This gecko is also called "crested gecko" and if you take a look at one you'll understand why.
Just above the eyes they have these eyelash kind of things called crests.
This species was thought to be extinct for several years. This all changed in 1994 when, after a tropical storm, a crested gecko was found on Īle Des Pines, an Islans near to Grande Terre, New-Caledonia. After that they found more of them and a few were imported to the USA by Frank Fast en Phillippe de Vosjoli.
From there they began breeding them and by now it's the most kept New Caledonian gecko.
The Crested gecko will reach a size of approximately 20 cm long (from head to tail tipp), but often their size is mesured in SVL (Snout to vent lenght). This is because they sometimes drop their tail, and they don't regenerate them (like most reptiles do). In the wild there are almost no cresties with a tail, they simply don't need them. The SVL of a Crested gecko is about 10-12 cm.
A fully mature gecko (with tail) can weight about 40 grams, but some will grow larger. They still haven't found out how old thet can get. But when looking at the few who were collected in 1994, and the state they are in, estimated it that they can reach an age of almost 25 years.
After 12-14 months and 40 grams the crested gecko is sexually mature. By that time they are easy to sex. The males show a distinct Hemipenal bulge at the tail base by that age. The females have no bulge.
When they are about 10 grams, a crestie sometimes can be loupe sexed. You can look for preanal pores on males (females don't have these).
Keeping crested gecko's
Crested geckos are quite easy to keep.
The like to climb so a high vivarium is recommended. A vivaruim with a size of 50x50x70 cm is fine for a pair.
They don't require special lighting (since they are nocturnal) and no high temperatures. We keep them on room temperature (22-25 degrees centigrade daytime and 20-22 degreed centigrade at night) with a low wattage light bulb.
Just make sure they have plenty places to hide and lot's of climbing to prevent them from getting "Floppy-tail".
As substrate we use Jungle bark,this gives the vivarium a natural look.
The humidity should be around 70%. You can reach this by misting the vivarium once or twice a day. We use artificial plants in all our vivariums cause they are easy to clean, but you can also use real plants. Just make sure they are not poisonous.
Crested geckos just love to eat! They eat fruit, insects and even mice.
We give them Repashy Crested MRP three times a week.
One in a month we will mash up some fresh fruit, they just love kiwi! Never give then citrus fruit! Their stomach will react bad to the acid.
Every once in a while we give them crickets or roaches (Blaptica Dunia), so they will have something to hunt.