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…
First 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.
Healthy 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.
The one necessity your gecko will need while out of their enclosure is water. Keep a few small dishes filled with clean water in areas close to the enclosure to keep the gecko hydrated.
If you have cats, dogs, and/or small children, please keep these in check until you find your pet. They will have a level of curiosity when the gecko is found and in a confrontation between pets/small children and your crested gecko, the gecko will lose.
Last Summer, I received one piece of advice to use one of those sticky square mouse traps. Not only is this difficult to use but I feel it is extremely unsafe and very stressful for your animal.
Finding Your Gecko
The one method you can use to quickly find your gecko. If your room is free of outside lighting, turn the lights off, leave the room, then come back in about 20-30 minutes. The crested gecko will often be found near the original enclosure if within the first day or so, or will be found around the highest spots in the room- on top of the curtains, a book on the book shelf, or even on the TV.
Back You Go
Once you find your gecko and have placed it back in its home, leave it alone for a few days. The gecko will be a bit disorientated and will need some re-adjustment time. Make sure your gecko is eating again on a schedule before handling.
So, if you find yourself with an escaped crested gecko roaming around your home, don’t panic and try the methods described above to find your pet.