How to get your crested gecko to eat insects

When we vend at reptile shows we get a LOT of questions.  They range across the board.  Many are specific to housing, morphs/colors, age, etc.  At times, a conversation may meander to a point that just makes me cringe.  At a show, I can grin and bear it but when I see this same comment mentioned on other social media avenues…. Well, I am finally breaking down and addressing it. Conversations start with what to feed crested geckos.  Most agree that a good staple food like href="/crested-gecko-diet/pangea-gecko-diet" target="_blank">Pangea is the way to go.  Yes, I started with cresties when the favored food was prepared baby food.  We’ve come so far!  But, eventually the discussion will take a slight turn-  ‘You should feed a balanced diet, including insects’.  Again, most keepers will agree, but occasionally we get the ‘Mine won’t eat crickets’.  Oh, right there!  Did you see the hairs on the back of my neck perk up?  Yes, to me this is a bit of a hot button. Let [ ... ]

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Crested Gecko Taking Off The Training Wheels
Crested Gecko Taking Off The Training Wheels

  Did you just buy your first crested gecko?  Well, congratulations.  Crested geckos are one of the best pets around.  You will be rewarded with years and years of pleasure.  Or, do you have a small collection- say a male and female or a couple pair?  How exciting, you may be setting up for the upcoming breeding season and preparing for all the wonderful experiences coming your way. I am sure you have the basic crested gecko care down.  There are several great resources on the web to help you keep your crested gecko as healthy as possible, including our care sheet.  But there are some little known facts about crested geckos that can quickly take you from beginner to experienced keeper.  And they are so simple! When in doubt, think Nature.  Whenever I have a question about the crested geckos I am keeping, I like to ask myself WWTDIN (What would they do in nature?).  Instinct and natural behavior is ingrained in our gecko pets. [ ... ]

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Collection - Crested Geckos Reds
Collection - Crested Geckos Reds

Reds GROUP 1 Red Bull Lucy Venus This is our top-line breeding group.  Red Bull, Lucy, and Venus have produced many,
many outstanding hatchlings.  We are extremely proud of these beautiful red crested geckos.   GROUP 2   Paint Ball Red 4 I really love the rich reds of this female.     GROUP 3   Photo Coming Soon Red 3 Another wonderful Red female.  Matched with the right male,
this will be a super pair!    GROUP 4   Lady Bug Lady Bug Lady Bug Wonderful red colors and look at that crest!   I absolutely love  Lady Bug!   GROUP 6 Red 6 One of our largest groups.  Red 7 is all about nice, clean red crested geckos.
We formed this group from holdbacks from Red Bull, Lucy, and Venus.  The 
bloodline is certainly there! &nbs [ ... ]

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Collection - Crested Geckos Harley
Collection - Crested Geckos Harley

Harley GROUP 1 Cerberus Three Cheers 3rd Star Cerberus (3 headed dog in mythology) is a Tri-Color of the finest bloodlines.  
He will be paired with two of our prized females this year.   GROUP 2 Cerberus Triple Play Triple Threat Cerberus will be joining these two lovely ladies in our second Tri-Color grouping.   GROUP 3 Dark Harley Showing off their dark background and beautiful gold highlighting, we are excited
to see what this pairing presents this coming year.     GROUP 4 High Sierra High Harley group.  I love the colors, the darker background and the sparkling gold color.
Most of all, I really like the pattern!     GROUP 5 Chocolate Mousse One of our best producing groups.  
Harleys from these three are either dark or super dark.     [ ... ]

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Collection - Crested Geckos Red Harley
Collection - Crested Geckos Red Harley

Red Harley GROUP 1 St. Nick  FireCracker Phoenix This is one of my top end projects.  St. Nick is one of the most outstanding Red Harleys
we've produced at Supreme Gecko.  These babies will be something else!   GROUP 2 Red Cardinal A darker red harley.  I like the colors on this pair.     GROUP 3 Firesale This will be our first year working with the Firesale group.  
The male is really an incredible red.  
The Red Harley female certainly is nice as well.     GROUP 4 Mars Saturn 1 Saturn 2 Huge potential for this group.  Mars is an impressive red male and Saturn 1 & 2
are twins of each otther.   I cannot wait to see the results of this group.   GROUP 5 To be determined Red Rose Pepper Waiting for the right male. &n [ ... ]

