Crested geckos can be a good pet when you need a creature in your house but do not have much time to maintain it. They are easy to maintain and makes your lonely evenings happy. You can take them for a trip as they are pretty small and easy to be carried.
They express their feelings and attitudes in a different way. The owner should be aware of their habits and tendencies prior to adopting one crested gecko.
- 1 How can you make the crested gecko trust you?
- 2 How long does it take to tame the crested gecko?
- 3 What are the ways to make the crested gecko bond with you?
- 3.1 Patience is the key
- 3.2 Handle with care
- 3.3 Go easy in the handling process
- 3.4 Feeding by hand
- 3.5 Taking it on your arms
- 3.6 Can crested gecko act aggressively?
- 3.7 Can crested gecko bite?
- 3.8 How much handling is okay with crested gecko?
- 3.9 What are the risks the crested gecko face when you handle them?
How can you make the crested gecko trust you?
Keeping a crested gecko as a pet is fine, but it seems problematic for those owners who seek love and care from their pet.
Keeping pets always is an emotionally supporting bonding that should be reciprocated. So here we will be discussing a few ways by which you can make the pet gecko react and respond to your love and attention for it.
How long does it take to tame the crested gecko?
Crested geckos are pretty easy to tame. This reptile is non-aggressive and pretty docile in nature. You can make the job easy with some unique tips. It takes around 2 weeks for them to settle down in the new environment.
Do not try to bond with the crested gecko until it is 6 months of age. Before that age, they do not get matured and they do not seem to understand your intention of loving and caring for it.
What are the ways to make the crested gecko bond with you?
Patience is the key
You have to be very gentle from the beginning. Taking things slowly and easily is something you must maintain while trying to bond with the gecko. The gecko should feel settled in its own cage for the first few months while you should remain there for the longest part of the day.
Making it felt of your presence but not handing or bothering is another way of allowing the gecko to be on its own. You should keep the cage of the gecko in the living room where you spend most time of the day. This is a necessary part of bonding. If you keep the gecko in a separate room and do not bother to give it a visit then it will not be accustomed to your presence.
Handle with care
This is the second stage of bonding with the crested gecko. when you are sure that the gecko has become comfortable in your presence and you have spent enough time with it, but without contacting it, you can feel free to start interacting with it.
When you are holding or touching it within its enclosure for the first time, make sure this is done in a calm and quiet room. The hustle-bustle around can distract it and it may attack you for suddenly touching it. Also, make sure you or some other matured people handle it for the first time, and not some cranky kid gets to touch it. Even while opening the cage, there should not be much sound, as that will make the gecko stressed and aggressive.
Go easy in the handling process
You need to push your hand or maybe a finger for the first time, inside the cage. Check for the reaction of your crested gecko. You may see it coming towards your hand, which means it, is finding it interesting and may try to become friends with you. This is an indication that it is comfortable in your presence and will be climbing on your hand if you offer it.
If you see the gecko going backwards and not reaching for the finger you have inserted into its cage, then maybe it is not yet ready for the interaction session with you. You should not continue with this process and of course, do not repeat the process on the same day. Give it some more time. Maybe it will act friendly once you try the same gesture after a week.
Feeding by hand
This is almost always a super sure way to bond with any pet, be that a four-legged, a chirpy feathered one or a reptile-like crested gecko. You need to be gentle with them while offering the food. Also, you need to make it feel trusted when you enter your hand inside its cage and offer the food.
The food should also be something interesting. They may not be attracted to the food if it is one of the regular items that you offer in the dish.
You should choose a time when they are usually supposed to have their meal. If you try to bond with them after their meal, they may not feel attracted to the food, and the whole point will be lost.
Taking it on your arms
When you have surpassed all the above stages, you know for sure that the gecko trusts you and will be acting normally around you. You can take the gecko out of its enclosure and let it sit on your arms. This step is the last one as you need to be sure that the gecko will not run away suddenly when you are taking it out of the cage.
You may find the gecko going up towards your arm and coming down. Also, it may climb up to your shoulder or head. You need to be patient and unafraid the whole time. The behaviour of the gecko will be affected by your irritation or fear when it climbs on your body.
Can crested gecko act aggressively?
There are various patterns of behaviour found in every creature and not all can be categorized under typical gestures. Crested geckos are calm and quiet creatures, but some of them can behave exceptionally. There have been a few which, according to their users, behave in a high strung manner.
Can crested gecko bite?
There are some crested geckos that do not bond at all. This is a fact and it has been proven and accepted. Though these are the minority, still they exist. If you get one such gecko as your pet, you may get bitten once in a while, when you try to insert the hand in its enclosure. However, it is not much harmful as it is not much toxic in its saliva. Also, they do not have much force to tear the skin.
If you get bitten by the gecko, you should wash the sore area with warm water and antiseptic hand-wash. Later you can apply some medicated lotion to heal the area.
How much handling is okay with crested gecko?
When you are adopting some new pet like reptiles and that too, a crested gecko, you must remember that they are not fond of too much human touch. Quite unlike dogs or cats, they love to be kept alone.
You can touch them or handle them once a week when they need to be bathed. On other occasions, you can play with them only after you have bonded with them. If you handle them too often in the first month of their arrival at your house, you may get stressed and fall sick.
What are the risks the crested gecko face when you handle them?
There are chances of losing the tail. They often jump from your hand to another area and during that time, they may fall on the hard ground. This will result in dropping the tail. If you seem the gecko jumping from your shoulder or hand to another part, try to put your hand or any other object to the place where it is likely to fall. This way you will be saving it from losing its tail and becoming a “frog butt”.