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    Here's when I first showed him the cage I made for him!!

    He was so pale! I took the lid off and was expecting him to climb where he liked but he sat like this for a few minutes.

    He got to this point by himself after a little more time, and I took the cup out at this point.

    He has a pink tongue and he's brown and tan during the day, but at night he's brown and yellowish.

    More tongue. I don't know why he licks the air sometimes. Is he like a snake and he's sniffing for food?

    A very charismatic photo!!

    I built a cool cave into the background for him to live in plus a ton of shelves to hide in to feel secure and he chooses to sit on this branch under the philodendron leaves. And I mean where he sleeps is up to him but part of me is sad he doesn't want to sleep in my craftsmanship!!

    I've found him a few times now sitting like this staring into the room at the front of this terrarium. He had bigger eyes before I took the photo.


    I've only been holding him for 1-2 minutes. He isn't super jumpy, and is calmer than I expected him to be. He looks the most fired up here. I hope as an adult he gets more vibrant color and less brown!

    I don't know what morph this dude is! Also I keep calling the gecko a "him" because it's *technically* the English gender neutral term, but also because I sort of expect him to be male.

    I don't know what to name him!! I will probably keep him single even though I've heard 20G of space is enough room for 2 geckos. I just want him to keep his tail and I'd like to pamper him!

    He and the terrarium were a birthday gift and I'm so excited to have him. Any name ideas or anyone who's had a similar baby that grew a different color as an adult I'd love to know! Also here's his whole space, I'm putting in the little waterfall today because I finally have my 3D printed thing to hold the gravel up for safety so the gecko can't fall in!!
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    WOW! What an awesome environment for your first gecko, a young crestie! Thanks for all your cool photos and commentary.

    Is the top a total screen top? It's vital for a crestie to have good ventilation. Otherwise the viv will mold.

    Pothos make a great plant because pothos withstands bouncy cresties. Another good plant is snake plant (sansevieria). Snake plants come in short, medium, and tall. They love drying out between watering.

    What type substrate are you using for the very bottom layer? Next time you might consider hydroballs (hydroton = clay culture balls) for the bottom drainage layer, because hydroton breathes much more than soil, then weedblocker cloth, then something like Eco Earth's cocofiber. Keep the coco fiber moist by spraying it throughly 1x per day in the evening. Water the hydro balls now and then.

    Especially if this gecko is a male, I recommend keeping him alone. Even if it turns out female, keeping her singly will be your best bet.
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    Oh hello, thank you! The top is a screen for air. It would dry out completely without spraying water twice a day (Arizona, my room is sometimes 17% humidity!) I hope it doesn't mold but I can't imagine it would? It gets down to about 50% after around 10-12 hours and I try not to let it below that.

    I have charcoal underneath instead of hydroballs as the drainage layer. What do you mean by water the hydroballs? I am using window screen as seperation. Then there is ABG mix and some live moss towards the outside and dried spaghnum moss in the middle.

    I just got the scale in and the gecko is 10.48 grams so, probably won't be able to officially sex him for awhile. He likes to sit on the plants in the back towards the top, he sleeps on them.

    Yeah the gecko will be single I think it'll be a happy gecko. I got him a cherry repashy to eat and a banana mango zoomed mix that says it also has probiotics. His vitamins came in too so I might get some crickets to powder and give him!

    The background is made of Great Stuff Pond and Stone Expanding Foam. I used 4 cans total and lots of cups. Tip for future people doing foam backgrounds: coat the cups completely in Vaseline! They release much easier that way!! (Spent hours diggung the uncoated cups out of the foam!!)
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    (Oh also a friend will be giving me springtails to keep in the ABG layer to handle waste. And I guess they eat the dried moss but some people give them some food sometimes too?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by StickyGeckoFeet View Post
    Oh hello, thank you! The top is a screen for air. It would dry out completely without spraying water twice a day (Arizona, my room is sometimes 17% humidity!) I hope it doesn't mold but I can't imagine it would? It gets down to about 50% after around 10-12 hours and I try not to let it below that.

    I have charcoal underneath instead of hydroballs as the drainage layer. What do you mean by water the hydroballs? I am using window screen as seperation. Then there is ABG mix and some live moss towards the outside and dried spaghnum moss in the middle.

    I just got the scale in and the gecko is 10.48 grams so, probably won't be able to officially sex him for awhile. He likes to sit on the plants in the back towards the top, he sleeps on them.

    Yeah the gecko will be single I think it'll be a happy gecko. I got him a cherry repashy to eat and a banana mango zoomed mix that says it also has probiotics. His vitamins came in too so I might get some crickets to powder and give him!

    The background is made of Great Stuff Pond and Stone Expanding Foam. I used 4 cans total and lots of cups. Tip for future people doing foam backgrounds: coat the cups completely in Vaseline! They release much easier that way!! (Spent hours diggung the uncoated cups out of the foam!!)
    You're welcome! I have a handful of geckos who have layered substrates, but the substrates aren't bioactive. I pour water on the substrate from time-to-time. The water seeps through the coco fiber, past the weedblocker cloth, and into the hydroton. That process keeps up the humidity quite well. It's important to not overdo the watering. However, do you think that would drown your clean-up crew?

    Charcoal may act the same way hydroballs do. Can you pour some water on the charcoal too? That will increase humidity without making the top layer of substrate soggy.

    Is your window screen aluminum? Weedblocker cloth is easy to find at garden stores and probably on Amazon.


    Sexing crested geckos may be possible at 10 grams. It's much easier at 20 grams. To see their vents and potential male pores and hemipenal bulges gently press their bodies up against the side of the glass or plastic enclosure. They'll squirm if you try to turn them over.
    Here's a male.
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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    Great looking setup
    Crestie - Squishy named by the kids 💖
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