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Collection - Crested Geckos Mocha
Collection - Crested Geckos Mocha

Mocha GROUP 1 Mocha High All the mocha colors, all the heavy cream color.  
But, with even more harly highlights.   Simply outstanding.   GROUP 2 Hershey's Dark Chocolate Can you guess what we are trying to achieve with this group? That's right, darker, darker, darker!     GROUP 3 The Dark Knight Dove Bar Milky Way This is a fun group.  One of our last minute holdbacks from 2015.  We are excited to
work with this group.   GROUP 4 Coffee- Black Tabatha Such an interesting group.     

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Collection - Crested Geckos Red Pinner
Collection - Crested Geckos Red Pinner

Red Pinstripes GROUP 1 Paint Ball Red Line We will be adding just the right male to this group.  Very pleased with this first year's
results from our our Red Pinner project.   GROUP 2 Red Stripe Red Stripe Another fantastic red pinner line.  Gotta love those colors.   GROUP 2 Toma Mary 01 Mary 02 The most difficult determination is what cresties males go with what females.  
We feel Toma will go perfect with Mary 01 and Mary 02.   GROUP 3 Red Top An extraordinary pinner male combined with a female that so unique.  
Let's see what happens.      

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Collection - Crested Geckos Pinstripes
Collection - Crested Geckos Pinstripes

Pinstripes GROUP 1 King Henry Queen Victoria Henry and Victoria are lighter pinners.  
They have nice crests, full pins, and produce a very good percentage
of full pinners.   GROUP 2 King Phillip Catherine the Great Phillip is the type of Pinner we really like.  Dark!  Full pins and dark background.
Catherine has very unique pins and we are hoping the babies pass this characteristic
their babies.   GROUP 3 William The Conqueror  PinFull Phillip is the type of Pinner we really like.  Dark!  Full pins and dark background.
PinFull is a very different pinner.  The dorsal is just perfect.  
The sides are almost translucent.   GROUP 4 King Edward II QE II Edward has been with us for a long time.  He is the father, grandfather, great
grandfather to many many geckos in so many crested gecko c [ ... ]

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Collection - Crested Geckos Dalmatians
Collection - Crested Geckos Dalmatians

Dalmatians GROUP 1 101 Dalmatians  Some might consider this group (especially the male) a Super Dalmatian.  
I believe they fall just a bit short of SDs.  But, love their larger dalmatians.   GROUP 2 With Sprinkles This young pair of crested geckos will make some exciting babies for us this year. I cannot way to see this project 3 years down the line.   GROUP 3 Confetti I love the male's spots.  The female is a blank canvas. The objective of this group is to produce some nice red, tiny dot geckos.     GROUP 4 SunSpot Baby Male is a dark dalmatian.  Female is a red dalmatian.  
I wonder what this will produce.
Actually I know and am hoping to establish this pattern in the next couple years.   GROUP 5 Dalmatian You would be amazed at the quality of dalmatians t [ ... ]

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When to Feed Insects to Baby Crested Geckos

        The Email/Private Message starts like this... "My crested gecko laid eggs and they hatched out.  I've been feeding the diet but want to feed insects as I've heard they grow faster that way.  Can you advise me on the best way to do this?".  They are correct, and yes I can!"  But, my advice to new crested gecko breeders might surprise you. I've  been breeding and raising crested gecko for 10 years.  That is thousands and thousands of baby crested geckos.  I don’t say this to impress anyone, just pointing out that I have experience raising these animals.  I can assure you that one of the main factors to raising healthy, strong crested geckos is food.  I am a STRONG advocate of providing young animals with the best, most balanced foods I can. Balanced food.  That is the key.  Of course a balanced food contains the right blend of vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins…  Wait, let’s stop on that wo [ ... ]

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How to Choose Crested Geckos for Your Breeding Pro...
How to Choose Crested Geckos for Your Breeding Projects

