Facts about Crested gecko
Also known as eyelash gecko
Crested geckos are one of the largest gecko species. Although considered endangered in the wild, they are one of the most popular reptiles kept as pets. They are low maintenance and generally friendly and docile creatures. Their various pattern morphs make them so unique, it is said there are no two that look alike.
1It was discovered and described in 1866 by a French zoologist Alphone Guichenot.
Until 1994 the species was thought to be extinct, until rediscovered by Robert Seipp’s expedition.
2It is native to southern New Caledonia in the southwest Pacific Ocean.
3It is approximately 15-25 cm (6-10 in) long, including a 10-15 cm (4-6 in) long tail.
Crested gecko is one of the smallest of Correlophus lizards, but one of the largest gecko species.
4It is an omnivore, unlike most of gecko species.
It feeds on fruit, pollen, nectar and various insects.
5Due to the crest of skin over its eyes, crested gecko has been nicknamed “eyelash”.
6Unlike most lizards, crested geckos do not have eyelids.
They have to moisten their eyes by licking them. It is also a remedy for debris.
7Although in captivity crested geckos breed easily, little is known about their reproductive behavior in wilderness.
In captivity, female lays two eggs that hatch approximately 60 – 150 days after.
8It is second most popular choice for lizard lovers in the pet trade.
9Crested geckos do not have external ears.
They can hear, however, and are extremely sensitive to loud sounds.
10Although, like other lizards, crested geckos can swim, it is such a stressful activity they won’t swim until no other choice.