Help!

From health to feeding to behavior, crested gecko care can be challenging if you have just one question. We’ve assembled the most common topics that new and experience keepers alike need help with. Remember that nothing exists in isolation and that what you think is a single issue is actually related to a wider range of husbandry conditions. We want to make sure you are feeding the right diet and housing your crested gecko appropriately.

Food & Health

My crested gecko isn’t eating!
What fruits are safe?
What bugs are safe?
Does he have Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD)?
What is Floppy Tail Syndrom (FTS)?
Is he growing?
Oops, his tail fell off!

Housing

What is the total cost of owning a crested gecko?
What’s the best substrate?

Behavior

My gecko’s feet aren’t sticking!

Breeding

(Coming Soon!)

20 thoughts on “Help!

    • Sounds like he is sick or has a nutritional deficiency which can lead to MBD. Signs include weakness and soft bones, leading to a mouth that hangs open. A vet trip is definitely my recommendation.

  1. I have a question about providing heat. We are doing research before buying our crested gecko and are still unsure whether we need a heat lamp or pad or neither. We keep our home thermostat at 64-70 over the winter. We have had a thermometer set up in the room where we plan to keep the gecko and the lowest temp had been 63. I think that we should provide a heat source but I am not sure how or when. I would prefer a heat pad to a lamp as I seems it would be safer for my daughter’s room.

    • If your gecko seems active at that temperature, I wouldn’t worry about a heat source. 70s are ideal but having a winter dormant period is fine unless the gecko is thin and lethargic. They are naturally less active in winter but they should respond to handling and warming up. If you do chose to use a heat source, it depends on what kind of enclosure you have. A very warm heat pad can melt plastic, and can also overheat a small tank. A low-wattage red lightbulb used for heating reptiles at night can be useful, or a ceramic heat emitter which does not produce light. Use it at night while they are active, but make sure the tank never reaches 80 degrees with whichever heating method you use. Good luck!

  2. Thanks for the info on heating. We started with no heat and she buried herself in the moss at the bottom and wouldn’t come out. We are now providing heat with a red bulb and use a dimmer switch to keep the temp at low to mid 70s and she is out and about and climbing again. I do have a question about how much to feed her. She is about 4 months old and eats well. We started feeding her with the zoo med powder they had been feeding her at the pet store which she was happy with and we just switched her to Repashy and she is inhaling it! I can find no guidelines on how much to Repashy to feed her and I want to make sure she is getting enough food but I don’t want to over feed her. We feed her in a gatorade cap every evening and by the following afternoon it has all gone. Should we increase the amount we are giving her? Should we feed her more less often since I see many people saying they only feed every 2-3 days? Thanks for any input you can give.

    • I think a Gatorade cap every other night would be fine. Some will eat whenever they have food available but adults (and juveniles) do well when fed every other day to three days.

  3. I spent most of my money of my crested gecko and I don’t have enough to go buy cricks or another bugs from him. I was wondering if it was bad if I just feed my crested gecko cricks that I caught from my yard.

    • Please do not do that. They could have pesticide or herbicide residue. Do you have Crested Gecko Diet? That’s what they should eat between feeding of live food. If you don’t have that, you can give a one time feeding of mashed fruit like papaya or mango. But truly CGD is the most cost effective and time saving way of feeding your gecko.

  4. I just bought two crested geckos. A boy and girl. We took them home and the boy was all of a sudden limp and you could out him on his back and he would lay there. We tried to cool him down and put him in the tank then we held him and he jump onto me from sitting next to Me and his tail fell off. Now he is bearly moving at all and its hard to see him breathing. It’s there something else wrong or just new home stress and no tail stress?

    • It sounds a lot like stress. If by cool him down you mean he got over the recommended high temperature (80 degrees F), then that could really cause heat stress. Moving to new homes is always stressful. They are nocturnal and you shouldn’t see them moving around during the day. When they are sleeping or resting, they don’t breath as fast as when they are being handled or moving around on their own. Make sure he has water in his tank, that he stays under 80 degrees, and minimize handling as much as possible. This will help him acclimate to his new surroundings. Good luck!

  5. Hello.
    I recently bought a baby crested gecko from the Tucson Reptile Show. I got him some Pangea, but he rarely eats it. I bought him some crickets from Petco and he loved them. He acts like he has never seen the Pangea or Repashy before and he only eats crickets. I will leave CGD in his tank, but he will go for days without eating it until he gets crickets. I am just wondering if I should be worried about how he eats and if it is bad for him to eat calcium dusted crickets 2 to 3 times a week.
    Thanks!

    • A baby should definitely eat a good commercial diet such as Pangea or Repashy as their primary food, with crickets once a week; twice is ok if he eats his CGD! Hold off on crickets until you know he’s eating. A couple of weeks with only the CGD available will let you know if the poops you find are from the food or the bugs. If you still haven’t seen poop, you can try putting a dab of food on his nose or dunk a cricket in the food. Many geckos can go a few weeks without eating after arriving at a new home, so don’t worry if it takes some more time for him to adapt. Moving prey is often more enticing than a bowl of food! Once you re-introduce crickets make sure they are gutloaded with fresh fruit or veggies in addition to being dusted, that makes them much more nutritious. Good luck!

  6. My crested gecko had a pro rep jelly pot as a treat last night and now he is active during the day. It has only been one day but can these treats make them super hyper. He usually sleeps all day. Today that has changed! He is seven months old, please help, I am worried about him.

    • It’s likely a coincidence that he was hyper from sugar or dyes in the jelly pot, but he may be looking for another treat if he liked the taste of it. One every couple of months probably isn’t bad for him but I don’t recommend those as treats. I prefer mashed fruit every two weeks and live food once a week if you are looking to vary their diet. Hopefully he’s settled down now!

  7. My husband and I bought a crested gecko from a co-worker of mine. My husband is concerned that he isn’t active enough anymore. We recently had to buy new bulbs and are also concerned that it might be too hot. The temperature stays under 80° but just. Any tricks of keeping the humidity up in the tank?

    • If the cage is small, 80 degrees might be very overwhelming if he can’t escape that constant heat. If the room he is in is heated, he should be fine at a constant 70-75. Heat is more dangerous than cold in most situations.

  8. Hi, I’m a rookie crested gecko owner. I have 3. One on its own and another set up with a male and female, which I just got from a private party about a month ago. Well to my surprise when I checked on them this morning I noticed 2 eggs that were next to them. I have no idea what I should do. Can you give me some advice? I’m not a breeder or don’t want to be but I want to do the best I can for these 2 eggs. Thanks!

    • Hi Micheal! We chatted on Facebook but for any other visitors to the page, they should know that whenever you have a male and female together, you become a breeder. :) They breed prolifically. Good luck with the eggs! You will likely get more even if the male is separated from the female as they store sperm.

  9. Hi, I just got a crested gecko this past weekend from someone selling them at a reptile expo. I have an adult male gecko, and he seems to be very skittish around human contact. From what it sounded like from the woman I bought him from, it seems he was rarely ever handled due to her trying to keep him in “pristine” condition (I’m assuming that means she was trying to avoid him dropping his tail). How do you recommend me going about trying to get him comfort with being handled?
    And one more thing that I think is really odd with him is during the day he sleeps out in broad daylight. When I was doing research on them, I learned they prefer hiding during the day. I do not have an actual light on him but his tank is about a foot or two away from a window, so he can tell when it’s day vs night… Should I be concerned about him doing this?

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