Okay, it's Valentine's Day, and I have to tell all of you about one of my loves and also share some information. For those who want to get into reptile ownership but don't want a huge financial investment, getting a crested gecko is something you should be looking into. They're just so easy to take care of, and, come on… look at that face.
So the cutie shown above is my personal crested gecko called Blaze. "Cresties", as they're known by a lot of people, come in a variety of colors and patterns. It just so happens that Blaze is a patternless red crested gecko (even though he looks purple in this picture).
The thing about crested geckos is they can change their colors. Not in the same way a chameleon can, but still. It's something called "firing up" and "firing down". It basically happens when there's stimulus or a lack thereof. For instance, when Blaze is sleeping he turns a pale red color and his feet can even turn a slightly green hue. However, when I take him out and he gets to climb around, he turns a bright orange-red color (hence the name Blaze). You can see his color variations below.
Other common colors include buckskin, olive, chocolate, near-black, red, orange, yellow, and pretty much any shade in between.
Common patterns include: Tiger, Flame, Pinstripe, Harlequin, and Dalmation.
Crested geckos can eat a variety of non-citrus fruits such as bananas, blueberries, and mango. They also enjoy occasional crickets dusted with calcium powder. But the easiest thing about crested geckos is that there are complete diets out there in the form of a powder. All you have to do is add a little bit of water so it's sort of a smoothie consistency, and that's all they need in their lives. Personally, I give new gecko smoothie food every other day and a couple crickets every week just to keep him stimulated.
These animals are super easy to house. As long as your home or the room they're kept in is between the mid-sixties and mid-seventies in temperature and you keep the humidity between 50% and 70% in their enclosure, they thrive.
Cresties come from the rainforests of New Caledonia, so they like to climb. You'll want to keep their enclosure filled with things like branches and vines so that they can feel at home in the treetops. That's the other thing, because of this, you'll want a terrarium that's taller than it is wide. I actually got this kit from Pangea Reptile which was super handy as a first time crestie owner because it came with pretty much everything I would need.