Care, Health and Growth, Crested Geckos, Geckos

25 Interesting Facts About Your Crested Gecko 2022

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by The Pet Engineers

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A crested gecko is one of the increasingly popular choices for pet owners and reptile lovers.

They are very interesting creatures indeed – in the wild they live mostly on trees, in captivity also they prefer to remain solitary, and they don’t even have eyelids!

Read along for 25 interesting facts about crested geckos that may make you want to get a crested gecko pet right away!

Fact 1 – Crested Geckos Were Discovered In The 19th Century!

The crested gecko was first discovered in the year 1866 by a French zoologist named Alphonse Guichenot. For quite some time, it was also called the Guichenot Giant Gecko in honor of the zoologist.

Fact 2 – Crested Geckos Fooled The Humans Into Thinking They Were Extinct!

You read that right. For more than a whole century after being discovered in the year 1866, the crested gecko was nowhere to be seen or found.

This made almost all scientists and zoologists believe that the crested gecko was extinct.

However, almost after a century of staying hidden, in the year 1994, the crested gecko was rediscovered by the expedition led by Robert Seipp.

Fact 3 – The Crested Gecko is The 2nd Most Popular Choice For Gecko Lovers

The most popular choice for geckos amongst reptile lovers is the leopard gecko. However, closely following its lead is the crested gecko, and the base of its fans is only increasing with time.

They live long, are very hardy, and don’t require a lot of space – which makes them an ideal pet even for beginner and amateur reptile lovers and gecko owners.

Fact 4 – Crested Geckos Are Arboreal

In the wild, crested geckos spend most of their lives climbing and jumping from one tree to another. Even in captivity, it is advised to have enough foliage to keep your crested geckos active.

crested gecko climbing
Crested geckos are active reptiles

Fact 5 – Crested Geckos Are Crepuscular

Crested geckos are crepuscular – this means that they are active at dusk and dawn. During the daytime, they spend their time sleeping and getting rest.

In the wild, they usually do so in dense foliage to hide from potential prey.

Fact 6 – Crested Geckos Do Not Have Eyelids

Crested geckos do not have eyelids, which is why even when they are sleeping, it might seem like their eyes are open.

They have pupils that constrict and expand in order to regulate the amount of light that goes in and out of their eyes.

crested gecko eye
a closer look at a crested gecko eyes

Fact 7 – Crested Geckos Are Frugivorous

While not unlike other lizards, even crested geckos enjoy feasting on insects, they also love to feed on fruit.

Fact 8 – Crested Geckos Can Be Very Vocal

Crested geckos are very vocal. They have different kinds of calls and noises for different emotions or expressions.

For instance, in the wild, a crested gecko may bark to warn the other male species from entering its territory. Crested geckos also chirp as a potential way to approach their mate.

This isn’t all.

Crested geckos squeak, bark, chirp, and make other noises for various purposes such as mating, communicating with other geckos, and even letting their owners know that they are uncomfortable.

Fact 9 – Crested Geckos Are Available In Many Captive Morphs

From patterned to bi-stripe to even phantom pinstripe – there are over 12 different morphs, colors, and types of crested geckos available.

Fact 10 – Crested Geckos Have Mostly Healthy Morphs

Almost all of the morphs of the crested geckos are very healthy and hardy. If kept with proper care and attention, almost all crested gecko morphs can lead a happy and healthy life up to and even over a decade.

Fact 11 – Crested Geckos Live Long

Continuing over from the previous fact, crested geckos can live a healthy life in captivity for up to 20 years. In the wild, their average life span is 5 to 8 years.

8 year old crested gecko
8 years old crested gecko

Fact 12 – Crested Geckos Were Once Considered To Be A Rhacodactylus Species

While the crested geckos, belonging to the Correlophus species, was considered to be a part of the Rhacodactylus species, it has now been reclassified into Correlophus as a sister species instead.

Fact 13 – Crested Geckos Have A Very Sticky Set Of Feet And Tail

The feet and tail of all geckos, including crested geckos, are so sticky that they have inspired many biomimicry inventions.

A common example is the gecko tape. Also, recently, something called the “Geckskin” was invented which can hold up to 700 pounds on a smooth wall.

crested gecko feet
crested gecko sticky feet

Fact 14 – Crested Geckos Do Not Like To Socialize

A crested gecko is one of the most introverted animals you will ever come across. Crested geckos love to spend their lives in a solitary fashion.

They only communicate with one another either to warn or to mate. Other than the occasional walkthroughs and crossed paths in the wild, crested geckos do not intentionally form communities or move or live in groups.

Fact 15 – Crested Geckos Are The Natives Of New Caledonia

The population of the crested gecko is native to the rainforests of New Caledonia.

To be more specific, crested geckos are found in the Isle of Pines and the main island of Grand Terre, as well as their respective surrounding islets, in the South Province of New Caledonia.

Fact 16 – Crested Geckos Cannot Regrow Their Tails

It is a known fact that most lizards lose their tails and can regrow them as well. However, while a crested gecko can lose its tail, it cannot regrow. So, once the tail is gone, it’s gone for good.

crested gecko dropped tail
Crested geckos can drop their tails but can’t grow them back

Fact 17 – Crested Geckos Take “Leaps of Faith”

What this basically means is that crested geckos tend to jump without planning a landing spot.

They jump suddenly – and while in the wild, they have a lot of foliage to protect them – in captivity, especially if you’re holding your crested gecko in your hand, its sudden jump may lead to injury due to rough landing.

Fact 18 – Crested Geckos Do Not Have External Ears

Unlike most species, crested geckos do not have external ears. Instead, they have holes behind their eyes.

Fact 19 – Crested Geckos In The Wild Are In 3 Disjunct Populations

In the wild, that is, in the rainforests of New Caledonia, the crested gecko species are present in 3 disjunct populations.

One set is in the Isle of Pines while there are 2 disjunct populations on the main island of Grand Terra.

Fact 20 – Crested Geckos’ First Meal Of Their Life Is Their Own Skin!

When the crested gecko hatchlings have shed their first skin, they eat it up. This is in fact their first-ever meal! They get their nutrition from the remains of their yolk sac.

Fact 21 – Crested Geckos Can Cohabitate With Some Precautions

While crested geckos ideally prefer isolation, you can cohabitate groups of 3 females, 2 females and 1 male, or 1 male and 1 female crested gecko together.

You will, however, need to be cautious to avoid any injuries due to fights.

Fact 22 – Crested Geckos Can Only See 3 Colors

Crested geckos have excellent vision, especially in the nighttime. However, they can only perceive three colors: blue, green, and UV spectrum.

Fact 23 – Crested Gecko Eyes Are 350 Times As Sensitive As Human Eyes!

The reason behind crested geckos having such great vision even in low lighting conditions is that the eyes of a crested gecko are 350 times as sensitive as a human being’s eyes!

crested gecko eye
Crestie eyes are so sensitive

Fact 24 – Crested Geckos Are Also Called Eyelash Geckos

The crested gecko has a distinct ridge above its eyes which gives it the name eyelash gecko.

Fact 25 – A Small Fire Ant Is The Biggest Threat To The Crested Gecko!

For the crested gecko populations in the wild, particularly in the rainforests of New Caledonia, the biggest threat is the population of fire ants.

Fire ants attack the crested geckos and even feed on their natural dietary insects.

Summary

That is all about the interesting world of crested geckos. These reptiles are fun as pets, very hardy, and easy to take care of.

Their distinct and interesting traits, types, and idiosyncrasies make them very amusing creatures.

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