Over the years I’ve owned a Crested Gecko. Owning a Crested Gecko has enabled me to experience various trends emerging, where individuals have not only been devising novel means to make their geckos appear attractive or aesthetic, but have also been trying to undertake things that they perceive to be fun with their Crested Geckos. While highlighting these trends, this article categorizes what to avoid and what you can do with your Crested Gecko.
Do’s and Dont’s With Crested Geckos
1. Positioning your Crested Gecko for picture taking.
For the reptile, it is stressful to pose your pet (Crested Gecko)as this involves several movements that can lead your gecko to drop its tail. From this example, you can notice that the gecko has put its eyelashes to face downwards, rather than looking upright. Certainly, the gecko was brought from its habitat to pose for a picture during the day, while it was supposed to be asleep.
It was positioned in an awkward and uncomfortable position by the owner so that he or she would have a beautiful picture, yet the gecko is seen trying to close its eyes. The stress caused to the pet would provoke it, prompting it to shed off its tail.
2. Having your gecko go swimming.
Eventually, your Crested Geckos will try to avoid taking any unnecessary dip in the water, despite Cresties emanating from an island surrounded by water. When you put your gecko in a sink full of cold water, it will swim to the side , finding its way out, which causes it unneeded stress and shock. Notably, a gecko can swim but it is not wise to let them into it.
3. Not providing a strong hanging place for your crestie
Putting your gecko to mount on a ridiculously tiny material, such as a hoodie string, then observing how it moves.
Crested geckos are accustomed to jumping into huge leaves and thick branches. Less space to mount brings them agitation and stress as they work their way toward a safer place, which is your body.
3. Letting your crestie outside.
When you put it outside, you encourage it to explore new hiding places, such that even after taking it inside it will still look for ways of leaving its habitat towards the newfound hiding areas.
Several plants we encounter in our daily lives are toxic or dangerous for Crested Geckos, the reason why bioactive arrangements require a broad range of plants. The view of a gecko sitted by a branch alongside some flowers is fascinating. However, your gecko will still be stressed by the huge environment you expose it to. Such is the view of a gecko that is let out in the flowers:
4. Excessive feeding
Excess feeding your gecko so that it appears to be slightly overweight. A slightly overfed gecko will appear pretty. A plumper gecko weighing around 60-70 grams is good-looking. However, an overfed gecko becomes both lazy and exposed to serious health issues. Here is an overfed crested gecko: https://i.mgur.com/L9zNU9n.jpg
5. Placing your gecko upside down
Placing your gecko upside, while on your hand, as you watch it struggle in maintaining its grip. With its great muscles and sticky feet, your crestie can maintain its grip on a lot of materials, including your hands. They possess sharp claws such that in case they are unable to maintain this grip, they may hurt you by tearing your flesh. Further, if the crestie accidentally falls, it could get injured leading to stress afterwards.
What You Can Do
1. Play with it
Be its “huge tree” to mount onto. You do this by wearing clothes appearing to be restful to the Crestie’s feet so that it will mount on you with ease. Your crestie will find it fancy if you enable it to walk using your hands, especially if it becomes familiar with you.
2. Feed your crestie occasionally with your hands.
That is particularly recommendable if you want to familiarize with your gecko. Always be calm and use your voice in a peaceful but recognizable tone. Later, you will realize that it has become used to you and will have stopped the tendency to jump away from you. Also, stressful behavior like putting on a pancake boy or heavy breathing will fade away. at that time, you will have a nice time with your pet as it eats its food.
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3. Gently pat the head of your Crestie from time to time.
Normally, Crested Geckos don’t like their bodies being touched. They are lonely and not usually social creatures. Crested Geckos, however, enjoy a very gentle head pat. You will have a very happy gecko, if you normalize stroking it just after its eyes downwards to the area their crest starts becoming their backs.
3. Watch the behavior at night-time as they are in their tank.
Since your Crested Gecko is fully active at night, sounds of it bouncing inside the tanks and the movement on the leaves can be heard. You can set a camera in its tank as you enjoy watching from elsewhere.
4. Diet change.
Circulating Watermelon Pangea and Apricot in two days provides a great food change for my gecko. Sometimes she enjoys waxworms, reducing any chance of her getting bored.
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If you are a beginner, this list will be resourceful especially if you are curious about your new pet’s behavior. Moreover, I am certain even long-time crestie owners will find it insightful. All the best as you provide a happy stress-free life for your Crestie!