Crocodile Gecko Care


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Are you looking for an interesting, unique-looking, and easy-to-care gecko? Then you might want to have crocodile geckos! These animals are gentle creatures who are relatively easy to handle if properly socialized from an early age.

 

Crocodile geckos have a unique physical appearance that sets them apart from other lizards. They are relatively small compared to other reptiles and their physical features are interesting. Their skin is bumpy and scaly, resembling that of a crocodile or alligator.

How to Keep Them Healthy?

Handling crocodile geckos can be challenging at some point. Hence, it’s necessary to observe proper ways of caring and maintenance so that you can grow them with ease. You can do this by observing the following;

 

First, make sure that you establish a regular healthcare routine for your gecko which includes weekly dustings of calcium powder to their prey as well as monthly checks for parasites or mites. 

 

Second, try to minimize stress by handling them only when necessary. As we know, too much handling can cause stress which can lead to illness in reptiles. As such, handle them gently and put them back in their enclosure immediately. 

 

Third, make sure that their environment is kept clean by spot cleaning frequently. This is done in order to prevent disease or infections from developing due to poor sanitation or unclean conditions. 

 

How to Care Your Crocodile Gecko Care?

In caring for crocodile geckos, there are things that have to be considered  like their diet and supplementation, tank setup, health care routines, cleanliness of the environment and etc. All of this is necessary to keep them healthy and happy under your care.

 

Furthermore, there are additional tips on how to care for your crocodile geckos. 

Enclosure

The first step in keeping your crocodile gecko healthy is making sure that they have the proper enclosure. A 20-gallon tank with a secure lid is a good size for keeping one gecko. The enclosure should include plenty of hiding spots and branches so that they can climb and explore their environment.

 

Ensure that the substrate is appropriate for your gecko and efficiently retains moisture. Additionally, provide fresh water daily in a shallow dish that won’t tip over easily. 

Feeding

Crocodile geckos are insectivores and need a diet of crickets, mealworms, waxworms, silkworms, super worms, roaches, and other insects. As much as possible offer live prey to avoid malnutrition and encourage their hunting behavior. If you feed them with insects, make sure it’s gut loaded and dusted with calcium powder. 

 

The frequency of feeding depends on their appetite and condition. Usually,  baby geckos are fed more often than adults. The former should be fed every night. The latter, on the other hand, must be fed at least every other 3 days. It’s important not to overfeed since this can lead to obesity and other health problems. 

Temperature

One of the most important factor in keeping a crocodile gecko healthy is temperature. Accordingly, the ideal temperature range for this species is between  65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Day temperature, on the other hand, should be within 80 to 90 degrees.

 

This species can also be provided with an ambient temperature. This means that instead of having one hot spot in the enclosure, it should be heated evenly throughout. This can be done by placing under-tank heaters or heating pads instead of light bulbs or ceramic heat emitters. 

 

Cage Accessories

Cage accessories provide your crocodile gecko with places to hide and relax, as well as places for it to exercise. This can be in a form of  logs, rocks, caves, hammocks, and hides. Additionally, adding some plants can give your crocodile gecko even more opportunities to explore and play while also providing it with visual stimulation and more suitable condition.

 

Crocodile geckos love hiding places. Hides not only make your animals feel safe and secure in their environment, but they also provide some much-needed humidity to their enclosure. It also helps them rest peacefully thus increasing their immunity to fight diseases.

 

Crocodile geckos are excellent climbers, so it’s important to provide them with plenty of opportunities to climb around their enclosure. You can use driftwood branches, artificial vines, and other climbing structures as long as they are well-secured to avoid injuries. Make sure there are lots of different levels and heights so that the gecko can explore its environment fully without feeling confined in one area. 

Reproduction

 

Male and female crocodile geckos have different physical characteristics since they are sexually dimorphic animals. In this sense, males are generally larger than females, with wider heads and thicker tails. Males also have enlarged hemipenal bulges at the base of their tails, which females do not possess. 

 

A pair of healthy crocodile geckos should be selected and placed in an enclosure. To make sure they produce viable eggs, they should be fed nutritious food and placed in a suitable condition. Once paired, breeding may occur in the same manner  as it would in nature. 

 

After successful mating takes place, a female crocodile gecko will lay eggs  after 16 to 22 days. These eggs should be incubated at temperatures between 75–80° Fahrenheit for approximately three months. Thereafter, eggs begin to hatch. Once hatched, baby crocodile geckos will require special care and attention until they reach adulthood.

Handling

Generally, crocodile geckos shouldn’t be handled since they are easily stressed and get nervous or scared by sudden movements or loud noises. However, if you find it necessary to handle or bond with them, extra patience and caution must be observed. After some time and patience, you may even find that your pet becomes more comfortable around you! 

 

Once you have picked up your crocodile gecko, it’s important to keep handling sessions for not more than 15 minutes at a time. This will help ensure that your reptile does not become stressed or agitated during the session. Additionally, it’s important not to move around too quickly during these sessions so as not to scare them. Lastly, always make sure that you return them back to their enclosure before ending each session. This will help ensure they remain safe in their environment until the next time they are handled.  

Conclusion 

 

The crocodile gecko is a unique little reptile that has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its interesting appearance and easy-to-care nature. With their distinctive skin, bright colors, and interesting behavior, they make a great addition to your home.

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