Crested Geckos are listed as a vulnerable species, thought to be extinct until 1994 when a new population of them was found living in New Caledonia. Export of these animals isn’t allowed anymore, but there are now large breeding operations in the United States and Europe, meaning Crested Geckos are becoming less rare and more sought after in the pet trade.
Crested Geckos are highly prized for their laid-back personalities and comfort being handled by people, not to mention the wide range of color morphs that show up in the species. We’ve compiled this diet and growth information to help you know what to expect when you decide to bring a Crested Gecko into your home.
Facts About Crested Geckos
Crested Gecko Size and Growth Chart
|Age||Weight||Body Length with Tail|
|Hatchling||1.5 – 2 grams||2.5 – 3 inches|
|Baby (2 months)||3 grams||3 – 4 inches|
|Juvenile (3 months)||4 grams||3 – 5 inches|
|Juvenile (4 months)||5 grams||4 – 6 inches|
|Juvenile (5 months)||7 grams||4 – 6 inches|
|Juvenile (6 months)||9 grams||5 – 7 inches|
|Juvenile (9 months)||16 – 35 grams||6 – 9 inches|
|Juvenile transitioning to adult (12 months)||35 – 50 grams||9 – 16 inches|
|Adult (18-24+ months)||35 – 55+ grams||9 – 16+ inches|
When Do Crested Geckos Reach Their Full Size?
It takes between 12-24 months to become a fully grown crested gecko, although sometimes this can take up to 3 years. Crested Geckos are considered to be sexually mature adults at 35 grams, which usually happens around 12-18 months.
Diet, temperature, and humidity all have a direct impact on how quickly your Crested Gecko takes to reach its full size. They are all unique individuals, though, meaning they will develop at different rates and reach different full adult size.
Ideal Diet for Optimal Growth
What Other Factors Affect Crested Gecko Growth?
Why Is My Crested Gecko Not Growing?
When considering getting a Crested Gecko, it’s important to ask yourself if you have the space for it and an appropriately sized enclosure. Remember that Crested Geckos can live 10-20 years in captivity, so they are a long-term space and time commitment.
Crested Geckos make great pets, but it’s necessary to become fully educated on their care before you bring the new family member home! Tracking and plotting their growth every 2-4 weeks will help you keep a close eye on whether or not your gecko is developing into a healthy adult.
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