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  • Crested Gecko Noob!

    Hello!

    I am new to geckos and reptiles in general. My roommate on the other hand, he has quite the collection. He asked if I wanted to go to the Reptile Super Show with him last weekend in Pomona, Ca, and I said sure. I had nothing better to do that day and figured looking at reptiles would be cool. I never in my life thought that I would be into reptiles and owning one. Throughout the whole store, I found each and every little reptiles to be very neat and interesting. I passed by Reptiles Reptropolis' booth and this little gecko caught my eye. I was told it was a Crested gecko and I really liked how they looked. I went ahead and Googled Crested gecko's on my phone to learn more about them and ended up buying a little guy. Hahah. My roommate had a spare tank so it made it that much easier for me to make the purchase.

    He is a Fire Crested gecko, and I named him Glen. You go Glen Gecko! (See what I did there? ) I was told he is about a month old or so? I did a bunch of research on them and started to worry about a few things. My roommate told me I didn't need to buy a heat/lamp source at all and that they're very low maintenance. But everywhere I read, people say to keep the temps from 70-80°. My house gets pretty cold at night, and temps have been reading low 60's. At night when we're all sleeping, I wouldn't be surprised if temps reach to low 50's. I feel that's very cold for Glen and I fear he might freeze to death. Lol. Also, he hasn't been eating. But I'm sure it's because he's still getting used to his new home. I am feeding him Repashy, btw. He did however, take a few licks off an end of a fork that I had dipped into the GCD last night. But after that, he hid back into his hiding spot. All in all, I'm not too worried about him not eating for I read that this is normal especially when adapting to a new enclosure. I'm just worried about the temps in the tank. Oh, if it helps at all, I have the tank by a window to get him some sunlight during the day when I'm at work. The sun hits the side of the tank, and there are shadows allowing him to hide still.

    Any suggestions from Crested gecko owners with my worries about temps?

    Here is Glen!

    Last edited by Dilly; 01-10-2013, 12:09 AM.

  • #2
    The sunlight hitting the tank is not necessarily good.. it can significantly raise temperatures in the tank as a whole, even if it is only hitting part of the tank. What are its avg temperatures?

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    • #3
      Average temps when I get home from work is around 64°. I haven't had him long enough to see how temps are mid day on the weekends.

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      • #4
        What a cutie, I love all the pattern! congrats.

        50-65 is really to cold for him. You need to add some type heat. For such a little guy, he needs it to be in the 70's for the day, but can drop into the 60's at night. I would recommend a low wattage light bulb. The tank also looks very bare, he needs plants and sticks to climb and hide in. Plastic vines from micheals work very well. How is the humidity?
        Roxanne
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        • #5
          That's a pretty cool gecko you got right there.
          My house gets real cold at night. I have a 60w regular lamp bulb and a reflector that is clamped to the top of my tank. I also have a 50w night heat bulb that is a blueish color that they can't see. At night I put a clean dish towel over most of the screen top to keep the heat in and turn off the 60w lamp and leave it for the night. In the day I leave both of them on and take the towel off and it keeps my tank about 73.5-7.7 and it keeps it well ventilated in there. At night it stays 68.5< in there hope this helps
          0.1.1 Crested Geckos (I was told the juvenile was probably a girl but we will have to wait and see)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by rhatfield View Post
            What a cutie, I love all the pattern! congrats.

            50-65 is really to cold for him. You need to add some type heat. For such a little guy, he needs it to be in the 70's for the day, but can drop into the 60's at night. I would recommend a low wattage light bulb. The tank also looks very bare, he needs plants and sticks to climb and hide in. Plastic vines from micheals work very well. How is the humidity?
            Originally posted by hefty01 View Post
            That's a pretty cool gecko you got right there.
            My house gets real cold at night. I have a 60w regular lamp bulb and a reflector that is clamped to the top of my tank. I also have a 50w night heat bulb that is a blueish color that they can't see. At night I put a clean dish towel over most of the screen top to keep the heat in and turn off the 60w lamp and leave it for the night. In the day I leave both of them on and take the towel off and it keeps my tank about 73.5-7.7 and it keeps it well ventilated in there. At night it stays 68.5< in there hope this helps
            Thanks for the feedbacks! I will look into purchasing a lamp setup for Glen. Humidity I am unsure of. I don't have a humidity reader, yet. This is what happens when you buy a gecko not knowing you're going to and have no clue about them. Lol.

            This is his enclosure:

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            • #7
              I finally got Glen a heat mat a few nights ago after work. He is much more active now, thank God. But he's still not eating much on his own. Every time I get home from work, his food is untouched and I have to spoon feed him. And I read that spoon feeding can be a bad habit because they'll rely on it and not want to eat on their own at all.

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