Can crested geckos and leopard geckos live together?
No, a crested gecko and a leopard gecko can never be housed together.
Despite being two of the most popular choices of pets among reptile and gecko enthusiasts, the leopard and crested geckos are very incompatible with each other in terms of their living conditions, dietary habits, and overall caretaking.
So, you cannot cohabitate a crested gecko with a leopard gecko.
Can a Crested Gecko and Leopard Gecko Live Together in the Same Enclosure?
No, a crested gecko and a leopard gecko cannot live together in the same enclosure.
The leopard gecko comes from arid and semiarid regions such as the deserts of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and the hot and dry parts of India.
The crested gecko, on the other hand, comes from the rainforests of New Caledonia.
Their different places of origin are a testament to the different lifestyles that the two species of geckos have.
These differences are the reason why you cannot cohabitate a crested gecko with a leopard gecko because, in an attempt to balance their conflicting needs, you will end up harming both geckos.
Are Crested Geckos and Leopard Care The Same?
No, the caretaking parameters for a crested gecko and a leopard gecko are not at all the same. There are many differences and contradictions – right from food to habitat and everything else.
The diet that works for leopard geckos is dominated by insects like crickets and waxworms.
Now, there is no problem in feeding your crested gecko the same insects – but these insects are more of an occasional treat for the crested gecko than its staple diet.
This is because, for a crested gecko, these insects carry very little nutritional value. Moreover, your crested gecko may become overweight and obese if you continue to feed these worms and insects in large numbers.
Being from two different regions, a leopard gecko’s enclosure will be completely different from a crested gecko’s enclosure.
A leopard gecko will need an enclosure that mimics the environment of an arid or semiarid desert, while a crested gecko will need an enclosure that mimics the environment of a rainforest.
Crested geckos are arboreal or semi-arboreal, and so, their habitat needs to have a lot of foliage – branches, plants, etc. Their tanks are spread both vertically and horizontally.
Leopard geckos, on the other hand, are terrestrial. They need tanks that are horizontally spacious. They do not need a lot of foliage inside their enclosures.
Humidity and Temperature
Crested geckos are adapted to a rainforest’s high humidity. Therefore, the enclosure of a crested gecko needs to maintain a humidity level between 60 and 80 percent.
Humidity levels below 60 percent for an extended time will have an adverse effect on the health of the crested gecko.
On the contrary, a leopard gecko needs humidity between 30 and 40 percent. Coming from desert areas, leopard geckos are not adapted to high humidity.
Therefore, humidity levels above 40 percent for an extended time will have an adverse effect on the health of leopard geckos.
Similarly, the two geckos do not have the same temperature requirements.
Crested geckos need a temperature range of 72- to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and leopard geckos need a temperature range of 80- to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Crested geckos need a properly balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, and insects. In captivity, however, they are mostly fed the commercially available mixes as they provide the required balance of all nutrients.
Leopard geckos feed on insects in captivity. They require crickets, waxworms, mealworms, etc. These insects can be given to crested geckos too, but only in controlled amounts – or else, your crested gecko will be at risk of obesity.
Potential Problems Arising From A Crested Gecko and Leopard Gecko Cohabiting
The major problem is that the difference in living conditions is so much that no matter how well you try to balance both their requirements, you will end up creating a problematic environment that has adverse effects on the health of both – the crested gecko and the leopard gecko.
Moreover, crested geckos are solitary creatures. They prefer their personal space so much that cohabitating with any other gecko can stress them out to a point that they fall sick.
The following are the potential problems you may face when you try to cohabitate a crested gecko with a leopard gecko:
- If you maintain the humidity levels above 40 percent, your leopard gecko will fall sick. On the other hand, if the humidity levels are below 60 percent, your crested gecko will not be able to survive.
- If the temperatures cross 75 degrees Fahrenheit, your crested gecko will overheat and get dehydrated. If the temperatures go below 80 degrees Fahrenheit, your leopard gecko will get cold.
- If you feed your crested gecko only insects like crickets, waxworms, and mealworms, it will get overweight and develop health problems due to obesity.
Summary – Why It Isn’t a Good Idea To Pair Them
Leopard geckos and crested geckos come from two different worlds – their adaptations are very different.
While leopard geckos prefer a dry, hot, desert-like environment, crested geckos are more suited to humid, warm environments that mimic a rainforest.
Their diets are also different. Forcing them to cohabitate will lead to both their health being negatively impacted.
It is therefore better to not pair them and instead have separate enclosures for your pet crested gecko and your pet leopard gecko.