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The Crested Gecko is becoming one of the world's
most popular geckos to keep. They are naturally endemic
to New Caledonia, where they have divided into three
seperate populations. You will see many different colors
in a community of Crested Geckos. Gray and brown to
red and yellow are common. The different colors may
also cause varies markings from gecko to gecko.
The Crested Gecko is also known as the Eyelash Gecko
due to the hair-like spikes above their lidless eyes.
They have a crest running down both sides of their bodies
from their eyes down to their tails. Their legs and
toes are webbed and setae (small hairs) cover
their toes and the tip of their tails. The setae are
are actually hundreds of microscopic spatulae, which
help the Crested Gecko climb on smooth surfaces.
The Crested Gecko is arboreal and nocturnal
and stays true to their nature by living mostly in tree
tops and being active at night. During the day they
leave the trees or move closer to the ground to sleep.
They are omnivorous and eat a varied diet of insects,
fruit, and other small berries.
For information on keeping the Crested Gecko as a pet,
read our Crested
Gecko Care Sheet.
To see what a Crested Gecko looks like, take a look
at these Crested