Can Crested Geckos Live Together

Can Crested Geckos Live Together

No, male crested geckos should not be housed together because they are territorial and aggressive to each other.

Housing two males crested geckos together often leads to fighting, which can result in stress, injury, or even death.

In a shared enclosure, competition for resources such as food, hiding spots, and basking areas can occur. This can lead to stress and health issues, especially if one gecko becomes dominant over the others.

But there is not hard rule, that stops you from keeping them together.

By following some simple rules and taking proper care, you can house 2 or more created geckos together.

A larger enclosure is necessary for housing multiple crested geckos. This ensures that each gecko has enough space to establish its own territory, reducing stress and competition. For two crested geckos, a minimum of a 29-gallon tank is recommended, but larger is always better.

Each gecko should have access to proper heat, UVB lighting, and humidity. Multiple hiding spots, climbing branches, and foliage are also important to provide a comfortable and stress-free environment.

Monitor each gecko’s food intake to ensure they are all eating well. Competition for food can be an issue in a communal setting. Regular health checks are important to identify any signs of stress or illness early on.

Refrain from housing hatchlings with mature geckos once they reach 6 months old since they can become defensive of food and space. Also keep under 12 month old geckos in pairs.

Can 2 Female Crested Geckos Live Together

Can 2 Female Crested Geckos Live Together
Female Crested Geckos Can Live Together

Females can be housed successfully in groups of 3-5 with adequate space (20 gallons per 2 geckos).

Ensure adequate spaces and resources like 2 food bowls, multiple hides, bamboo, foliage for natural barriers. Having multiple resources prevents competition.

Introduce geckos slowly by swapping enclosures first so they sense each other’s presence.

Ensure both are eating, have healthy body condition and exhibit normal behavior. Watch for tail waving, biting or possession of prime habitat space.

Can Male and Female Crested Geckos Live Together

Yes, you can put male and female crested geckos together. But don’t do this permanently due to the high likelihood of excessive breeding activity and stress on the female.

You should only consider this if you are prepared to deal with the responsibilities of breeding crested geckos, including egg-laying, incubation, and caring for the offspring.

Provide a spacious enough enclosure to establish distinct micro-habitats and territory between male and female gecko – minimum of 30 gallons per pair.

Be prepared to separate geckos immediately if there are signs the female is getting gravid too often, losing significant weight, excessively harassed by male or showing increased stress behaviors.

What size tank for 2 crested geckos?

For housing 2 crested geckos, the recommended minimum tank size is 29 gallons (24x18x24 inches). However, when keeping crested geckos communally, bigger is always better.

A better option would be a tank that is at least 36 inches tall and 18 inches deep and wide, which is roughly equivalent to a 40-gallon breeder tank or larger. This size allows for more vertical space, which is important for crested geckos as they like to climb and explore.

40 gallon breeder or larger is ideal for 2-3 adult crested geckos. Gives opportunity for adequate separation and enough areas for basking, feeding and hiding.

Crested geckos are arboreal, so the height of the tank is more important than the floor space. They require vertical space for climbing and jumping.

The tank should be equipped with multiple branches, vines, and hiding places to allow the geckos to climb and to establish their own territories. This helps in reducing competition and stress.

What animals can live with crested geckos?

Not many animal species should be housed with crested geckos due to their unique care needs and the risks associated with mixing different exotics.

Housing other exotics with crested geckos usually risks exposing them to incompatible temperature and climate needs, toxins or disease, or aggression and territorial behaviors.

Housing crested geckos with other species, even those with similar habitat requirements, can be problematic. Different species often have subtly different environmental needs and may have incompatible diets or behaviors. There’s also a risk of disease transmission between species.

About Hailey Pruett

Hailey “Lex” Pruett is a nonbinary writer at YIHY primarily covering reptiles and amphibians. They have over five years of professional content writing experience. Additionally, they grew up on a hobby farm and have volunteered at animal shelters to gain further experience in animal care.

A longtime resident of Knoxville, Tennessee, Hailey has owned and cared extensively for a wide variety of animals in their lifetime, including cats, dogs, lizards, turtles, frogs and toads, fish, chickens, ducks, horses, llamas, rabbits, goats, and more!

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