Crested Geckos, Geckos, Habitat and Enclosures

Can Crested Geckos and Gargoyle Geckos Live Together?

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by The Pet Engineers

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Both crested geckos and gargoyle geckos are species of reptiles that can be kept as pets and lead a comfortable and healthy life in captivity.

Moreover, both of these species of geckos are found originally in the same region, i.e., New Caledonia.

Can crested geckos and gargoyle geckos live together?

As a reptile enthusiast, you may naturally be inclined to wonder if, considering how these reptiles have a lot of similarities, can you cohabitate a crested gecko with a gargoyle gecko.

The short answer to this is that having similarities in their lifestyles does not necessarily translate into the ability to cohabitate together.

So, while there is a possibility of cohabitating a crested gecko with a gargoyle gecko, it is best to avoid it.

The number of precautions that you will have to take, plus, the amount of stress that both the crested gecko and the gargoyle gecko will go through, is not worth the effort.

Mostly because the outcome is going to be uncertain.

There is no way to guarantee that a crested gecko and a gargoyle gecko that has been cohabitated will eventually warm up to each other.

And if they never warm up to each other, then the entire endeavor will have been futile. Moreover, it will also add to the stress of both the geckos and could possibly harm their health.

Can a Crested Gecko and Gargoyle Gecko Cohabitate Together in the Same Enclosure?

Theoretically, yes perhaps you can think of having a crested gecko and a gargoyle gecko live in the same enclosure.

However, practically, the dynamics that a pet gecko shares with its enclosure are far more nuanced.

When you house any reptile in an enclosure that is going to be their forever home, eventually the reptile will become territorial and possessive about the enclosure.

So, naturally, a crested gecko that has become territorial about its enclosure will not like an unannounced, unwelcome guest as a permanent roommate.

The same goes the other way round for a gargoyle gecko that has become territorial about its enclosure.

There are similarities in the humidity requirements of both species. A gargoyle gecko prefers humidity levels of 60 to 80 percent, and a crested gecko needs the humidity to be between 50 and 70 percent.

Moreover, even the temperature requirements of both species of geckos are similar.

A gargoyle gecko needs the temperature of the enclosure to range between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit, while a crested gecko’s preferred range of temperature is between 72 and 75 degrees.

These similarities can be owed to the fact that both species have the same original habitat in New Caledonia.

However, despite these similarities in the environmental parameters, it is not always a good idea to house the two geckos in the same enclosure.

As mentioned earlier, there are more nuanced dynamics at play between a gecko and its territory than simply the humidity, temperature, and other parameters can define.

Are Crested Geckos and Gargoyle Care The Same?

Well, if we are being literal about it, then even the care of two geckos of the same species will never exactly be the same. The physical and behavioral idiosyncrasies of every gecko are unique.

But, in a broad sense, yes, the care of a crested gecko is quite similar to that of a gargoyle gecko.

Be it the environmental parameters that are needed to be maintained in the enclosure or the kind of food that the two species prefer – there are a lot of similarities in most aspects of pet care of a crested gecko and a gargoyle gecko.

gargoyle gecko
Gargoyle gecko

Food

Both species – the crested gecko and the gargoyle gecko – prefer insects that have been gut loaded and sprayed or coated with vitamin D3 and calcium.

Moreover, both species have fruit and vegetable mixes as a part of their balanced diets.

Enclosure

The humidity and temperature parameters of the gargoyle gecko’s environment overlap with those of a crested gecko’s requirement.

So, theoretically speaking, a crested gecko and a gargoyle gecko can be comfortable in the same enclosure – if we neglect other factors like territorial behavior and antisocial tendencies of geckos.

Habitat

Both species need ample foliage as they have similar energy levels and physical activity levels. Both – a crested gecko and a gargoyle gecko – are arboreal and medium-sized.

So, they both enjoy climbing up trees, jumping from one branch to another, and playing around in the foliage.

All in all, a crested gecko and a gargoyle gecko will enjoy similar habitats in their respective enclosure.

Potential Problems Arising From A Crested Gecko and Gargoyle Gecko Cohabiting

When you look at all the similarities between a crested gecko and a gargoyle gecko, it seems almost as if all stars are aligned to have them become roommates.

But, that is not the case when we look at the real situation.

Let us look at some of the aforementioned nuances that make it unadvisable to cohabitate a crested gecko and a gargoyle gecko despite their similarities.

are crested geckos social pets
Crested geckos are not social pets

Both, Crested and Gargoyle Geckos, Are Solitary

This is where the first problem arises. A crested gecko hates company just as much as a gargoyle gecko does.

So, they won’t even mingle with their fellow geckos in the same species. Forcing them to live together will lead to a lot of stress for both species, and that stress may start having adverse effects on their health.

Both, Crested and Gargoyle Geckos, Are Territorial

Aside from being solitary, a crested gecko and a gargoyle gecko are equally territorial about their habitat.

Both of them will not like the presence of a “potential intruder” in the enclosure that they call their home.

How To Pair Crested Geckos With Gargoyle Geckos

If you somehow manage to tackle the nuances, and you still want to cohabitate a crested gecko with a gargoyle gecko, then there are some pairings that you should look for, and a pairing that you should absolutely avoid at all costs.

Pairings To Avoid

Starting off with the pairing that you should absolutely avoid at all costs:

  1. A male crested gecko with a male gargoyle gecko
  2. A male crested gecko with a baby gargoyle gecko
  3. A baby crested gecko with a male gargoyle gecko

These pairings will lead to the two males locking their metaphoric horns, or the adult male bullying and injuring the baby gecko.

Pairings That Could Work

Now, if you really want to cohabitate a crested gecko with a gargoyle gecko, the following pairings may have a chance to tackle the nuances and coexist in the same space relatively peacefully:

  1. A female crested gecko with a female gargoyle gecko
  2. A female crested gecko with a male gargoyle gecko (will need supervision)
  3. A male crested gecko with a female gargoyle gecko (will need supervision)
  4. A baby crested gecko with a baby gargoyle gecko (will make it easier for them to cohabitate as adults)

Note that whatever pairing you choose, cohabitating a crested gecko with a gargoyle gecko is something that is out of the natural instincts and behaviors of both crested and gargoyle geckos.

So, for cohabitation to work in a way that doesn’t harm either species, you will need to have vigil and supervision at all times – at least until the two species warm up to each other.

Summary – Why It Isn’t a Good Idea To Pair Them

In the wild, both – the crested gecko and the gargoyle gecko – lead their own solitary lives.

They don’t like to mingle with other geckos, regardless of whether they are of the same species of geckos or not. They simply like to live alone until they have to mate.

So, cohabitating the two species is actually something out of their natural order.

This is why, despite the similarities in food, enclosure, habitat, and more – it is not exactly a good idea to cohabitate the two.

 

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