It starts with your first crested gecko.  Oh, they are so cute.  Whether you obtain a youngster or an adult, you are hooked!  One becomes two, then becomes three, then becomes a collection.  Soon you have females laying eggs. Excitement-  your first baby.  If your crested gecko collection has rocketted to this level, your next fous is certainly in the color/pattern/shape/size of your breeding animals.  You no longer obsess about quantity, but on quality.   But what is quality?  Is it the reddest reds (of course it is if you know me), the best pinstripping, the most rediculeous crests, or simply a 'moose' of a crested gecok?  We all have our opinions and tastes.  That's what makes this hobby great.  There is NO right answer.   Below, we will examine the criteria used by 3 crested gecko keepers with, not only an fine eye for beauty in these animals, but also unbelievable collections!  Join me in looking into the se [ ... ]

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How Do I Tell if My Crested Gecko is a Male or Fem...

Your crested geckos are now about 6-8 months old and you naturally want to know their sex- do you have a male or a female. How do you tell? Of course you can take him or her to a pet store but will they really know the difference (some are very knowledgeable but others not so much). You can wait and take it to a reptile show, but you want to know now! Below, I've outlined a few simple things you can look for determine if you have a male or a female crested gecko.     The older the gecko, the more easily it will be to identify as a male if it has a bulge. The bulge is the GREY circle above. Males develop this bulge (testicals) anywhere from 5-8 months of age although I had one not show any bulge until 14 months! Sometimes, well fed females will also show a bulge however. Here is a little known trick to use if you are unsure. Check out the red circle, Male crested geckos' bulge will typically be separated. In the picture above, you should clearly see the division. That's a [ ... ]

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How Long Can I Leave The MRP in the Enclosure

You are doing the best for your crested gecko by feeding it the MRP diet. But, how long should you keep the food in the enclosure? Our schedule is feeding the MRP diet every other day (evenings of course). We prepare the diet, fill the dishes, and strart putting them in the enclosures. First we take out the old dish and add the new dish. So, the dished will then stay in the enclosure until the next feeding, two days later. A couple tricks we've learned-
1. On the day we do not feed, we mist the enclosure and make sure we add a bit of water to the food dish. This will soften up the mix and allow another opportunity for those geckos that like a little snack between full meals.
2. If the food is moulding, it probably means the enclosure is not drying out inbetween mistings and should be misted less frequently.     Click Here to order MRP   How to Prepare the MRP          
 

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What substrate should I use in my crested gecko en...
What substrate should I use in my crested gecko enclosure?

I am going to break this down into two sections- baby crested geckos and adult crested geckos For Baby Crested Geckos We suggest using one of two substrates- paper towel or bare bottom enclosure. Baby crested geckos need more humidity than adults. A paper towel sheet provided on the bottom of the enclosure or, if going with a bare bottom, a wadded up paper towel in a corner of the enclosure will offer a way to mist and collect moisture for the little ones. With either method, we also provide plenty of hiding spaces with plastic plants and cardboard egg cartons. For our Adult crested geckos, we provide each enclosure with a moist hide-both as a place for the gecko to hide and a place for them to hydrate (we add moist vermiculite to the box). Read more here to Learn how to make a Humid Hide. Many keepers offer some form of peat moss as a substrate as a method to keep humidity up. We prefer a bare bottom tank as it is so difficult to find eggs in a peat substrate. To make the enclos [ ... ]

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How do I know if my crested gecko is egg bound?
How do I know if my crested gecko is egg bound?

Egg binding in reptiles (dystocia) is a serious situation and a visit to a reputable vet should be considered. Symptoms-  lethargy, loss of appetite, most notably bloated stomach. Unfortunately almost impossible to tell by an inexperienced breeder!
Cause- while genetic (physical deformity), abnormally large/misshaped/stuck together eggs are causes of egg binding, poor health is a much more common cause- including calcium deficiency. Most often occurs in first time breeding females (DeNardo 1995). Can occur even with unbred females.
Solution- several hobbiests rely on luke warm baths. Another method is to gently massage the egg area. Both of these methods are very risky. The best option to take is to consult a vet that speciallizing in reptile care.
Note- it may be more dangereous to the animal's health to treat before it is needed. Finally, again poor health/breeding practices greatly increase the chance for Egg Binding and will, if egg binding does occur greatly increase the  [ ... ]

