecko care.Moonglow or white-colored crested geckos are sometimes being sold at high prices because of their unique color. There’s a lot of discussions about whether or not a true moonglow exists. This is because many moonglow crested geckos are fired down and have other colors when they fire up.

Crested geckos can change their color. A color change can be caused just by growing older. Hatchlings and juveniles usually have a different or other shade of color than when they’re adults. Another color-changing process is called “firing up”. This process depends on various factors.
Although Crested Geckos are nocturnal and do not require much direct exposure to sunlight, there is growing evidence that exposure to low levels of UV light is beneficial to their overall health and encourages natural behaviours. A 5% UV light should be used to help the gecko use the calcium from its diet. Crested Geckos can tolerate handling but they can be nervous and jumpy so please be patient. If they are terrified, then they can drop their tails which will not grow back. Children should always be supervised with any animals and as they are expert climbers, care should be taken to avoid your Crested Gecko escaping whilst handling. Be aware that they can become too cold if kept out of the enclosure for a long time in cold weather. Do not handle your Crested Gecko for at least 24 hours when you first take them home to allow them to settle into the new surroundings. It is important for hygiene reasons to wash your hands with an anti-bacterial hand wash before and after handling your Crested Gecko. Crested geckos require higher humidity and lower temperatures than most commonly kept reptile species, so a glass terrarium is a great choice for them. Because crested geckos are arboreal they will need more height than depth, and a 45 x 45 x 60cm (18 x 18 x 24”) is the minimum size for a single crested gecko. Bigger is better though and we would advise going for the bigger enclosure, such as the 60 x 45 x 60cm (24 x 18 x 24”). While shedding, they can become less “sticky” from going into shed, so it’s a good practice to provide a crested gecko with a Reptihammock. As these geckos are nocturnal, it is important to provide cover for hiding behind during the day. Plastic and silk plants are great for this. Crested geckos are also masters of their arboreal domain, and will very much appreciate a variety of climbing structures within their tank. Do not over clutter the tank. Leave plenty of open space.Pets Corner’s opinion is that crested geckos thrive when they are fed a complete powdered diet, such as Repashy that is supplemented with insects. Repashy is mixed with two parts water and offered in shallow dishes three times a week as much as these geckos will eat at a feeding. The diet is allowed to remain 24 to 36 hours before removal. With regards to insects, locusts are the best choice and you should select a size where the length of locust equals the width of the head. locusts should be lightly coated with Calcidust every meal. Also on alternate days, the insects must be lightly dusted with a vitamin D3 supplement such as Nutrobal. A shallow dish of water should be placed in the bottom of your crested gecko’s terrarium. Keep it constantly full.

Are crested geckos good pets?
Crested geckos are one of the most popular lizard pets. And this is all for a reason – crested geckos make amazing pets. Crested geckos are good pet lizards for both beginners and advanced keepers. They have a lot to offer – their amazing personalities and looks will not fail to amaze you!
The substrate used with crested geckos should be one that not only promotes humidity but is easy to spot clean as well. Orchid bark, cypress mulch, coco bedding, or a combination are all excellent choices. Patches of sphagnum moss not only adds interest and beauty to the enclosure but will further aid in humidity management.

Crested geckos require a day time temperature range of 22°C in the cool end to a maximum of 27°C in the warm end (72°F to 80°F) with the optimum being 24°C to 26°C (75°F to 78°F). It is important to note that if the temperature exceeds 28°C crested geckos do not fare well and prolonged temperatures above 30°C will prove fatal. These temperatures can be achieved by using a heat mat mounted on the outside of a wall, controlled by a thermostat and monitored with an accurate thermometer
Crested geckos do require moderate humidity. This can be accomplished by misting the cage once or twice a day. Ideally, the humidity level should not drop below 50%. Crested geckos should get several hours of higher humidity (80-100%) every day to ensure that they shed properly. Misting heavily once or twice a day will achieve the required higher humidity levels. To monitor humidity levels customers should be encouraged to purchase an inexpensive hygrometer (relative humidity gauge) for use within the enclosure.By continuing to browse or by clicking “Accept All Cookies,” you agree to the storing of first- and third-party cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts. Cookie Policy

