Information about Cresties

The Correlophus ciliatus or crested gecko is an arboreal gecko living in an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, with the name of New Caledonia, 210 kilometers (750 miles) east of Australia. They are crepuscular animals, their activity begins at dusk and ends at dawn. During the day they hide or sometimes you can find them in the sun.

They are very active animals that like to jump and climb. Features that will be promoted for its proper development. A crested nonactive  often ist a sick  crested.

Due to their arboreal life for that reason they need high terrariums. The minimum dimensions as our criteria for a terrarium for an adult is 60 cm high and 40 cm in width and length, you should always be higher up the remaining measures. Need places to hide, for example cork tubes . And it’s good to have UVB lights during the day, as it helps their metabolism. And you have to control their photoperiod and change depending on the time of year.


In their natural habitat have a mild and tropical, so in terrarium will need at least 60% humidity. The temperature is maintained between 18 ° C and 28 ° C (minimum and maximum). The ideal summer temperature is 22 ° C at night and 27 ° C day, 23 ° C in winter and 17 º C.

To keep these parameters are better glass terrariums or pvc. Although mesh terrariums or wood are also valid provided that these parameters. We spary water at the beginning of the night. It depends on our climate and temperature, we give them warmth.

These animals feed on insects: crickets, blapticas, runners, worms (mealworm: or Zophobas mealworms, worms honey) and eat fruit, except: citrus (not good for their metabolism and their intestinal flora), and can  give fruit purees. There are commercial preparations which carry all our geckos needed, such as: Repashy.


Their diet should be completed with: calcium, vitamin D3, minerals, etc., and can give it through the live food, live food sprinkled with the supplement, or enter into mashed. I love honey and we can give them occasionally. The food should be given to them at the beginning of the night.


The Winter Break

From early November to early January should decrease slowly in the terrarium: moisture, temperature, photoperiod and food intake because …. Winter is here! This allows animals to rest and thus with increasing temperatures will be more vigorous and energetic, ready to breed.

Breeding season

We recommend that females have a minimum weight of 30g,because lay eggs cost alot of energies and calcium,etc. We have to separate males and females throughout the year and only time together when is the breeding period. Then once started copulations in some weeks we have two beautiful eggs.

When we find the eggs are recommended to make a mark on the top, to place them as the female had, after our management. A fertilized egg has veins like a donut shaped. 


In the incubator have to control the temperature (22-25 ° C) and humidity (80-90%) for 60-80-….can reach 100 days (this depends of the incubation temperature) . If eggs shrivel and note that they are fertile (with embryo) mesurar replace it in moisture and that if the deflation is viable signal this to come down too, and then  we have to wet the substrate incubation .


When the babies are born, they will be some time without eating, because they still have reserves of egg yolk. But we give of the first day we will give you a cricket, suitable to its dimensions (minicrickets), sprinkled with the corresponding supplements and a tupperware, allowing us to control the intake of our children. We put the fry in medium sized tupperware upright or in greenhouses ikea detachable properly equipped, with kitchen paper substrate and a tube of cork, allow us to have the conditions in which we have the pups under control at all moment. With a month old  we start giving them fruits or Repashy. And that’s it!


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