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    Hello all.

    I am active on the chameleon forums as I own two of them. A friend of my wive had to give up hers. so we decided to take him on. I just have a few questions. this is after I watched many youtube vids on them.

    Some say a vertical habitat with substrate ( eco earth etc) and lots of vines and tree for him to climb?

    Some say horizontal habitat?

    do they really eat and drink from bowls?

    many also mentioned crickets only 2-3 times a month?

    many said pangea fruit mix food?

    what about home made food? only fruits?

    thank you ahead of time.*

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    OK. I just got back from the store. I bought a 29 gallon tank that I will setup vertically.* a lot of the research i did tells me that is what many people use. the question i have is what kind of cover does everyone use on those tanks? the only cover petsmart and petco had were complete covers.....no door or anything. where have any of yall gotten a cover with some sort of door? thx

    its a crested gecko. I have chameleons. But need info on the gecko. thx

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    I see that you've gotten some advice on the other subforum where you posted this question (the moderator will likely eventually consolidate these 2 threads). I know there are ways to adapt the 29 gallon so it becomes vertical (which is the preferred orientation for crested geckos). A vertical 29 gallon enclosure will measure approximately 12"x12"x30". Most of us who keep crested geckos use ExoTerra or Zoomed enclosures which have mesh tops and front opening doors. I have kept crested geckos in their 12"x12"x18" enclosure and have consistently found that it's too small for a crestie to be truly happy. I find it's more the narrowness that's an issue. My crested geckos are currently in ExoTerras that are 18"x18"x24" and doing well. I recommend that you start with the enclosure you have if you can modify it appropriately and be on the lookout on craigslist for the larger exoterras or Zoomeds. I have never bought one of these enclosures new and have never paid more than $70 for a used one (these sizes cost at least $150 new in the store).

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    Welcome aboard. Thanks for mentioning that you have a crested gecko.

    When my friend customizes 10 gallon enclosures from horizontal to vertical, she carefully removes the glass at one end. Then she replaces that glass with 1/8 inch or 1/4 inch hardware "cloth"/wire mesh. She cuts the hardware cloth to size and then secures it to the new top of the enclosure with a velcro strip along the front and the back. This provides necessary ventilation and airflow for a crested gecko.

    She then measures the wide open section for a piece of custom-cut plexiglas. She has an access door cut into the plexiglas for a hinged door. She uses packing tape to secure the plexiglas panel to the edges of her 10 gallon enclosures.

    • I use Eco Earth's coco fiber as a substrate for crestie George whom I've kept for 12.5 years.
    • George loves Pangea Fruit Mix Complete with Insects. Pangea is a trusted brand.
    • I keep an 8 ounce water dish in George's enclosure 24/7. In addition to providing a drinking source, a water dish is beneficial in keeping the humidity up.
    • I mist his enclosure including his substrate 1x daily in the evening.
    • If you elevate your crestie's food bowl above ground, be sure to get a bowl with a clamp-down fastener instead of just a suction cup. There's a current thread here where a crested gecko suffered a broken forearm and/or wrist, because his food bowl accidentally fell on him.
    • George eats Pangea from a shallow ceramic bowl. Large bottle caps work too. When I feed him crickets I contain them in a 24 ounce Betta container:
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    Here's my Crested Gecko Care Sheet. Post #5 (left side post numbers) on this thread details how my friend customizes her 10 gallon enclosures.
    Last edited by Elizabeth Freer; 07-22-2020 at 01:22 AM. Reason: Amended: 21 July 2020
    "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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    thank you very much.

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    i have been hearing about keeping them in a tub? is that good or not? what time of day do yall feed them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LEGENDARY70 View Post
    thank you very much.
    You are welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by LEGENDARY70 View Post
    i have been hearing about keeping them in a tub? is that good or not? what time of day do yall feed them?
    You could keep him in a large tub with good ventilation. I'd still be looking out for a good deal on an 18 x 18 x 24 inch high Exo Terra from Craigslist.

    I feed my crestie in the evening.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    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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    I have 6 cresties, 9 gargoyles and a leachie. I feed CGD Tuesday and Friday evenings. Since I'm a nightowl it's often quite late at night. If anyone finishes their portion, I do an extra feeding Sunday nights. I feed crickets to the ones who will eat crickets (most but not all of them) on Monday and Thursday nights when the other cricket eaters get fed. Here are pictures of one group enjoying dinner. Look at those smiles:

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    Hello again.

    OK habitats complete. Got about a 1-3 year old in a big nice one and a baby one in another. went with one 20 gallon for the big one and an exo glass one for the baby. Ill post pics in a bit.

    my question:

    do i need to introduce the food and water or they will find it?

    do they usually just sit on a branch and just chill? not move at all for a whiille?

    thx

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    sorry. should i dust crickets with calcium?

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