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Home > Reptiles > Lizard species > Crested Gecko

Crested Gecko


Species group:
 Geckos

Other name: New Caledonian Crested Gecko;
New Caledonian Eyelash Gecko; Eyelash Gecko; Cresteds; Cresties

Scientific name: Rhacodactylus ciliatus

Range/Habitat: The Crested Gecko is native to the New Caledonian Islands, which are 1,500 kilometers east of Australia. A nocturnal lizard, they live in the isand's rainforests and hide during the day under fallen leaves and trees.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), the Crested Gecko is "Threatened" because of habitat loss from wildfires and clearing for agriculture. Interestingly, the Crested Gecko was believed to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994 after a tropical storm hit New Caledonia.

Crested Geckos available in the pet trade are captive bred, and a number of different color morphs have been created.

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Owners say:
Wonderful:
good eaters, mild temperment, gorgeous colors, stunning specimens, colorful beauties
Challenging:
impactions, nocturnal lizard, husbandry, fat tails, defense mechanism, handling, proper nutrition
Interesting:
eyelashes, gigantic eyes, change color, arboreal animals, convenient powdered diet
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yelrow22
We bought crested geckos for multiple reasons, we wan...
Review by: yelrow22 (5) 4 days ago
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5.00
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scheric
I have two crested geckos and they are great pets!The...
Review by: scheric (1) 6 days ago
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4.25
MazieBones
When I was away at college, we decided to get a group...
Review by: MazieBones (6) 27 days ago
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4.50
1 photo
aiyanabecker
These geckos might look exotic, but don't let that de...
Review by: aiyanabecker (13) March 20, 2015 13:44
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5.00
1 photo
derek12261984
On my 25th birthday my wife and children came home wi...
Review by: derek12261984 (11) February 20, 2015 00:04
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5.00
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I have always been an animal lover! My parents operated an animal shelter for homeless dogs and cats during my childhood years. I have been raising and breeding Rhacodactylus Geckos for a few years now. I thoroughly enjoy it. My husband is breeding Ball Pythons and I have several different types of Rhac geckos that I am working with. This does give us something to share as we do vend at rept...
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