Dense, tropical forests
The crested gecko has hair-like projections found above the eyes, resembling eyelashes. It has a wedge-shaped head and a crest that runs from each eye to the tail. Crested geckos do not have eyelids and so they use their long tongues to moisten their eyes and remove debris. The toes and the tip of the semi-prehensile tail are covered in small hairs called setae. Each seta is divided into hundreds of smaller (approximately 200 nanometres in diameter) hairs called spatulae. It is believed these structures help the gecko climb on most solid surfaces.
Crested Geckos are semi-arboreal, spending most of their time in small trees and low shrubs. They will however, seek out hiding places near the ground to sleep during the day. They spend their days sleeping in the leaves of the trees in which they live. At night however, crested geckos come to life and explore their surroundings by leaping from tree to tree, foraging for food and looking for mates.
These arboreal geckos are found in small numbers in New Caledonia and a few surrounding islands, but nowhere else on Earth. As recently as the early 1990s, these geckos were assumed extinct, however, in 1993 a population was discovered, and a small breeding group was brought back to the United States. These geckos proved so easy to keep and such prolific breeders, that today these geckos have become very popular as pets.
|Did YOU Know?|
|These geckos come in a variety of colors, including orange, purple, pink, brown and gray.|
|Length:||8 to 10 inches|
|Average Lifespan:||15-20 years|
|Wild Diet:||soft, ripe/overripe fruit items as well as insects|
|Where at the Zoo?||Small Animal Building|