These are relatively small lizards with amazing eyes, spiny-looking “crests” and very soft skin. They reach a maximum size of about 8 to 10 inches (counting the tail). With a little knowledge and care, they are easy to keep. If you have never held one, these feel like velvet. If not carefully handled, they will make “to infinity and beyond” leaps, possibly hurting themselves, or their tails may be detached (and do not grow back).
Despite being easy to keep, these are not pets for young children who may not use good judgment in handling and monitoring them!
Crested geckos are lizards that originated from New Caledonia, a group of islands located northeast of Australia. There, they live in low-elevation rainforests, often inhabiting tree canopies 10 to 50 feet above the forest floor. Their habitat tends to be shaded, humid (about 80% relative humidity), and moderately warm. Wild crested geckos are not exported for the pet trade, but captive-bred specimens are widely available.
I didn’t intend to breed these marvelous creatures. They just started on their own and I have more than I can keep. Mine is not a large breeding project, just the product of my pets. My interest is finding good homes where they are appreciated for their beauty and loved as pets. I don’t specifically breed for color or pattern. What happens, happens. Our geckos have flame, tiger, and dalmatian patterns. The babies range from pale or golden tan to reddish and chocolate.
I usually have juveniles or babies available and I can send pictures but the best way to pick one is to come to a show (I do Arlington and Lewisville, TX).
We wrote a care sheet for crested geckos, providing enough information for good basic care and suggestions for where to get more in-depth information.
These geckos originally came from the Middle East and South Asia, and they are in a different subfamily from the cresteds. Leopard geckos have eyelids, they are active at night, and live on the ground – so they cannot climb the walls of a terrarium.
Although we are not currently breeding leopard geckos, we have experience with them and have written a care sheet which we hope you will find useful if you are considering getting one of these lizards (or if you have one and need more information).
Our Ethical Principles Regarding Captive Reptiles
1. We keep and breed limited numbers of animals that reflect our interest, knowledge and experience. We are very familiar with the species that we choose to work with.
2. We provide good care for animals in our possession, to maintain good physical and behavioral health.
3. We do not sell or give animals to persons who, by age or level of experience and knowledge, are clearly unprepared to care for them properly.
4. We sell only healthy captive-bred animals, following relevant laws regarding sales. We do not sell hatchling or neonate reptiles that are very small and fragile or have not yet established a consistent pattern of feeding.
5. We are available for follow-up questions and support regarding any animal bought from us. We will make reasonable efforts to return calls and emails and can provide information and veterinary referrals. We can offer a refund of the price of an animal, at our sole discretion, if it dies within 3 days of receipt from causes that, in our judgment, originated prior to the sale of the animal, and if the buyer contacts us promptly with photographs and/or other documentation.
What About Salmonella?
Information taken, in part, from the Association of Reptile & Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV)
Reptiles often carry the Salmonella bacteria and can shed bacteria in feces, even without the reptile being ill. The bacteria can infect people if swallowed, and while most Salmonella illnesses are not serious, they can be serious or even fatal in unusual cases. Simply touching a reptile will not result in a Salmonella infection; the bacteria has to be ingested. This can happen if the person eats or drinks while handling reptiles, does not wash their hands after handling reptiles, or if kitchen or other surfaces become contaminated. Pet reptiles cannot be given antibiotics to eliminate Salmonella, and attempts to do so may contribute to drug-resistant strains of the bacteria (see ARAV, www.arav.org).
To keep it in perspective, other possible sources of Salmonella contamination can include pets such as baby chicks, hamsters, and other animals, as well as beef, poultry, milk, and eggs (see WebMD, www.webmd.com). Reptile-associated salmonellosis can generally be prevented with common-sense steps such as good hand-washing and limiting handling of reptiles by very young children.
We recommend the following: (1) you should wash your hands, at least with alcohol-based hand sanitizer, after touching reptiles; and (2) do not touch reptiles if your immune system is not healthy and working well. Households with infants or with people who have compromised immune systems should be especially cautious if they keep pet reptiles at all.