Crested Geckos, Geckos, Habitat and Enclosures

Crested Gecko Cohabitation Guide: Can Crested Geckos Live With Green Anoles Or Not?

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by The Pet Engineers

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Crested geckos are mostly solitary by nature. So, if you can avoid it, you should avoid cohabitating crested geckos with any other geckos or reptiles for that matter.

It is in the best interest of you and all your reptile pets to provide them with their own individual enclosures if you have the resources and space to do so.

Now that that’s out of the way, if push comes to shove, you could temporarily house your green anole with your crested gecko.

They have similar tank requirements. Note that the key word here is “temporarily” and “similar”.

The tank requirements are not the same, but not very different either.

There are overlapping regions that will allow you to temporarily house your crested gecko with your green anole.

Can A Green Anole And A Crested Gecko Live Together?

A green anole and a crested gecko can be temporarily housed together as their tank and environment requirements are fairly similar.

However, you should not prolong the cohabitation of your crested gecko with any other species or geckos – including green anoles.

Humidity

Both, crested geckos and green anoles have the exact same humidity requirement.

The tank of your crested gecko and that of your green anole should maintain a humidity level of 60% to 80% at all times.

You can reduce the humidity levels temporarily while misting, but other than that, the humidity levels need to be accurately maintained.

Temperature

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Temperatures requirements are different for each reptiles

This is where the tank requirements of a crested gecko and a green anole go from being the exact same to be fairly similar.

A green anole needs the upper tank temperature to be maintained within the range of 85 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

The lower tank temperature of the green anole’s enclosure needs to be within the range of 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

These are the daytime temperature ranges. At nighttime, the temperature of the tank should be lowered to be within the range of 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Coming to crested geckos, they need their tanks to be maintained at a daytime temperature of 72 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit – but can handle temperatures up to 77 degrees Fahrenheit for short periods of time.

The nighttime temperature for a crested gecko’s tank needs to be between 60 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

While the temperature requirements are not exactly the same for green anoles and crested geckos, there are certain overlapping regions.

You can, thus, house the two lizards together – but only for a short period of time.

Habitat

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Both reptiles are arboreal

Crested geckos are semi-arboreal while green anoles are fully arboreal. So, in order to house a crested gecko with a green anole, you will need to ensure the following:

  • The tank should be spacious vertically and horizontally.
  • The tank should have a proper mix of short and tall foliage and branches to allow your crested gecko and green anole to climb and play around at different heights in the tank.
  • The tank should have ample hiding places on the lower level, especially near the floor of the enclosure, to let your crested gecko have enough personal space whenever it wants.

Diet

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Both reptiles eat insects

A green anole is purely insectivorous. Its staple diet includes insects such as beetles, cockroaches, worms, ants, and flies.

A green anole also consumes arthropods such as spiders.

A crested gecko, on the other hand, is insectivorous and frugivorous.

This means that not only does your pet crested gecko eat insects, but it also likes feasting upon fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, and leaves.

In fact, in captivity, a crested gecko should not be given a diet of pure insects as it can get nutritionally imbalanced.

Insects do not provide the required amounts of micronutrients and minerals such as vitamin A, iron, calcium, and phosphorus.

Too many insects can make your crested gecko obese.

However, since there is an overlap between the diets of your green anole and your crested gecko, it is better to only house them together for short periods of time.

Prolonged cohabitation can encourage competition over food and lead to fights between your green anole and your crested gecko.

Enclosure Space

A green anole needs a tank with a lot of vertical space. Being fully arboreal, your pet green anole will spend most of its time on the branches of the foliage.

In precise terms, a 10 US gallon (35 liters) tank is sufficient for one or two adult green anoles. However, the tank should have more length than breadth.

A crested gecko is semi-arboreal. This means your pet crested gecko will need a tank that is spacious horizontally and vertically.

The ideal tank measurement for a crested gecko is 12” X 12” X 18” – which is slightly more than 10 gallons.

Your crested gecko will not be comfortable for long in your green anole’s tank – and vice versa.

Housing them together for a short while should not be a problem, but housing them permanently will make them uncomfortable if the tank is not very large and spacious in horizontal and vertical dimensions.

Do Crested Geckos and Green Anoles Get Along?

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Both reptiles won’t get along

Green anoles are known to be fairly social. But their sociability is often limited to mating pairs.

Your green anole may find it relatively easier to adjust to cohabitation. Your crested gecko will, on the other hand, most likely hate cohabitation.

Crested geckos are solitary by nature. They don’t like to spend a lot of time with any other animal – not even other crested geckos!

So, it is advisable that you don’t force cohabitation on your crested gecko. It can lead to one or more of the following problems:

  • The stress of cohabitation can make your crested gecko lose its appetite.
  • If the stress goes beyond the threshold, your crested gecko may drop its tail.
  • Your crested gecko may instigate violence or behave aggressively, provoking the fairly sociable green anole to respond likewise.
  • Overlapping foods could mean competition over food, and that can soon become violent.

Which Reptiles Can Live Together with Crested Geckos?

Crested geckos live their best life in captivity when they are alone in their enclosures.

They are solitary and do not like cohabiting with any other animal. At best, you can house a female crested gecko with another female or male crested gecko.

But you can never house two male crested geckos in the same enclosure.

In fact, you should never house a male crested gecko with anyone else other than a female crested gecko. Males get aggressive and territorial.

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Crested geckos are solitary creatures

Even when cohabitating with other female crested geckos, you will need to keep a vigilant eye out for any untoward behaviors of your male crested gecko.

You can house a female crested gecko with another female crested gecko or other friendly species such as a female green anole.

But even then, you need to ensure that the enclosure is large enough for the two lizards not to cross each other frequently.

Summary

Green anoles and crested geckos are both interesting species to keep as pets. A green anole is also pretty sociable – at least with its mating pair.

A crested gecko, on the other hand, is very solitary. It prefers to be alone in its enclosure.

It is advisable that you completely avoid cohabiting a crested gecko with a green anole or any other gecko or lizard species.

If you do have to put your green anole and crested gecko in the same tank, do so only for a short period of time.

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