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Posted by Dave A. on October 31, 2002 at 18:22:58:
In Reply to: Trying questions again posted by Tammy on October 31, 2002 at 17:43:33:
:Wondering if I broke a rule or something with my post I sent a few days ago, no one has replied...is there an FAQ I don't know about I should have read?
:I don't have any crested geckos but have an interest in getting one (yes, just one :) I have a couple of questions though that I have not seen answered in the reading I have done.
:1). They are said to be nocturnal...so how much stress does it cause to get them out to "play" in the daytime...I don't plan on being up at 2am to get the crestie out.
-----> Mine dont really care, they wont do much just sit there. At night they will run all over me and what not. I have heard that they can adjust their sleeping habits though. If possible you could also reverse their photoperiod. Leave a flourescent light on all night and keep them dark during the day. This would allow you to view them quite easily when you are awake.
:2). Do males or females make a better choice...or is there no difference?
-----> Doesnt really matter. Males will get a bit larger but that about it.
:3). How often is best to clean the enclosure. I have read they are messy and must be kept very clean which does not lead to having a very naturalist house for them. I don't want to have to tear apart the tank every week...is that really needed to keep a crestie happy and healthy (I have read that it is).
-----> I dont find them messy at all. They dont poop in one area like leos do but i dont think they are messy. I have mine set up in a naturalistic enclosure and i just spot clean and clean the glass with a vinegar water solution once a week. Other than that theres no cleaning involved.
:I so far only know about crested geckos from what I have read but have a few years experience raising and breeding multiple species of Poison Arrow Frogs and it seems the crestie prefers a similar (but less wet) habitat as the frogs.