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Crested Gecko

Reptilarium Animals
Crested Gecko
Conservation status (Vulnerable)
Crested Gecko
Crested Gecko status
The Crested gecko is a species of gecko native to southern New Caledonia. This species was thought extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994 during an expedition led by Robert Seipp. Crested geckos are among the largest gecko species. Among the most distinctive features of these geckos are the hair-like projections found above the eyes, which greatly resemble eyelashes. Crested geckos also have two rows of spines that run from the sides of their wedge-shaped head to the base of their tail. The toes and the tip of the semi-prehensile tail are covered in small hairs called setae. The toes have small claws which aid in climbing surfaces to which their toes cannot cling. Crested geckos have many naturally-occurring colour groups, including grey, brown, red, orange, and yellow of various shades. They have three colour morphs in the wild, which include pattern-less, white-fringed, and tiger. Crested geckos are popular in the pet trade.
Crested Gecko
Crested Gecko
Crested geckos are endemic to South Province, New Caledonia. There are three disjunct populations, one found on the Isle of Pines and surrounding islets, and there are two populations found on the main island of Grande Terre. One population is around the Blue River, which is a protected provincial park, and the other is further north, just south of Mount Dzumac. Crested geckos prefer to live in the canopy of the humid forests, coastal forests, and montane forests.
Crested geckos are solitary mostly arboreal species, preferring to inhabit the canopy of the New Caledonian rainforests, and because of this, they can jump considerably well. They are primarily nocturnal, and will generally spend the daylight hours sleeping in secure spots in high branches. Crested geckos communicate with the help of barks and squeaks which they use to call for a mate and when threatened. They also use visual displays; for example, when frightened, Crested geckos will rise up on their hind legs and open their mouths wide.

Crested geckos are omnivores (insectivores, frugivores). They feed on a variety of insects, fruit, and nectar.

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