What is the most friendliest gecko?
The leopard gecko is a popular choice for most beginner lizard owners due to their slow, docile attitude and simple, low-maintenance care needs. Leopard geckos come with a coat of dark spots, like a leopard cat. However, their colors range from yellow to white to orange.
Crested geckos are one of the most popular lizard pets. And this is all for a reason – crested geckos make amazing pets. Crested geckos are good pet lizards for both beginners and advanced keepers. They have a lot to offer – their amazing personalities and looks will not fail to amaze you! Crested geckos are naturally found on the islands of New Caledonia, located near Australia and Fiji. Crested geckos are arboreal, meaning that they like climbing trees and shrubs in their natural environment. Crested geckos have sticky pads on their toes which allows them to climb smooth surfaces, including glass. Crested geckos are nocturnal and spend their time during the day in cover, being mostly inactive and hiding.A Lilly White crested gecko is a high white crested gecko. The tail will be solid white from the base to the tip with no breakage when looking at the tail from a top view and the eyes will be a silvery grey colour.Lilly Whites geckos are not usually bred to other Lilly Whites geckos due to high fatality in the off-spring. However, pairing a Lilly White to a non-Lilly White gecko should result in Lilly White and non-Lilly White offspring.Lilly white is one of the first recognized gene variants to occur within the captive-bred population. The breeder who founded this trait was Lilly Exotics.

Are white geckos rare?
Albino leopard geckos aren’t rare. The Tremper albino was the first leopard gecko morph with a degree of albinism. As a result, it’s the most common albino morph. Breeders only developed the Bell albino much later. Some people classify it as one of the top ten rarest leopard gecko morphs.
Over the course of a few months it became clear that around half of the offspring were Lilly Whites and the remainder were normal looking harlequins. It seemed reasonable to assume that we were dealing with a dominant/co-dominant trait, with the Lilly White being the co-dom form. The obvious aim now was to breed Lilly White x Lilly White to see if there is a dominant or ‘super’ form that would exaggerate or alter the pattern and colour as is routinely seen in ball pythons.

Lilly White crested geckos will have white/cream colouring along the belly. You will be able to see the white/cream colouring from underneath your gecko up to the lower laterals. This is likely to spread as the gecko ages. The white/creamy colour along the lower lateral with show slightly raised compared to the base of the gecko.
In late 2010, we randomly hatched out an incredible gecko – a pinstripe-looking animal but with stunning white/cream colouring. It was completely different to anything we had hatched before, or had seen elsewhere and was obviously going to be a keeper.As luck would have it, our little ‘Lilly White’ baby turned out to be a male. In 2012, we bred him to three young virgin adult females and soon we were in possession of several pearly white eggs.

Is it better to have 2 crested geckos?
Crested geckos are solitary animals that are best kept alone. You can usually keep female crested geckos together without any problems. However, keeping multiple males together is often the cause of fights. Lastly, a single male and a female crested gecko shouldn’t be kept together permanently.
In 2014, we found out the answer………. and the answer is yes and no. Yes in that the ‘super’ form is a uniform white leucistic gecko but no in that sadly the leucistic offspring do not seem viable and either don’t hatch or die shortly afterwards. This is a known phenomenon in some types of leucistic morphs in other reptiles. We have tried with different geckos with the same end result so far. As we have not yet hatched a viable leucistic crested gecko, we have not given a name to this ‘super’ form.

Baby Lilly White crested geckos are likely to appear less white along the dorsal and laterals with a yellowish or orange colour that fades with age, however they should still have a solid white tail. The underneath of the tail can show pattern and colour but it will not cross over to the top half of the tail. The tip of the tail may have a slightly different colour or even slight grey colouring but it will not create a pattern that you see in non-Lilly White geckos.
Lilly White crested geckos will have white/cream colouring along the belly. You will be able to see the white/cream colouring from underneath your gecko up to the lower laterals. This is likely to spread as the gecko ages. The white/creamy colour along the lower lateral with show slightly raised compared to the base of the gecko…

Fast forward a couple of months and the very first egg to hatch was a replica of the father, suggesting the trait was genetic. The second egg that hatched was normal looking as were the third, and the fourth. Then hatched another Lilly White.While crested geckos can be a carrier of Salmonella, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get a crested gecko. You should be careful when you handle a crestie and when you clean their terrarium. But when you read the rest of this article, you will know what risky behavior is and how you can avoid getting an infection. Salmonella is a group of bacteria that live in the intestinal tract of animals. These bacteria cause a bacterial disease called Salmonellosis. You or someone you know might have got Salmonella from contaminated food and such an infection is often called food poisoning in daily life. What is less known is that a Salmonella infection can also be caused by contact with animals. Crested geckos can be the carrier of the Salmonella bacteria without signs that they’re sick. Always take the proper precautions to prevent transmission of the bacteria to you, your children, or people with weakened immune systems.Animals can be the carrier of diseases that we humans can get by interacting or eating them. While you won’t eat your pet, you do have to interact in many ways with them. Reptiles are one of the carriers of the Salmonella bacteria, but does your pet crested gecko carry it? In this article, you’ll learn what Salmonella is, if all crested geckos are a carrier of Salmonella, and how the bacteria can be transmitted to humans. I’ll also provide you some safety tips to prevent the transmission of the bacteria and some useful links if you want to know more about the infection in general. Having an account with us will allow you to check out faster in the future, store multiple addresses, view and track your orders in your account, and more.We have a small collection of red and cream pinstripe harlequin crested geckos and a few red lilly whites. Over the next couple of years we plan to continue producing top quality red crested geckos.

