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    This probably is a very newbie'ish question but my crestie is my first/only guy! Is anyone else's crestie SUPER crazy?! I mean, my guy is a fiend for crickets and seems to only care to eat crickets, and I tried to not feed him crickets for awhile but he seems to be on edge when I don't (meaning, he'll bite at my finger if I try to pick him up at first thinking its food)! Or another time I tried picking him up to move things around in his cage and he literally like bounced off all the walls like I scared the shit out of him even tho he saw me coming and everything! Should I maybe stop feeding him crickets all together or are most crested's like this? I mean its not like I mind or anything but even putting a finger next to the glass makes him attack it haha! My mom is in fear of her cat's life because my crestie attacks the glass whenever the cat is looking at him! (obviously a joke but still, all my friends/family that know him call him Crazy/Psycho/Insane)

    Is this normal behavior for everyone else's crested's or is mine just super hyper??

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    How long have you had this little guy? Ive got 5 pairs of cresteds and about 20 little babies and nobody acts like that. Perhaps he's a bit stressed? Whats your temps like, his enclosure like, what size food are you feeding, how much, how often? I've never even gotten so much as an open mouth gape from any of my cresties much less a bite. If you just got him try letting him chill out with minimal handling. Make sure he has Many many hiding places to feel safe
    In. And feed him as much as he wants to eat. Also try cgd repashy is great... If mixed right its a great balanced diet to add to feeding crix.
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    Mine gets bitey if i feed crix and have any calci-powder on my fingers lol
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    I've had a few spazzes. Some have calmed down, some not so much. It's always a good idea to make sure you've got your husbandry down correctly. High temps can cause erratic behavior.

    They can go crazy for their bugs, though. Many of mine lunge at me when I walk past their enclosures at night when it's dark. CGD should be their main food, crickets are more like a treat.

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    I use to have a crested gecko a male and even when I would put crickets in there for him he would never try to bite me or open his mouth showing off agrestion. I would check out the temps your cage make sure they are not too high and let him be. Give it time he will come around for you.
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    Thanks for all the feedback!! I suppose I should have chose my words a little more wisely haha! He's never bit me! Its only happened once where I think I caught him off guard and he just reacted with a biting motion but literally INSTANTLY knew it was me and climbed all over me! I've had him now since September and for the most part I'd say I've given him the right temp's/humidity levels. It could be like what Spyral said about walking by the cage at night because thats really only when he does it (I guess I should have realized that, duh!)

    I do feed him CGD as well but every night it just seems like he wants to hunt for something! Is it possible to over-do it with feeding him crickets? I usually only give them to him like every other day when I have them but should I do something differently?

    Thanks for all the feedback tho! I really appreciate it and love hearing other crestie owners stories!

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    You should only give him crickets once in a blue moon he is on the crested gecko diet that will give him everything he needs for vitamins and calcium. And if you do give him crickets only once a week not every other day. And they should be dusted with a calcium and with multivitamins as well.
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    Alrighty I'll definitely will cut back on the crickets! I do dust them tho! Is it a good idea to just straight stop giving to him or should I slowly cut back?!

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    A good feeding schedule for a crested is CGD twice during the week and crickets/mealworms/waxworms (some feeder) once on the weekend. You actually won't need to dust your insects at all if feeding the CGD. It has all the vit/minerals you'll need. Even calcium is taken care of with the diet. Also, aren't cresteds nocturnal? Couldn't this be why he seems so jumpy and ready to hunt at night? Bye the way, if it helps, I think all herps like their bugs more then commercially made diets/veggies and fruits. My beardie would have feeders all day, every day and only feeders if she had the option. However, she needs things like kale and squash as well, and preferably more often then the bugs. You know, even we'd probably rather have ice cream then brussel sprouts. I guess I'm just saying your gecko may always seem like he wants crickets cause he does, but you as his owner know things like the CGD are important as well. Hope this helps!
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    Sorry to say but you still need to dust the crickets with calcium and multivitamins and the CGD should be given every other day. Now thats what I did when I had my male crested and he live a very long time. And I will do the samething when I get my new crested gecko they will stay healthy if you do this trust me.
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