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Crested Gecko behaviour & Health issues

Post by xvickyx on Wed May 19, 2010 3:00 pm

Normal Behavior and Interaction:
Crested Geckos are a nocturnal species that will spend all day sleeping. Once they get up in the evening they are amusing to watch wandering around their cage. They seem to enjoy each others company greatly and often sleep together during the day. At night it is not uncommon to hear the rustle of leaves during little tussles as well as growls, squeaks, barks and yips as they talk to each other in the same cage, and to geckos in other cages. Cresteds are normally amenable to handling with a little bit of patience and work. Older juveniles and adults can be handled for as much as they tolerate, which will vary from individual to individual; some never really settle down, while others are happy to sit on a shoulder or desk for hours at a time.

Two warnings should be heeded, however. First, Crested Geckos love to jump! Animals that are not accustomed to handling should be kept close to the ground until they have lost their desire for flight. Second, if your Crested Gecko drops its tail it will never grow back (unlike many other species). These stumpy Cresteds suffer no long term negative effects. Rough handling and overly stressing your gecko should be avoided if you want your pet to retain its caudal appendage.

Signs of a Healthy Pet

  • Active and alert
  • Healthy skin
  • Clear eyes
  • Eats regularly
  • Clear nose and vent
Common Health Issues and Red Flags:

  • Weight loss or decreased appetite
  • Mucus in mouth or nose
  • Swelling
  • Lethargy
  • Bumps, sores, or abrasions on skin
  • Labored breathing
  • Paralysis of limbs or tail
  • Abnormal feces
  • Inability to climb
  • Kinked tail
  • Floppy jaw

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