What is the rarest gecko color?
The rarest crested gecko morphs include the Red Tiger, Dark Fire, Green Flame, Red Harlequin, Lavender, and Moonglow. The most common morph is the striped morph. Blue crested geckos are real, but rare and bred in captivity. The cheapest rarest morph is the harlequin, which can cost around $200.
This combination is the worst. The males will be territorial and will fight each other for dominance and hierarchy. The males will also try to breed with the female and chase it. Little is known about the social structure of crested geckos in the wild. We can’t also conclude anything from the social structure of other species of geckos. In our current knowledge, there are no signs that crested geckos get lonely. Crested geckos have less complex emotions and don’t need a companion. They won’t get health issues when they’re kept as solitary pets in a terrarium.The question of whether or not it’s OK to keep crested geckos in a group is discussed on many forums and Facebook groups. A minority has positive experiences with keeping crested geckos in a group. Most owners will advise against it.

This article will get more in-depth on crested geckos’ social behavior towards other crested geckos and a little bit towards humans. More importantly, you’ll learn which configurations of crested geckos can work and which have a high risk of failure.

Crested geckos are solitary animals that are best kept alone. You can usually keep female crested geckos together without any problems. However, keeping multiple males together is often the cause of fights. Lastly, a single male and a female crested gecko shouldn’t be kept together permanently.
One of the principles in taking care of a pet is to keep it in its natural social structure. You should keep group animals in a group and solitary animals alone. For this reason, it’s essential to know about your pet’s social behavior, in this case, the crested gecko.Female crested geckos can be kept in a small group with minimal risk of fighting. Females are less territorial but can establish a hierarchy. Most female crested geckos have a higher social tolerance and stay friendly towards each other.

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There are many different types of cages that can be used. All screen cages do provide ample climbing room but it is harder to keep the humidity up in them, sterilite containers can also be used for housing but be sure to provide ventilation by cutting out a section for mesh or cut holes in it using a drill or wood burning tool. If mold is growing you need more ventilation.

Crested Geckos do not need any form of supplemental heating or lighting, this is what makes them such an easy pet to keep. They do well at daytime temperatures ranging from 74 – 78 and night time temperatures around 70 – 72. Room temperature works well as long as your house does not get above 82 or below 60.

Height is more important than width as crested geckos like to climb vines, trees, and plants. A hide box can be provided on the floor of the cage, they seem to enjoy a safe dark place to curl up and sleep during the day. We use paper towels or newspaper as a substrate, it’s easy to clean up and haven’t had any impaction problems using it.

We are a Crested Gecko Breeder in Central Illinois. Heartland Crested Geckos offers a wide selection of high end crested geckos for sale. We have grown from a small hobby breeder and expanded to represent a large number of different morphs. We aim to have a wide selection of baby, juvenile and adult crested geckos available for sale and we strive to focus on quality and only breed geckos we believe to be an excellent representation of each morph.
We feed our crested geckos Repashy and Pangea Crested Gecko diets, These MRP diets have all the nutrients in it that your crested gecko needs and are very easy to prepare all you have to do is mix the powder with water.Our breeder crested geckos are selected based on their structure, temperament and colors. We enjoy a wide variety of gecko morphs including pinstripes, harlequins, yellows, reds, oranges, super Dalmatians, extreme harlequin and of course our gorgeous Lilly White crested geckos!

We try to post new crested geckos for sale often so please subscribe to our newsletter and our Facebook page and we will update you with our availability.This is when a gram scale really comes in handy. Geckos less than 10g can be kept in a small kritter keeper. Adults should be kept in no smaller than a 20 gallon.