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How many crested geckos can I keep together?
Crested gecko females

This is one of those classic “It depends answers”. First, never keep 2 males of any type of gecko together as they will certainly fight. Also, separate subadult males from females until they are adults. This avoids the male from breeding with a female not large enough to breed (at least 40 grams). Finally, do not keep geckos of significant size difference together. The smaller will most likely either be bullied and not grow like it should or become lunch. Always try to provide height than floor space in your enclosure as crested geckos are arboreal (climbing). A 20H is MUCH better than a 20L. Baby crested geckos can be kept together without an issue. We keep the two from the same hatch (2 eggs laid at the same time) together. Consider keeping up to 4 per 10 gallons of enclosure until they are juveniles. Juveniles (2-4 months of age) will take a bit more space and should be limited to 3/10 gallons of space. As sub-adults (5-10 months of age), not only should you be checki [ ... ]

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FAQ - Crested Geckos
FAQ - Crested Geckos

This section of information is meant to be a quick-stop answer source. We've all had those questions that stop us in our tracks and we just need a quick answer. I am hoping you will find the answer you are looking for here. If you do, let me know!! I would appreciate the feedback.
If you do not, please submit your question to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // and I will get back to you as quickly as possible and will update this page with your question.

A quick tip, all key words have been highlighted in red type to make them stand out. Also, you can do a search for a specific word in your question by typing it then, at the same time, press the CTRL and F keys, typing your word (example eating), then pressing the FIND NEXT button. My New Gecko I just purchased a new gecko from you, what should I do now?
There are several things you can do to ensure the health of your new animal: 1. Quarantine your animal- do not p [ ... ]

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Feeding Our Crested Geckos
Feeding Our Crested Geckos

This video has been done for about 3 weeks. Why haven't I published it? Well, I'm a bit of a perfectoinist and I was hoping this video could have a few extra features added that my software just would not handle- such as sound, additional segmentation, etc. However, instead of waiting for the perfect video, I felt it was more important to get this out to everyone for their review. Enjoy and let me know what you think with a comment below. Of special interest, check out the way we mix the diet, setup the cups, and especially how we mist the enclosures. Please, as well, press the Facebook LIKE button for Facebook to let others see what we are doing in our facility. Perhaps this might help others maintain their geckos better. VIDEO-  Crested Gecko Easy Order Form   New Crested Gecko Feeding Dishes  

  

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How Do I Take Care of My New Crested Gecko

    I just purchased a new crested gecko from you, what should I do now?   There are several things you can do to ensure the health of your new animal: Quarantine your animal- do not put it in an enclosure with other animals- for at least 30 days. The helps prevent any disease issues passing to the new animal or from the new animal. Also, new animals sometimes get bullied by established animals.
Provide a safe, clean, comfortable new home for the animal. You should check the information provide on this or other web pages for more details on the needs of your new animal (this includes temperature requirements!).
Provide water through misting the enclosure. I believe this is one of the most important, yet overlooked needs of new animals.
Minimize handling of new animals for at least a week especially very young animals.
Do not worry if they do not eat the first or second day after you have them. This is a very normal adjustment period for them. Provide the Cre [ ... ]

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Crested Geckos - Morphs
Crested Geckos - Morphs

Rhacodactylus ciliatus appear in several different color variations. Note that, just like crested geckos, the gargoyle geckos can change color dependent on mood, temperature, humidity, and time of day. Morphs Normal - Buckskin Bi-Color Flame/Fire Harlequin (Harley) Extreme Harlequin Tiger Pin-Stripe Mocha Dalmatian Super Dalmatian Portholes Moonglow Colors Brown - Buckskin Grey Yellow Red Orange Creamsicle Red Harley Blondes - Mochas Body Structure Characteristics Furry        


 

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Crested Geckos - How to Find Your Lost Gecko

