Crested geckos prefer to lick condensation |

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Reptiles should not be viewed as low maintenance, child friendly pets.

They require breed-specific breeding, proper handling, and many require a diet that involves feeding them live insects.

However, reptiles can be very rewarding and engaging if an owner is willing to invest time and energy in their care.

We are looking for a competent and experienced person to adopt three Crested Geckos that were brought to our Small Animal Unit last week.

We are not sure how old they are, but a new owner should be prepared for them to live 15 years or more.

Crested geckos were thought to be extinct for many years until they were rediscovered in 1994 in New Caledonia, a small island in eastern Australia.

Their Latin name is Correlophus ciliatus – Correlophus is the genus or type of gecko, and ciliatus translates to “having eyelashes” which refers to the hair-like projections found above the animal’s eyes.

They really are very gentle creatures to look at and by nature – they should be handled gently and they are sensitive to touch.

They can become easily stressed, resulting in tail loss.

This is because two of our three geckos do not have a tail and, unlike some species of gecko, they will not grow back.

They don’t seem to mind a lack of tail, but we are concerned that they have an underlying health issue.

This makes proper nutrition all the more essential.

Crested geckos are omnivorous and like to feed on fruits and insects (ideally live crickets) and they should be fed at night as they are nocturnal.

They should also be provided with a bowl of fresh water, but they prefer to lick condensation from their surroundings and their own bodies, which means that a daily spray or mist of water in the vivarium is essential.

A proper vivarium is as important as good nutrition and humidity, and should have a mesh top for ventilation and to be tall as crested geckos like to climb and jump.

Their wild cousins ​​are inhabitants of the rainforest, so captive animals need artificial or living branches, plants and foliage, and perches in their vivarium.

They also need to be able to hide, and coir rugs are a good choice for flooring as geckos can burrow under them.

The vivarium will also need special lighting, which should be turned on for 10-12 hours a day to promote healthy metabolism and bone growth; and if the ambient temperature of the room is cold, the geckos will need a heat lamp.

These little creatures learn to recognize their owners and can provide a lot of interactive fun, but if you prefer your pets to be cute AND cuddly, a cat or kitten may be a better choice.

We are well and truly in “kitten season” and our isolation and quarantine unit is full of young felines undergoing health checks.

Once they are fully vaccinated, they are transferred to our main cattery and placed for adoption.

Kittens are always in demand and if you wish to adopt one, or two, it is essential to complete a household search questionnaire, which you can find on the adoption pages of our website, in order to be able to join the list of kittens. waiting. Most kittens are too small to be spayed or neutered while they are with us and therefore they are greeted with a voucher which the new owner can then use to pay for the procedure to be done, once the kitten is large enough.

Whether it’s geckos or kittens, always do your research before committing to pet ownership and choose an animal that suits your lifestyle and family situation.

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