Crested Geckos, Geckos, Habitat and Enclosures

5 Reasons Why Is My Crested Gecko Hiding

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by The Pet Engineers

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A crested gecko is one of the most popular reptiles for pet owners to have – even the beginners who have had no experience with crested geckos or reptiles as a whole.

Other than being a beginner-friendly pet, a crested gecko is also very popularly known for being less social.

Crested geckos love their solitude. Sometimes, this solitude may come across as a tendency to hide more often than the other pets that you may have such as a dog or a cat.

There are a couple of reasons behind your crested gecko hiding frequently: new home, stressors in the environment, illness, forced cohabitation, etc.

Is It Normal For Crested Geckos To Hide?

Yes, it is usually very normal for a crested gecko to hide. What seems like hiding may actually just be the difference in the times of activity of you and your crested gecko.

A crested gecko is a crepuscular animal. This means that your pet stays up mostly during dusk and early dawn.

Basically, when you are sound asleep, that is when your crested gecko is at its most active levels. So, chances are, you are just not seeing your crested gecko.

It may thus seem like your crested gecko is frequently hiding.

5 Reasons Why It Hides

Other than the issue with the timeline of activity levels between you and your pet crested gecko, there are several reasons why your crested gecko may actually be hiding in the foliage of its enclosure.

New Home & New Surroundings

If you have just brought your new pet crested gecko home, then it is completely normal for it to run into hiding more often.

A crested gecko is on high alert when it is shifted to a new environment. It needs some time to settle into its new surroundings and get used to the new people around the enclosure.

So, until your pet crested gecko starts feeling at home in its enclosure and gets used to your presence, it is very normal for your pet to go into hiding pretty often.

Female Crested Geckos Hide During Ovulation

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You crestie might be getting ready to lay eggs

If you have a female pet crested gecko who has suddenly started going into hiding suddenly out of the blue, then chances are that she is ovulating and is about to lay eggs.

It is important to know that a female crested gecko will lay eggs regardless of whether or not she has undergone mating with a male crested gecko.

Although, in that case, the eggs will be unfertilized and will not produce any baby crested geckos.

Whether or not the egg has been fertilized, when a female crested gecko is about to lay eggs, she starts going into hiding frequently. This is very normal behavior.

External Stressors

When the crested gecko is under stress, it may start going into hiding more often.

There are many external stressors – loud noises around the enclosure, frequent handling, some other crested gecko cohabitating in the enclosure, etc.

These stressors can be a reason why your crested gecko may be going into hiding.

Illness

When your crested gecko is sick, it may start hiding frequently. Try and lure your crested gecko out in such times to check for symptoms and monitor the health of your pet.

Any kind of sickness naturally tends to stress the crested gecko out. Moreover, even in the best of its health, a crested gecko prefers isolation and solitude.

Therefore, in times of sickness, this need for personal space increases.

Incorrect Environmental Parameters

You must always ensure that the parameters of the enclosure environment should be in the accurate and ambient range.

Any changes in the environmental parameters of the enclosure, such as the humidity, temperature, lighting, or even improper foliage, may become an external stressor for your pet crested gecko.

The humidity should always be maintained in the range of 60 to 70 percent, and the temperature should be between 70- and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Also, you should ensure that the humidity levels do not accelerate bacterial or fungal growth – for this, you should reduce the humidity levels to around 50 percent for a very short duration.

Regular misting is also very important to maintain the moisture levels of the enclosure.

The lighting of the enclosure should mimic the natural lighting of the crested gecko’s habitat as well as you can. Provide enough foliage and proper substrate in the tank.

Any changes in these environmental settings can cause your crested gecko to stress out and fall ill. When this happens, naturally, your crested gecko will start going into hiding more frequently.

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Incorrect tank settings can cause stress

Is Hiding A Sign Of Stress?

Yes, sometimes hiding is a sign of stress for your crested gecko. Many external and internal stressors may cause your pet crested gecko to frequently go into hiding. Some of the external stressors include:

  • Too hot or too cold temperature
  • Incorrect humidity levels
  • Forced cohabitation
  • Feeling threatened or scared by the presence of new people in the house
  • Handling too frequently
  • Improper lighting

Some internal stresses on the other hand could be:

  • Underlying medical condition or illness
  • Shedding may be due soon
  • Ovulation in female crested geckos

Some other signs and symptoms of stress are:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Irregularity in bowel moments
  • Being very lethargic
  • Or, on the other hand, being very frisky and aggressive

If your crested gecko is showing these signs along with going into hiding too frequently, you should consider consulting a vet to figure out the root behavioral or medical problems that may be stressing your pet crested gecko out.

How Long Do You Wait To Check On It?

If you have started to observe your pet crested gecko going into hiding more often than it normally does, you might naturally be tempted to check on your pet and try to get it out of hiding as soon as you can.

But is that the right way of going about it? Probably not. It is a better idea to wait for a little while before checking on your crested gecko.

If your crested gecko is hiding due to stress, it may take anywhere between 1 to 3 weeks to come back to its normal state, depending upon the nature of the stressor and whether or not the stressor can be taken out or eliminated in one way or another.

If there is absolutely nothing you can do about the stressor, then let your pet crested gecko be. It will normalize soon.

As for the loss of appetite that accompanies stress, your crested gecko can go for about 10 to 14 days without eating.

After that period, if your crested gecko is still stressed out, hiding, and not eating properly, then you may consider consulting a vet.

How Do You Lure A Crested Gecko Out Of Hiding?

If it has been quite a while since your pet crested gecko has been in hiding, you may wonder how can you lure it out.

Here are a few things that may help you lure your pet crested gecko out of hiding, depending upon the root cause behind why it has gone into hiding:

Check and correct the environmental parameters.

If your crested gecko is going into hiding, it may be a good time to revisit the environmental parameters of the environment, that is, humidity, temperature, lighting, foliage, and substrate.

Ensure that all these fundamentals are taken care of. After that, give some time to your crested gecko to adjust to the ambient conditions. It will come out on its own.

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Set-up the enclosure correctly

Spray some water and leave some treats in the tank.

Whatever may be your crested gecko’s favorite foods – it could be some insects like crickets or roaches, or some kind of fruit or seeds or plants – leave it in the tank and wait for your crested gecko to come out for its treat.

Feed your pet crested gecko with your hands.

This works wonders, especially for new pet crested geckos that have just been brought home.

Your new pet may be hiding because it needs a lot of time to adjust to the new surroundings of the enclosure as well as to your presence.

You may try and accelerate this bonding by trying to feed your pet with your own hands.

This may give the crested gecko a sense of security around you, as it will start associating you with safety and food, instead of looking at you as a threat.

Conclusion

It is not unheard of for pet crested geckos to go into hiding every now and then. If your pet crested gecko has just been brought home, it is natural for it to go into hiding until it starts feeling secure and safe in the enclosure and in your presence.

In that case, simply give it time and do not rush the process. If you have had your pet crested gecko for quite some time now, and it has suddenly started going into hiding.

You will have to dig deeper to find out the root cause behind this.

It could be due to stress or illness, or bodily processes like shedding or ovulation in female crested geckos.

The key to ensuring your crested gecko is not stressed and is happy and healthy is to take good care of all of the involved factors – environment, humidity, interacting frequency, etc. – at all times.

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