Young crested geckos are only 3-4 inches long, but plan for how big it will be when full grown. It’s best to start with a 20-gallon long tank, which will serve as a good habitat for the life of your gecko. The cage should be lined with a coconut bark or other moisture holding material. Include several branches for your gecko to climb, as well as plastic or live plants and a hollow half-log for hiding.
Crested geckos need high humidity (60-90%). Monitor the tank with a humidity gage and mist the sides 2-3 times a day.
Like all reptiles, crested geckos are cold blooded, which means their internal temperature is controlled by their external environment. Crested geckos, however, are one of the few reptiles that do not require a heat lamp, and being nocturnal, they do not need full spectrum UVA/UVB lighting, although this lighting has proven beneficial. They should be under fluorescent lights for 10-12 hours a day. If you have questions, ask the experts at The Animal Store.
Set crested gecko habitat temperatures as follows:
- daytime temperature — 75-80°F ; not higher than 84°F
- evening temperature — not lower than 65°F