There doesn’t seem to be a magic number when it comes to humidity. What I do is provide fresh drinking water in a shallow bowl every day and I also mist the cage each night. In the winter I mist morning and evening because our house if very dry from the furnace. It is important to provide a humidity cycle. Let the cage completely dry out between mistings. Spraying too much will grow mold which can make your gecko sick. Dehydration can also have adverse effects so be sure to watch for wrinkling of the skin and lethargy. If you keep the temperatures within a safe range, provide fresh water every day and mist nightly you shouldn’t have a problem with dehydration. You should try to shoot for around 60% humidity with spikes to 80% after misting. This vivosun pump sprayer works well for us, just remember as with any pump sprayer don’t over pump it and it will last a long time. We use cookies to analyze website traffic and optimize your website experience. By accepting our use of cookies, your data will be aggregated with all other user data. I have some adult crested geckos that enjoy crickets and Dubia roaches and some that do not. The adults that like live insects receive them once a week. All babies and juveniles get gut loaded crickets and or dubia roaches dusted with calcium at least once or twice a week. When feeding crickets be sure they are gut loaded (fed a nutritious meal) a day prior to feeding to your crested. Some local pet stores sell crickets that are already gut loaded. Never feed insects you caught yourself.To help your crested gecko feel secure in his home be sure to provide plenty of climbing and hiding places. You can purchase fake silk plants from your local craft stores and repti vines from a pet store. There are many many choices when it comes to housing and decorations.The terrarium should have a high humidity level: 60% during the day and up to 90% at night. Little lamps will keep them warm enough. But too much heat will cause stress. As well as live prey, crested geckos also eat fruit.Crested geckos have little spikes near their eyes that look like eyelashes. They form a ridge at both sides of the head that runs along the body to the tail. These animals can be gray, brown, green, yellow or red and can have a range of different markings e.g. stripes or spots. Males shouldn’t be kept together because they don’t get on. You can either keep males separately or keep a pair of females (while you’re starting out).

Choose an enclosure that is solid on at least three of its four sides in order to retain proper humidity inside it. A screen top and front panel will provide plenty of ventilation while still being able to retain humidity better than an all-screen enclosure. To create more humidity in an all-screen enclosure, fasten a sheet of durable plastic or Plexiglas to the outside walls using a thick, double-sided tape, leaving one side open for ventilation.

What does it mean when your crested gecko is white?
Crested geckos, like other reptiles, shed their old skin and replace it with new skin. A few days before the shedding starts, you’ll notice that your crestie becomes greyer or even turn pale. A grey or pale color is normal when your crested gecko is shedding. So there’s no reason to become concerned.
The Repashy Superfoods Crested Gecko Diet and the Gorgeous Gecko Gourmet Crested Gecko Diet are both excellent balanced diets. Mixed with water, they create a soupy mixture geckos will lap up from a shallow dish. When offered, these foods need to be replaced within 24 hours because by the second night, all of their vitamins and many nutrients will have oxidized and fermentation will have begun. The food might look okay, but it will no longer possess the optimal nutritional values.Long branches of sterilized wood, bamboo or tubes of cork bark and even PVC tubing can be included as climbing sites. There is an array of arboreal hides and feeding ledges available that attach to the side of the cage using magnets; these are perfect for crested geckos. Ground shelters such as coco huts and caves can also be placed on the bottom of the cage for geckos to retreat to during daylight hours.

Can I kiss my crested gecko?
You should preferably do it outside or in a garage to prevent contamination of your tub and shower with the bacteria. never kiss or touch noses with your crested gecko: this only increases the risk of transmission of bacteria.
Crested geckos will not grow back their tails if dropped. In fact, most wild crested geckos do not have tails. A crested gecko will detach its tail in defense, leaving it behind to flop around and distract a would-be predator while the gecko flees to safety. In captivity, simply being startled or held too tightly can cause pet crested geckos to feel threatened and drop their tails. Those without their tails should not be considered any less beautiful, however. I have several tailless cresteds, and consider them just as beautiful as the ones with tails.One of the crested gecko’s most fascinating and entertaining abilities is being able to clean its eyes with its tongue. You will often see them licking their eyeballs after a good misting. Look closely, too, to see the crested gecko’s trademark hint of a smile. And as if these physical attributes were not endearing or interesting enough, the crested gecko also has sticky toe pads equipped with lamellae (microscopic cilia hairs) that allows it to climb vertical surfaces with ease.You can use tap water after filtering the chlorine out; a water pitcher equipped with a simple charcoal filter will do so. Water that has had its natural minerals removed, such as reverse osmosis and distilled water, is not suitable for any reptile, including the crested gecko. Offering this type of water can be potentially harmful over the long term because water depleted of its minerals will require minerals to be leached from the gecko’s body in order to be properly absorbed.

