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    I'm interested in getting a gecko relatively soon, I've been having a tough time figuring out what breed I should get however. I used to have a panther gecko, but sadly he passed away. I may be interested in getting another panther gecko so any opinion you have on those I will take as well, but I do already have some experience from him. I have been trying to do research on what breeds are somewhat easy to take care of. My issue with these searches is that leopard geckos seem to be the top choice, and I really don't prefer that particular breed (just a personal preference). Is there a breed that aren't too high maintenance and make good pets?

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    From everything I have been reading over the past couple months crested geckos seem easier to take care of to me. They dont need heat, they dont need 3 separate completely different hides (hot/humid, hot dry, cool), feeding is easier since repashy can be the main diet with crickets a couple times a week. Just throw lots of plants and branches in, mist it and they will be happy little geckos. Plus with their vareity of design and colors I think they are much cooler than Leos. They just need a taller tank, 18"x18"x24" is the recommended minimum size for 1 adult.

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    But in the end the decision is up to YOU. People here may say what their favorites are, and why or why not you should get a certain gecko. You have the ultimate decision.
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    Well for me I LOVE my leos but if thats not want you looking for then try a day gecko. I don't know how easy they are to keep but I know they are very pretty. If your looking for a easy to care for gecko then try a crested gecko. Another gecko would be a African fat tail. They look like a leo but have a totally different color and are stubby. They can also be kept in a mellow tropic, grassland, mild desert type tank.

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    It comes down to which can you properly care for? If had my pair of cresteds for almost 3 years and I'm pretty confident with my ability to keep them but that doesn't mean I'm going to run out and get a tokay. Although I've read everything that the powers at be (billowicz) have written I'm still not confident nor do I have the room. Life I said before "which can you properly care for?"

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    Cresties are awesome! Make sure the temps in your home don't rise beyond the suitable range.

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    Hello and welcome to GU!

    Day geckos- it depends on which species you are talking about. These guys are very fast, and escapes may happen quite easily. They are for display only, not for handling, as they will stress out a lot if you do so. Some day gecko species are very delicate and definitely not for beginners. The Giant Day Gecko (Phelsuma grandis) may be a good choice though, it is a large species, easy to care for.

    Leos and cresteds - yes, they are very popular. I tend to recommend desert/dry species as you don't have to worry about the humidity level and making setups for such species is usually easier than making rainforest/tropical ones. The thing is, both species are bred on a large scale and selected for such or such genetic traits, and the inbreeding rate is fairly high. Some leo morphs such as Enigma are known to pose huge issues. Both cresteds and leos have become more fragile than their wild counterparts over the captive generations, simply look at the threads with people owning them and posting about such or such health issues. Sometimes such issues happen out of the lack of experience and knowledge of the keeper, or poor husbandry conditions, if not inadequate ones; but there are also many "unexplained deaths" and IMHO some of these cases occur because of genetic issues.

    Panther geckos are a good choice, I suggest you separate females from males at least 6 months a year, more if possible. Females lay eggs like crazy, and even with proper supplementation, will only stop laying when they are totally worn out, thin, and near death. They do retain the males' sperm for several months once fertilized, even if no male is sharing the same enclosure.

    There are tons of possibilities, it depends on your own tastes, on the money you are ready to spend, if you want a species which can be handled a bit or if a display only species is not a problem for you, if you have limitations in space...For beginners, African Fat-tail geckos (wild type ones) are a good choice, Mourning geckos as well, both are usually inexpensive and very easy to care for. The same is true for Turner geckos, a really hardy species and cheap as well, Stenodactylus and Tropiocolotes species if you like really small guys, some species in the Gekko genus such as badeni, smithi or vittatus though they may be aggressive (less than tokay geckos though) and fast, and many other species which would be too long to list here.
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    Cresteds are really great.
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    Hello

    A few months ago I got an African Fat Tailed gecko. I've kept leos in the past and I currently have a crested gecko (as well as other non-gecko herps), and I have to say, I LOVE afts. My aft, Rex, is super sweet. He comes out at night and I'll take him out and let him crawl around on my bed. I also have beardies, and whereas my beardies would just jump off a table or couch like the little dragons they think they are, Rex gets to the edge of my bed, stops, contemplates life for a second or two, and then backs himself up. He literally backs up. It is the funniest thing to watch. I don't know if that's a species thing, or if it's just his personality, but as far as my favorite gecko from what I've kept, I'd have to go with AFTs.

