Question by Kitty: Questions on Crested Geckos (10 points for best answer)?
I am getting my first Crested Gecko tomorrow and before I go to the store to start getting things I had some quick questions I wanted to ask.
First off. I am using a 20g tall aquarium for its home. The lizard itself is only about two and a half from nose to vent. I assume it would be a bad plan to put this tiny lizard in that huge of a tank. The guy at the reptile shop says its fine but I’m uncertain. It comes in a tiny critter keeper only a about 3 inches tall and about 4 inches wide each way. What should I do about keeping it until it grows a bit? How big does the gecko need to be before it can be housed in the 20g tank?
Also, I have heard so many options about substrate I have NO idea whats right and wrong. I am not planning on feeding anything live so I don’t have to worry about it getting food when it goes after a cricket so is it alright to use a more earth-like substrate or do I HAVE to use newspaper etc.
The temperature in the room it is being housed in is fairly chilly with night time temps sometimes dropping into the low sixties and the daytime highs only rising to 69. (Both temps in F) What would be best to heat a 20g tall tank? What should I do about heating the tiny little tank?
They said at the shop they haven’t been eating the diet very good but I won’t be able to feed any crickets. I heard mixing tiny portions of non citrus baby food encourages them to eat the CGD is this true?
Also, can I get a ‘shopping list’ of the bare minimum until I can get a bit more cash to go all out?
Answer by person
20 gal is good.10 is getting to small though.It should grow big within one year so you should probably just get 20 gal.Carpet is one of the best things for substrate.Easy to clean and won’t need to buy more anytime soon.And if you use sand, gravel, etc. it might swollow it on accident.Make sure to get a heat lamp to heat it.The best thing to feed geckos are crickets and mealworms, not to much more.
-tank (best is probably 20 gal)
-food(crickets,mealworms,bottled pellets (sold in pet stores)
-cave (something to hide in)
-any decorations of choice(optional)
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