March 13, 2007
Crested Geckos (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) are a nocturnal, arboreal species native to the islands of New Caledonia which are north of Australia and in between New Guinea and New Zealand. They can be found on the ground or in vegetation, but usually no higher than 12 feet. Originally thought to be extinct, they were rediscovered in 1994 in surprising large numbers. Crested geckos reach a length of 10 inches and females may be larger than males. The name Crested Gecko refers to the long row of superciliary scales that start above the eye and run down the side. They have a prehensile tail, which when lost, does not regenerate like that of many other gecko species. Crested geckos come in a wide assortment of colors ranging from tan to burnt orange. They are relatively easy to maintain and breed. They feed on insects and fruit baby food mixtures. A fun and interesting gecko to work with.