No one feels good about losing a pet crested gecko. We all feel guilty about leaving a top open enough or a door ajar for them to get out. Next time this happens to you, please remember the information you find in the following article, it might just 'magically' bring your gecko back home…   rst Steps to Find Your Crested Gecko The first thing you should do is quickly scan the area within 10 feet of the gecko’s enclosure. It is amazing how many geckos are found only a few feet away from their escape point.   n’t PanicHealthy adult crested geckos can actually survive for quite some time in our homes without our care. One mistake often made by keepers is to put out a dish with crested gecko diet. The geckos will only come out when they are hungry, lap up some mix, then go off and hide for several days. No food dish and the geckos will roam around more often to look for food.   Water The one necessity your gecko will need while out of their enclos [ ... ]

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Crested Geckos - Health

Calcium deficiency (MBD) Normally this is a rare occurrence in crested geckos. The disease is typical of insufficient nutrients in the geckos diet, especially at a young age. Also known as MBD- muscular bone disease it is reversible to a point and best prevented than trying to treat the problem after noticing it. Geckos need a certain amount of calcium to develop and maintain bones mass. The effects of an insufficient amount of calcium is a gecko that looks weak, walks with shaking motions, and most notably a wavy tail. This can be achieved by: Dusting- adding calcium dust to the feeder insects Adding calcium in the gecko's moist food- friut or baby food Feeding CGD (Repashy Crested Gecko Diet) It is certainly much easier and less expensive feeding the CGD than trying to balance their requirements on our own. We strongly suggest to crested gecko owners a Pro-Active approach to avoiding the problem by excluding baby food completely from their diet, feeding insects once a wee [ ... ]

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Crested Geckos - Entamoeba invadens
Crested Geckos - Entamoeba invadens

ENTAMOEBA INVADENS   Disease Causing Organism in Captive Crested Gecko Population The purpose of this post is to make Rhac keepers aware of an unusual problem that affects Crested Geckos. I had read on this forum just a few days ago, a telltale story that parallels what I experienced. That person lost his male Crested for “unknown” reasons. While we’ll never know if what happened to his gecko is related, there is certainly a high degree of probability that it may be based on his description.
Early this fall I received 4 Crested Geckos from a breeder/dealer. Outwardly all 4 appeared healthy (with one being considerably larger than the other three). But as with all new animals, these 4 were placed in quarantine containers. Initially they all fed and behaved normally. After approximately 2 weeks, the larger one appeared to have lost weight. Certainly not something that triggered any alarms for a newly arrived animal, perhaps just a stress related anomaly. Well, I got rather b [ ... ]

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Crested Geckos - Breeding
Crested Geckos - Breeding

See Video - Collecting Crested Gecko Eggs   Before You Breed Your Gecko....
Before beginning a discussion on breeding, I must ask the following question- Are you prepared to breed your gecko?
That seems fairly obvious otherwise you wouldn't have visited this page. However, there are several points I would like to bring up before going any further
Do you have the knowledge? Well, hopefully that is why you are here. I have heard so often, or read on the internet so many times, "I have eggs, what should I do now!". Gaining the knowledge before breeding will benefit you, the new babies, and the parents. Are the Parents ready? Geckos generally do not breed during the cooler months of winter. Are you sure you have a pair? Are they healthy? Are they the right size? Is this the right season? Do you have the necessary equipment- incubator, scale, etc.? Are you prepared for the babies? Do you have the extra time and facility to check and care for the eggs and to house up to 20 babies  [ ... ]

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Crested Geckos - Care Sheet
Crested Geckos - Care Sheet

So, you've purchased or been given your first crested gecko. Well, there are a few things you need to know to get started. In the pages that follow, I hope to provide the basic information you need to maintain a healthy pet crested gecko. Additional, more in-depth information can be found later in this chapter.   If You Have Not Made The Purchase Yet....
Crested geckos have a few requirements you should know about before purchasing them as a pet.
Your new pet will require a tight fitting top to their enclosure. They will crawl on the glass and they will jump. While they are one of the easiest handled reptiles, the time should be limited to a few minutes per day and should exclude small children. They do also require misting each day. While including a dish of water is a good idea, these geckos lap water from leaves in nature. When you are ready to purchase your first crested gecko, look for healthy animal. A perky disposition (not constantly sleeping) is something you should loo [ ... ]

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