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    I was at a reptile expo recently and a friend and I were talking to a breeder of crested geckos. Over the course of the conversation tank size came up and she mentioned putting a baby gecko in a 15 or 20 gallon long tank that I gave her until she could get a better setup. The breeder said if you put a baby crestie in a tank that large it would starve. I'm not sure how old these little ones were but they looked to be about 4 inches long, maybe less. The guy was also selling mini habitats for his babies, small critter keepers with a bit of fake foliage. That leads me to be suspicious that he was just trying to make some extra money with the gecko sales. So I was wondering has anyone had this happen? Do baby geckos really starve in larger cages? I would think they wouldn't because how would they survive in the wild if that was the case. It was that guy just feeding us a line?

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    There's no truth to that. Many breeders justify small enclosures so they can house more geckos in a given space, and from there the story took on a life of its own.
    If they can't find their food in a confined space, how do the manage to survive in the wild?

    This is a 55 gallon tank which I use to house 8 cresties from freshly hatched to about 3 months. Not one of them has ever had trouble finding free-roaming crickets, nor the food dish.



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    65 gallon tank, again for a group, same ages.


    Same tank, other side. The other first side has lots of pothos, this one has lower plants and more leaf litter for hiding in.
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    Thanks @Hilde for the info, I do have a question for you though, if @Sedjet doesn't mind a momentary hijacking of the thread...
    Do you have any issues with Bullying in your enclosures? I know it can happen in smaller ones but I would think 55 and 65 would be enough room for escaping such things.

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    I've never had a problem keeping the little guys in groups. By the time they're around 3 months old (depending on growth, it could be a bit shorter, or longer per individual), they still have their tails, never a dropped one. There's no fighting or injuries.
    The size of the enclosures does ensure enough personal space, and lots of hiding places. They have a chance to behave more like the wild ones, they're not limited to a small area and one perch, in like small enclosures.
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    Thanks for the answer @Hilde. I didn't think it was true. There was a similar thing going in the bearded dragon community when I got my first beardie many years ago. People were saying not to put a baby in an adult sized tank because the baby would get overwhelmed by the amount of space and would starve itself by hiding all the time. I thought figured it was the same thing with cresties, but wanted to ask to be sure.

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