Crested Gecko

Crested Gecko at Wingham Wildlife Park

Crested Gecko Natural History

Size

These geckos reach a moderate length of 8 inches (20 cm)

Habitat and Distribution

The crested gecko lives in forests in the southern half of New Caledonia.

Age

This species can live for 15- 20 years.

Diet

In the wild their diet consists of fruit and insects.

Groups and Breeding

Males may court females with chirps and head bobbing. During the breeding season a female can lay clutches of two eggs once every 30-45 days. Hatchlings will emerge 70- 120 days after egg-laying depending on the temperature with warmer eggs hatching quicker than cooler eggs.

Threats

The IUCN lists this species as vulnerable as their numbers have declined due to habitat loss caused by logging, fires and clearance for agriculture.

Interesting facts

The crested gecko is also known as the New Caledonian eyelash gecko or simply the eyelash gecko due to having small hair-like projections above their eyes.

The Crested Gecko During Your Day Out in Kent

This gecko is on display in the reptile house. This area is home to a number of other reptiles, invertebrates and amphibians.