Writting a Crestie Shopping List
Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:05 PM
And as I've spoken about it to my roommate/sister and our mom, neither has said no...
YAY! I'm so excited! I want a Crestie and as long as I can get the setup and everything ready I'm pretty sure I can get one! I've been talking to Dimi (and blaming him for this) and I've read Laura Lee's Website, Gecko's in Tails, care sheet but what I could really use is more advise and a shopping list, with prices would be great!
Btw, I don't think I want to mess with live plants right now... Maybe in the future but not now.
So what do I need/need to know about Cresties?
Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:46 PM
Do you know where you want to get your crestie from yet? That will cause the cost to vary quite a bit.
Also, it depends on what age you are looking at. I recommend a subadult or adult for first time gecko keepers just because they aren't as finicky and delicate.
As for a shopping list, here's what mine was, which was for an adult...it's a bit different for youngin's:
Tank/cage: I purchased an acrylic and aluminum cage for $40 from Pangea Reptiles, but I don't see it on their website anymore :/ It measures about 18 gallons. You can also use a 20 gal turned on end so there's more height.
Depending on the age, you can also use a kritter keeper, 5 gal, 10 gal, or bins that are converted into cages
Fake vines, plants, a hideout, grapevine/mopani/cork to climb on
Bowl for water and food. Things like this are good: http://www.pangearep...ecko-ledge.html
Paper towels are good for substrate
A water bottle for misting
A digital thermometer/hydrometer
chlorohexidine is good for cleaning
A container like a deli cup to put the gecko when you clean
Food: Repashy Crested Gecko Diet, stored in the fridge. My one gecko takes FOREVER to go through a 5.3oz jar, so you don't need much
That's all I can think of right now. Other than that do you have any specific questions?
Here's my cage, it's since been filled with MORE fake plants, but my camera is broken so I can't take a pic...but it basically looks like a jungle in there
Edit: Just kidding, my phone did a pretty good job!
Can you find the Zima?
Edited by ~KK~, 03 April 2012 - 07:01 PM.
Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:55 PM
I'm looking to get a 20gL because that would fit on my side table which is like the only clear spot in my room now. But if I got a baby I have a 5.5g and 10g that are sitting in my room empty, so I could set that up for the youngin' and then work my way up.
My mom told me to ask on Freecycle for a 20gL so I did, but I'm also thinking that when Petco has it's $1 a gallon sale I could score a 20 then! I believe that sale is coming up soon...
I love your set up! And your little girl!
Did you get her tailless? And where did you get her, breeder, petstore, adoption?
Are they very noisy at night? Because like I said the tank would go between our beds (sister's and mine) on my side table. If it's no louder then my filter and sponge filter then I'm good!
Posted 03 April 2012 - 08:15 PM
They are not very loud at night, but they do jump around and sometimes can bump around in the cage. For example I heard Zima SMACK against the side of her cage the other night, haha!
Posted 03 April 2012 - 08:21 PM
Posted 03 April 2012 - 08:29 PM
That's so sad about the cat! I'm sure Zima's happy with you spoiling her.
Is there a brand of digital thermometer/hydrometer that I should look for? Or one I should avoid?
Posted 03 April 2012 - 08:39 PM
One thing to keep in mind is that they are nocturnal and sleep/hide during the day. When I want to handle Zima I keep the light off for about an hour and then go turn it on so I can get her because she's out and about
this is the one I use and it is fantastic. http://www.ebay.com/...c#ht_2190wt_907
Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:02 PM
My family (to my mom's dismay) does everything in the dark. I'm pretty sure this Gecko would be out and about and played with by everyone. lol She or He will be spoiled for sure.
This is an odd question, but what does healthy gecko poop look like? lol When looking for a healthy Gecko what do you look for? If I went to the Petco (possibly the Petsmart) what should I look for in the cage/tank?
Same questions for if I were to look for a local breeder.
Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:43 PM
Healthy gecko poop looks like a brown blob with a small amount of white (urates). A healthy gecko will look filled out, bright eyes, hydrated, and have will be eating well. It's best to get one from a breeder because then you're sure they've been eating CGD well and that they haven't been eating baby food. I wouldn't get one from Petco myself, but you want to make sure they're feeding CGD, and all of the above things. Look at pics of healthy geckos and you'll know what to look for.
Posted 03 April 2012 - 11:19 PM
Another question, do you have a vet that is knowledgable about herps? You do not want to take a sick herp to a dog/cat vet, you're likely to end up with a dead gecko. Also, do you have the resources to cover a $200+ vet bill? These are very important things to consider since they're vital to your gecko if an emergency arises. Often herps don't show signs of illness until really sick and then you've got no time to be scrambling to find a vet and money to pay for it.
I love my two babies, I got them almost two years ago and I love them to pieces. I need to post pics of how big they've gotten!
Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:34 AM
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