If you want to have a naturalistic look in your crested gecko enclosure by including live, pesticide-free plants, then UV bulbs will be needed. If you go this route, suspend the light fixture above the enclosure rather than resting it directly on top of the screen top. Even a low-watt bulb (I wouldn’t recommend anything more than 15 watts) can quickly heat up a metal screen top. Nighttime bulbs can also produce considerable heat, so be sure to monitor those, as well. What I have found to be an effective and cool-looking night light is a small string of red holiday lights bunched up on top of the enclosure. It doesn’t make the screen too hot, looks beautiful, and it allows nighttime viewing of your crested geckos.
During the winter months it can be difficult to maintain higher humidity levels. Adding a moist hide can help, especially if you’ve got young geckos that are more prone to stuck sheds. Fill a plastic container with a moistened substrate such as sphagnum moss with a hole cut into the lid. The container and the hole should be large enough to allow your geckos to enter and burrow into the moss. For adults, I use a 7 by 4 by 4-inch plastic food container; a smaller container can be used for smaller geckos.

Crested geckos are nocturnal and do not require a UVA/UVB bulb if a proper diet is fed that contains dietary vitamin D3. They will most likely hide during the day and will not need any basking lights or heating elements.
Crested geckos love to jump and climb. Their arboreal nature makes them the perfect candidates for an enclosure with lots of vines, branches and other climbing surfaces. I highly recommend anything that extends from the top of the enclosure to the bottom. Attach a twistable artificial vine to the underside of the screen top and let it spiral down to the floor of the cage. I entwine a long, plastic plant along the length of the vine, as well. A sturdy floral wire threaded through the screen can be used to attach plants and vines to the top.There are also designer, and typically more expensive, crested morphs, such as Calico or Tri-color, Sorbet Swirl, Reverse or Phantom Pinstripe, Super Harlequin and Super Dalmatian.

Because of this gecko’s arboreal nature, the height of a crested gecko enclosure is more important than its length. A Plexiglas or glass enclosure measuring 23 inches tall by 16 inches wide by 15 inches deep can comfortably house a couple of adult crested geckos. Do not house more than one adult male together because they will most likely fight. Younger geckos can be housed in groups in smaller enclosures and thinned out to smaller groups when moved to larger enclosures as they grow.
When adding a new gecko to an existing colony, a minimum 60-day quarantine period is required. I always recommend taking a fecal sample to your vet right away to check for pin worms, hookworms or other parasites. These can piggyback on some feeder insects and be ingested in small doses, and it is common for reptiles to harbor a small parasite load without showing signs of ill health. Then all it may take is a stressful situation, such as moving your gecko’s habitat or a change in enclosure temperature, to create a window of opportunity for a parasite to thrive and make your gecko sick.

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The ideal temperature range for their enclosure is between 68 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, which is generally room temperature for most households. If your home is regularly warmer than 82 degrees, a crested gecko is not the gecko for you. Hardy as these geckos are, overheating is their weakness, and they will die rather quickly if overheated.Wild crested geckos eat nectar as well as insects, and some people recommend fruit-flavored baby food for pet geckos. I do not! In recent years, powdered diets created especially for crested geckos have become available that, when mixed with water, make it easy for gecko keepers to provide their pets with the proper nutrition. Years of research have gone into formulating a properly balanced diet for the crested gecko and in no way does baby food come close to fitting the bill. The biggest misconception about this is that you can add a little of the good diet to the bad, and doing so will make it nutritious. A properly formulated diet contains a balance of all the required nutrients so that they can be absorbed optimally. Complete diets should not be added to or blended with anything else other than water. Doing so may greatly affect how your gecko absorbs the essential nutrients it needs to stay healthy.Although its coloration in the wild tends to be earth tones of brown, green and red, years of selective captive breeding have resulted in crested geckos now being available in an array of colors and patterns. It is this gecko’s polymorphic trait that has sparked the interest of so many. One of the most hardy and low-maintenance geckos available today, it can make a wonderful pet the entire family can enjoy. “Cresteds,” or “cresties,” as they are commonly called, are docile in nature and relatively calm and easy to handle as pets. The gecko gets its common name from the crests that run along both sides of its diamond-shaped head. Although it may look prickly, a crested gecko’s skin actually has a soft, suede feel to it. It has no eyelids, but a large scale called a brille protects each of its eyes.The ideal humidity range for a crested gecko enclosure is between 55 and 80 percent. A combination thermometer/hygrometer, often available at pet stores that sell reptile supplies, should be kept inside the enclosure to monitor temperature and humidity. Use a spray bottle to mist the enclosure with water; once in the morning and once in the evening will usually maintain a healthy humidity level while allowing a short dry-out period during the day, which helps to reduce bacteria overgrowth resulting from excessive moisture. Your crested geckos will look forward to the nightly spray down, and they will lap up water droplets from the plants and sides of the enclosure.