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    Hi i just brought home my first crested gecko 2 days ago, named chester.
    I was wondering if it is too soon to tell what his morph is but he was light creme/tan colour when i brought him home. Under his heat light he turns a dark brown/ Reddish. Here are some pictures! Thanks so much for any replies i am new to the forum as well as the gecko community.IMG_0759.jpgIMG_0755.jpgIMG_0756.jpgIMG_0758.jpg
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    I'd call her a patternless. Her color may change a bit as she ages, but I bet she'll end up a buckskin color. You may get lucky and have a diamond in the rough with a red because a lot of red cresteds look brown when fired down. Only time will tell on that though. Congrats on the new gecko.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_sneetch View Post
    I'd call her a patternless. Her color may change a bit as she ages, but I bet she'll end up a buckskin color. You may get lucky and have a diamond in the rough with a red because a lot of red cresteds look brown when fired down. Only time will tell on that though. Congrats on the new gecko.
    Hi Kyrstal,
    Thanks for the reply i guess i will just have to wait it out. I do find it cool that her colour will change through out the day. Also one for quick question, What does fired up, fired down mean? I hear alot about it when talking about morphs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoCam View Post
    Hi Kyrstal,
    Also one for quick question, What does fired up, fired down mean? I hear alot about it when talking about morphs.
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    Crested geckos generally have two different colored phases: fired down and fired up. When they are inactive or sleeping, they tend to be more dull in color, probably to blend in with their surroundings. When they are active or stressed, their colors get more vibrant. This happens more at night. Morphs are identified by the gecko's fired up color.

    One way to get your gecko to fire up is to put her in a moist deli cup and put it under a towel for 20 minutes or so, or mist the enclosure heavily at night.

    I should add that red geckos tend to have the most dramatic fired down/up color change. A lot of them are brown or grey but fire up brick red.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_sneetch View Post
    Crested geckos generally have two different colored phases: fired down and fired up. When they are inactive or sleeping, they tend to be more dull in color, probably to blend in with their surroundings. When they are active or stressed, their colors get more vibrant. This happens more at night. Morphs are identified by the gecko's fired up color.

    One way to get your gecko to fire up is to put her in a moist deli cup and put it under a towel for 20 minutes or so, or mist the enclosure heavily at night.
    Ok,
    Thanks that explains it perfectly i will try that once she is a bit older and see if any colours pop out.
    I appreciate your help on this topic!!

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    that's a cute little gecko. I would agree with Krystal on it being patternless and likely a buckskin or chocolate brown as an adult.
    I'm curious though, you had mentioned a heat lamp...? cresties often do not require any additional heat of your temps don't stay below the 60's in your house. While there is still a little debate on the high-end of the heat they can tolerate, it is generally recommended that they not be exposed to heat of 80 or above for extended periods of they could die. You can always add a flourescent/UVB (sometimes patternless geckos have a flame or harley pattern come through with the addition of UVB, but they are still generally considered patternless geckos) bulb during the day to see him better, but heat is not necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MdngtRain View Post
    that's a cute little gecko. I would agree with Krystal on it being patternless and likely a buckskin or chocolate brown as an adult.
    I'm curious though, you had mentioned a heat lamp...? cresties often do not require any additional heat of your temps don't stay below the 60's in your house. While there is still a little debate on the high-end of the heat they can tolerate, it is generally recommended that they not be exposed to heat of 80 or above for extended periods of they could die. You can always add a flourescent/UVB (sometimes patternless geckos have a flame or harley pattern come through with the addition of UVB, but they are still generally considered patternless geckos) bulb during the day to see him better, but heat is not necessary.
    Its about 3 inches above the cage and was recommended by the reptile shop i bought him from, it keeps his cage around 75-78 all day and at night i have an inferred bulb on.

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    there are lots of threads on here re: the topic of heating new caledonian geckos that "don't require heat". i've learned to be a little leery of that phrase and of other similar ones such as "can tolerate ___". just because they don't need temps above the low 70's doesn't mean they don't appreciate them, but this seems to be just personal preference on the part of the keeper. i, personally, have found that my garg and my current crested prefer to sleep in an area heated to temps in the low 80's F, but i wouldn't go any hotter than that. mdngt's advice is solid though and is what you read in most care sheets, etc. again, just personal preference.
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    i am curious as to what your daytime heating bulb is though. i'd avoid anything bright like a daytime bulb or regular incandescent: it can stress them out, esp. youngsters. you might as well just save yourself the extra effort of switching bulbs and run your infrared during the day, too. or get a ceramic heat emitter (CHE): they last longer and don't emit light. maggot (embrace calamity) has said something about them being able to see red light, i wonder if she'd be kind enough to tell you about it.

    keep in mind that your gecko does need a light cycle so a CHE may not work if she doesn't have windows in her room. I also use UVB and have noticed the color-enhancing effect, but it's better to wait until they're older and established before exposing them to bright light imo.
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    GeckoCam your little baby is so cute! How is he or she doing?

    I have been wondering about the heat or not to heat debate....gotta go dig up more info....
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