1. Supplementation. Do i just mix calcium in with the CGD, or is it complete enough that it does not require me to add any calcium? Will cresties lick calcium from a separate dish of it? Should i be dusting the crickets?
There is plenty of calcium in the meal replacement powder. You shouldn't need to add any supplements to it. If you have a gravid female, the calcium supplemented Crested Gecko Diet that Matt sells is perfect. I wouldn't mix calcium on my own, Matt's is all measured out perfectly. You should dust the crickets with calcium and D3 like you would with any other reptile.
2. Humidity levels. Im going to be digitally measuring his humidity levels but im a little unclear as to what the exact level should be?
You don't really need a digital hygrometer. If you have one already, it's fine, but it isn't worth the money. They aren't real picky on humidity. Keep it above fifty per cent at all times. I spray my crested gecko twice a day, bringing it up to around seventy or eighty per cent for about an hour after each misting.
3. Diet. How many crickets are ok? i know that they can be fed 100% CGD, but i also understand (if i am correct) that some crickets are ok as well. Is offering a few (say 4-5) small crickets a couple times a week too much?
That is a little much. I would say four crickets once a week for a baby. As it gets older, I would feed five or six once a week. But feeding crickets more than once a week could cause health concerns. Also, feed a very small amount of crested gecko diet every other day of its life.
4. Temps. This is my big question, im very concerned about over heating my crestie. I have two options for temp ranges in my house. I can keep him in the reptile room where all my other herps are - this room has an ambient temp of 78-80 degrees, but on warmer days there is a a chance of the temps getting a bit higher. Night time temps in the reptile room are usually 65-70degrees. My other option is to house him in the main living area of the house where the ambient temps are around 72. The night time temp of the house is also 65-70 degrees. Im a bit nervous that my reptile room might be too hot, but my house might be a bit too cold. Whats your thoughts?
That is fine. As long as there are not prolonged periods of over eighty-five degrees, you should be fine. The ideal temperature range is seventy-two to eighty degrees. Up to eighty-three is okay, but do not let it get over eighty five degrees for more than a few hours. I know someone who's crested gecko got shriveled two days after she got it because she put a seventy-five watt basking light over it - she obviously did no research, impulse buy.
5. My last and final question is this - because this is essentially my first crestie (I had one years ago but not for very long) i am very nervous about anything going wrong. I feel pretty comfortable about this guy because the breeder is my friend and she assures me he is eating the CGD and crickets and overall doing well. But he is so young. How fragile are they at this age? wOuld you recomend holding off and getting ones that a bit older...or with the proper care are they pretty hardy even at this young age.
They are not fragile. Mim, I know you are very experienced and you should have no problems at all with him. Even though it is only a couple weeks old, they are still fairly hardy at this age. Make sure he eats and poops whenever you feed him and keep a close eye on his weight. You'll be fine. The only thing I have to disagree is that you shouldn't keep him in the adult cage even when it is divided. It is much easier to monitor the gecko in a one to five gallon plastic container or aquarium than in a divided tank. The simplest and best set up for a baby is a two-and-a-half gallon Kritter Keeper with a few sheets of cardboard eggcrate (like you would use for crickets and roaches), a paper towel roll (like you would use for hamsters, mice, and gerbils), and a food and water dish.
Remember: Never feed the crested gecko its crickets while it is in its cage. Move the gecko into a small container to feed or hand feed him his insects.
Could you please post another picture of the cage? It got deleted.
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