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    Building a new terrarium and trying to decide on an animal to keep. It is 48Lx12Wx20H. It will have drainage layer and real plants, tall plants on each end. The reason I've been looking at getting a crested gecko is temperature and lighting requirements seem easier than other reptiles I've had before.

    Would this be good for a crested gecko? Too big? If not, any good recommendations on other animals?






    Thanks.

  • #2
    no cresteds need tall cages

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    • #3
      Crested geckos prefer vertical terrariums as they like to climb, not crawl like Leos. Now it could work for babies as its big enough. You also should add paper towel or substrate for the bottom to make it easier to walk on and clean. The only issue with substrate is they my injest it. Which can cause issues.
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      Currently have 4 fertile eggs and 2 adults.
      Picture is my male and female cuddling in a paper towel roll.

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      • #4
        If you turned that cage so it was taller rather than longer it would be good for an adult. But as already stated, crested geckos are aboreal geckos and need a tank that is tall, not long. And yes, lose substrate is troublesome because they can ingest it and when they walk on it it gets stuck to their sticky feets, and makes it so they can't stick and climb to anything else. It also needs A LOT more foliage

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        • #5
          I'd say yes. Providing the measurements are in inches, that should be more than enough for a crested gecko. Obviously cresties are arboreal and most people choose taller tanks, but I think the lack in relative height shouldn't be a problem as the tank is pretty big. As long as there's lots of diagonal/horizontal climbing areas it should be good.

          Most people don't have problems with crested geckos in live set-ups - if you're used to making them, go for it. I've had mine set up for about four months, so I'm a newbie as far as live vivs go, but I've had no issues so far. Loose substrate is fine as long as there aren't large particles like coco chips or such.
          0.1.0 C. ciliatus (Hari)
          1.0.0 E. macularius (Sol)
          0.1.0 M. chahoua (Kodama)

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          • #6
            Yes, the dimensions are in inches. I hoped 20" would be tall enough. I was worried about it being too much space overall and having the lizard stay scared in a corner or something.

            The plan is to have tall plants/vines at either end and to cover most of the eco earth with moss.

            Thanks.

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            • #7
              A lot of keepers hold their Crested Geckos in Exo Terra's 12x12x18 inch terrariums... You should be fine with dimensions.
              Its a little on the long side, but if you fill it out, it should be fine.
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              • #8
                You could divide that tank and have 3 terrariums easily

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                • #9
                  This is it after a month or so of growth. No geckos yet. I have a feeding ledge and fake vines for that big space between the plants. Does it need more?

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                  • #10
                    Hard to say whether it needs more or not without seeing the fake vines and such, you say will be added.
                    It is a pretty large tank for just one wee little gecko though.
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                    • #11
                      Forgot to add... the enclosure looks great. Awesome job, I love the giant wood/vine looking piece you have in there.
                      Grippin Geckos Canada
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                      1.1.0⚥? - Mniarogekko Chahoua
                      0.1.1⚥? - Rhacodactylus Auriculatus... and MORE...

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                      • #12
                        Thanks.

                        Yeah, I'm kind of wary of the size. I'll probably start them off in smaller tubs. I want to eventually house 2 in this tank.

                        I'm going this weekend to look at some from a local breeder. I like the super orange ones.

                        http://charlotte.craigslist.org/pet/5045364670.html

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