Crested Geckos, Geckos, Habitat and Enclosures

Why Is My Crested Gecko On The Ground Or Floor?

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by The Pet Engineers


Crested geckos are well-known arboreal animals. That is why, when you see your crested gecko lying on the floor too often, it may make you concerned about your pet’s health.

A crested gecko may be on the floor or ground of its enclosure for multiple reasons such as lack of enough foliage, low humidity, shedding, temperature regulation, etc.

In this article, we look at each of these reasons in depth to understand why your pet may crested gecko may be on the floor or ground of its enclosure, and what you can do about it.

5 Reasons Why Your Crested Gecko Is on The Ground

Low Humidity

If the humidity levels of your pet crested gecko enclosure aren’t maintained at the ideal level of 60 to 80 percent, your pet may come down on the floor looking for moisture in the substrate.

It may also spend a lot of time on the floor near its source of drinking water.

Why is your crested gecko on the ground?

High Temperature

Contrary to humidity levels, if the temperature of the enclosure becomes too high, your crested gecko may come down on the floor and even dig and bury itself into a small and shallow burrow or trench in the substrate.

This is how crested geckos in the wild regulate their body temperatures and cool down when the weather is unusually hot.


If your crested gecko is spending a lot of time on the floor, is showing a loss of appetite, and is seemingly grey or pale in color, chances are that your pet is going to undertake to shed anytime soon.

In this period, ensure that the humidity and temperature of the enclosure are maintained as accurately as possible and monitor your pet without handling it.

Laying Eggs

If you have a female crested gecko, you should know that whether or not she mates, she will undergo a regular cycle of 30 to 45 days in which she lays a clutch of eggs.

Whether the eggs are fertile or infertile will depend on whether your pet underwent mating or not.

In any case, when it’s time to lay her eggs, your pet crested gecko will spend a lot of time on the floor. She will then dig into the substrate and lay and bury her eggs in it.

Healthy Crested Gecko Eggs
Crested geckos lay eggs on the floor or substrate

Injury in Limbs

A more serious and concerning reason why your crested gecko may be on the floor more often than usual is that it may have injured its limbs and is finding it difficult to climb the branches.

An injury will also be accompanied by signs like visibly stressed body language, vocalization such as squeaking, and difficulty walking around or even going near its food.

Is It a Bad Thing for A Crested Gecko to Be on The Ground?

How good or bad it is for your crested gecko to be on the ground depends on why your crested gecko is on the ground.

If your crested gecko is otherwise healthy, happy, and comfortable, there is nothing wrong with it wanting to relax on the ground.

If your pet crested gecko shows no signs of injury or distress, and if the parameters of the enclosure, i.e., the temperature and humidity levels are accurately maintained, then you don’t need to be worried about your pet being on the ground.

If, however, your crested gecko shows additional signs, such as loss of appetite, squeaking, difficulty in moving around, and an overall distressed body language, then it may be a concerning sign that your crested gecko is constantly on the ground.

Depending on the root cause, you may need to intervene or seek help from a vet.

Why Isn’t My Crested Gecko Climbing?

If you have provided enough foliage in the enclosure, and your crested gecko is still not climbing, it may be because of one or more of the following reasons:

How To Prevent It

Before you get too concerned about your crested gecko lying on the floor, you need to first gauge if you need to intervene in the first place.

crested gecko licking mouth
Crested geckos spend most of their in branches

If your crested gecko is lying on the floor because it may shed, lay eggs, or simply because it wants to rest, then you don’t need to intervene at all.

If, however, your crested gecko is lying on the ground due to health issues or injuries, you may need to seek a vet’s help.

To prevent your crested gecko from lying on the floor due to distress, you should:

  • Ensure that the humidity and temperature of the enclosure are maintained accurately.
  • Monitor your crested gecko’s health to catch any early signs of injury or health issues.
  • Provide enough sturdy foliage for your crested gecko to comfortably climb and play around.
  • Deep clean the tank every month and ensure that the glass walls and the foliage and decorations inside the tank are clean.


It may seem strange at first to see your arboreal crested gecko spending too much time on the floor or ground, but it is not uncommon.

There are several reasons why a crested gecko may lie on the floor. While some reasons, such as an injury or some distress, are concerning, some reasons are pretty normal and don’t need any intervention from your side, such as shedding or laying eggs.

All in all, if your crested gecko is lying on the floor and is looking healthy, happy, and comfortable, let it be.

The Pet Engineers

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