    Now, like everyone else said, do what works for you and makes you happy I like watching my reptiles, but I also like being able to handle them. If you like a "look, don't touch" type gecko more, then day geckos are cool from what I've heard. Never kept one, but I've read the same information thorrshamri mentioned. This might be a myth, but I've read some day geckos have such sensitive fragile skin it can tear when handled.

    Also, since I do have a crested: they are fun, low maintenance geckos. My gecko is pretty jumpy. Actually, all cresteds I've seen like to leap and jump, even if they are calmer. She doesn't like being handled, but I take her out sometimes anyway, and she never bites or anything like that. Their skin is soft like velvet, literally. They climb glass, which is fun to watch. I have been woken at night a few times by an excited pouncing gecko. They do not require heat usually, and can eat repashy (a powdered diet) for their entire lives, or repashy with live crickets/worms/whatever small live creature floats your boat. My gecko just eats repashy. I used to offer her live food, but she usually ignored it. She does like the occasional banana, though.

    Here's the link to the website of a really great breeder named Wally. His business is called Supreme Gecko. I got my crested from him. He's worked with a lot of different species and has a lot of good information. He currently works with small geckos called pictus, but I don't know very much about them. There is also a section of the website called "most underrated gecko" where he highlights and profiles different species. This might be a good thing to check-out if you're looking for something unique.

    Link to Supreme Gecko homepage: HOME - Supreme Gecko

    Link to Supreme Gecko "Most Underrated Gecko" index: Most Underrated Gecko - Index - Supreme Gecko

    Hope this helps!

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    Hello

    A few months ago I got an African Fat Tailed gecko. I've kept leos in the past and I currently have a crested gecko (as well as other non-gecko herps), and I have to say, I LOVE afts. My aft, Rex, is super sweet. He comes out at night and I'll take him out and let him crawl around on my bed. I also have beardies, and whereas my beardies would just jump off a table or couch like the little dragons they think they are, Rex gets to the edge of my bed, stops, contemplates life for a second or two, and then backs himself up. He literally backs up. It is the funniest thing to watch. I don't know if that's a species thing, or if it's just his personality, but as far as my favorite gecko from what I've kept, I'd have to go with AFTs.

    Now, like everyone else said, do what works for you and makes you happy I like watching my reptiles, but I also like being able to handle them. If you like a "look, don't touch" type gecko more, then day geckos are cool from what I've heard. Never kept one, but I've read the same information thorrshamri mentioned. This might be a myth, but I've read some day geckos have such sensitive fragile skin it can tear when handled.

    Also, since I do have a crested: they are fun, low maintenance geckos. My gecko is pretty jumpy. Actually, all cresteds I've seen like to leap and jump, even if they are calmer. She doesn't like being handled, but I take her out sometimes anyway, and she never bites or anything like that. Their skin is soft like velvet, literally. They climb glass, which is fun to watch. I have been woken at night a few times by an excited pouncing gecko. They do not require heat usually, and can eat repashy (a powdered diet) for their entire lives, or repashy with live crickets/worms/whatever small live creature floats your boat. My gecko just eats repashy. I used to offer her live food, but she usually ignored it. She does like the occasional banana, though.

    Here's the link to the website of a really great breeder named Wally. His business is called Supreme Gecko. I got my crested from him. He's worked with a lot of different species and has a lot of good information. He currently works with small geckos called pictus, but I don't know very much about them. There is also a section of the website called "most underrated gecko" where he highlights and profiles different species. This might be a good thing to check-out if you're looking for something unique.

    Link to Supreme Gecko homepage: HOME - Supreme Gecko

    Link to Supreme Gecko "Most Underrated Gecko" index: Most Underrated Gecko - Index - Supreme Gecko

    Hope this helps!

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