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The best reptile for a beginner!
New Caledonian Crested Gecko
Member Name: Sallerina84
New Caledonian Crested Gecko
Advantages: Easy to care for, very entertaining and easy to handle
Disadvantages: Can drop their tails, and don't regrow
After falling in love with Crested Geckos after seeing them on a TV program, I researched them, as I am not an experienced reptile keeper and knew that some reptiles can be tricky to care for.
I bought a gecko shortly after!
After researching them, I discovered that Crested Gecko's are actually very easy to care for.
They come from New Caledonia, an island off the coast of Australia. It is the only place in the world that they are found in the wild, and exporting them is now illegal. So, any Crestie's found in pet shops in the UK, will have been born and bred here, rather than imported.
Because these gecko's were only re-discovered in 1994, keeping them as pets is a relatively new thing, and thus people are still learning about them. The average life span in capitivity is thought to be somewhere between 15 and 25 years.
These gecko's do not need a constant source of heat like many other reptiles do, so long as your house is fairly warm (20c upwards), then your Crestie will not require another source of heat. Do be careful for temperatures not to rise above 28c though, as this will cause stress to the gecko.
The fact they can live at room temperature makes caring for Crestie's very easy, and what makes it even easier is they can live purely off a pre-mixed "gecko food" that comes in the form of a powder. It contains all vitamins and minerals that your gecko will need. However, in order for the gecko to have variety and not get sick of eating the same thing all the time, it is highly recommended that this gecko mix is also supplemented with fresh fruits (mango and banana seems popular) and crickets or wax worms. Any additional food such as this needs to be dusted with a calcium powder, that is readily available in large pet stores.
Their vivarium should be sprayed with a water mist a few times a day, to keep the right level of humidity.
In terms of care, that's about it!
With regards to handling Crestie's, be aware, they love to jump! And can be clumsy and jump into thin air, so be careful when handling them that they cannot jump on something (or nothing!!) that will cause them injury.
Juvenile gecko's can be quite quick and feisty, but once they've grown up and gotten used to being handled, they make great pets to handle.
JUST BE WARNED that Crested Geckos (and many other forms of gecko) can "drop" their tails, so be careful not to pick them up by their tail or grab/trap it. Once a Crested Gecko drops it tails, IT WILL NEVER GROW BACK! However, it is very common for a Crestie to drop it's tail, so if it happens, don't worry as they can live quite happily without them, they just won't look the same!
I am now the proud owner of a Gargoyle Gecko. Garg's a very closely related to Cresties, and the care is identical. However, Garg's tend to have slightly more sense than Cresties (don't USUALLY make a death leap into thin air), and if they drop their tails they DO grow back over time, however they will never have the same colour/markings on them. They do cost a little more than Crested Gecko's though, Cresties are usually been £50-70, and my Garg cost me £100.
Purely for the tails growing back, I'd recommend a Gargoyle Gecko...but Crested Gecko's make excellent pets too, and are brilliant for beginner reptile owners.
Summary: Brilliant pet!