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01-24-2013, 04:05 PM #1
New to owning a Crested Gecko, please help
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My name is Mary and my gecko's name is Seymoure, you see I'm concerned that he is not eating and every time I hold him he keeps trying to run away and is a bit skittish. He is a little over a month old and he has Flukers crested gecko food, is there something else I could try that may be better? Other than that he is being kept hydrated and I handle him daily. Please help.
01-24-2013, 04:56 PM #2
Is the Fluker's food the pellets?
If so, they're useless. I've never met or heard of a crestie that will eat them unless it's out of desperation. They're also not very nutritional.
Your gecko should be eating crested gecko diet (CGD) - either Repashy or T-Rex version. They can also have dusted gutloaded crickets for variety.
What is your setup like? What size of enclosure? Substrate? What do you have for foliage/hides/vines/etc? What are your temps and humidity? Do you have any pictures?
Where did you purchase your gecko? Pet store, breeder, previous owner?
How long have you had your gecko? When you first bring them home, they should be left alone with no handling or interaction for at least a week, sometimes two weeks, sometimes more, depending on the gecko. They are very stressed, hatchlings especially, and need time to settle and adjust to their new home. Without this adjustment period, they will remain stressed, and a stressed gecko won't eat.
It's also not unusual for a new gecko that IS left alone to not eat for up to two weeks after you bring them home. Just keep offering food and water and misting the enclosure, and leave your gecko be.
For now, stop handling your gecko. I know it's very tempting, but your gecko is stressed, and handling only worsens it. Let's figure out the eating issues first before introducing another variable into the equation.~Cassi~Post Thanks / Like - 0 Thanks, 1 LikesAimless liked this post
01-24-2013, 05:34 PM #3
He may just be skittish cause hes young. He'll get more calm as he/she gets older. Don't feed him pellets. Either rapashy or t-rex
01-24-2013, 07:07 PM #4
+100 to everything Cassi said!Morelia spilota harrisoni * Liasis fuscus * Liasis mackloti * Liasis mackloti savuensis * Anteresia maculosa * Python regius * Gekko gecko * Rhacodactylus leachianus * Correlophus ciliatus * Blaesodactylus boivini
01-24-2013, 10:34 PM #5
I bought him from a pet store, and right now he is in a 10 gallon with some silk leaves and a wooden arch that he loves to hide under. I'll look into getting the different food that you have suggested. I keep the temperature at a good 72-75 degrees and the humidity is at 50-60. I have a sea sponge in there to help hold humidity and its helped a lot through the dry winter air. He is very active at night though. Tomorrow I plan to buy more leaves and get that food for him. Is there anything you suggest? Leaves/vines? Also I have EcoEarth for the bedding. It helped with the moisture. When I do take him out its for usually five minutes at a time and he climbs up into my hair and stays there and seems content. I want him as comfortable as can be. Are there any other suggestions you may have for me? Thank you so much.image.jpg
01-24-2013, 10:38 PM #6
Here's a picture of his terrain
01-24-2013, 10:40 PM #7
that sounds pretty close! generally with cresties, more leaves are better, so adding more will only make him feel safer. also, he will eventually want a more vertical setup (which can be done with a 10-gallon adding minor modifications).Morelia spilota harrisoni * Liasis fuscus * Liasis mackloti * Liasis mackloti savuensis * Anteresia maculosa * Python regius * Gekko gecko * Rhacodactylus leachianus * Correlophus ciliatus * Blaesodactylus boivini
01-24-2013, 10:42 PM #8
oh, yes, I typed my reply before I saw your photo. he definitely needs more leaves! that setup (minus the eco earth) is more appropriate to a more terrestrial gecko. cresties are mostly arboreal. I'd put a few sticks in there and then load up some vines.
you can also use natural plants...?Morelia spilota harrisoni * Liasis fuscus * Liasis mackloti * Liasis mackloti savuensis * Anteresia maculosa * Python regius * Gekko gecko * Rhacodactylus leachianus * Correlophus ciliatus * Blaesodactylus boivini
01-24-2013, 10:50 PM #9
I was a bit nervous to add natural plants because I personally don't have a green thumb to keep them alive, also I don't know what to use, and I'm allergic to some plants. But I definitely want to get him more to hide in. As you can see he is still very little. I am sorry for all the questions, I just want things to be easier for me to understand. Thank you again. Are there any types of plants you may suggest?
01-24-2013, 10:55 PM #10
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also, if you dig through the threads here about naturalistic vivariums you will find a ton of good advice. one important thing to keep in mind is that if a plant dies, you can buy another, lol. pothos is a very nice staple and can be found everywhere from a plant shop, to a grocery store, to places like the Home Depot.
the only concern from buying a plant and sticking it in the terrarium is that it may have been sprayed with pesticides, etc. always rinse thoroughly anything you put in your gecko's vivarium; I'm sure you've noticed the way they lick everything?
I also give my plants a quick spray-down with a non-toxic insecticidal soap and let it sit for a bit, then rinse really well, before putting in a cage. this way bug eggs and stuff from the store are less likely to hatch.Morelia spilota harrisoni * Liasis fuscus * Liasis mackloti * Liasis mackloti savuensis * Anteresia maculosa * Python regius * Gekko gecko * Rhacodactylus leachianus * Correlophus ciliatus * Blaesodactylus boiviniPost Thanks / Like - 0 Thanks, 1 Likescassicat4 liked this post