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Reptiles

Crested gecko

Synonym(s): Correlophus cilliatus, New Caledonian crested gecko, Eyelash gecko

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, Kirsty Dewhurst

Introduction

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Scientific Classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia. 
  • Phylum: Chordata. 
  • Class: Reptilia. 
  • Order: Squamata. 
  • Family: Diplodactylidae. 
  • Genus: Correlophus
  • Species: ciliatus

Distribution and habitat

  • Native to New Caledonia, in the South Pacific. 
  • Usually found in (humid) rainforests, particularly in the canopy. Because of this, they have an array of hairs (setae) on their toes as an adaptation to assist climbing. 

Species status

  • Classed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red list due to a decrease in population.

Life span

  • 10-20 years. 

Diet

Breeding

  • Females lay around 2 eggs, in 4-week intervals, with an incubation period of 60-150 days. 
  • This cycle repeats for around 8-10 months Lizard reproduction

As pets

  • Popular as pets. 
  • Can tolerate handling, however they are nervous characters. Care must be take not to handle them by the tail as they can lose the tail and it will not grow back Autotomy.
  • Should be fed a calcium supplement with their usual food, to maintain a healthy diet Lizard nutrition. However, always follow the manufacturers guidelines when offering any type of supplement.

Biological Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Reptiles Magazine (2018) Crested Gecko Care Sheet. Website: www.reptilesmagazine.com. Last accessed 12th February 2018.
  • RSPCA (2015) Crested Gecko Care Sheet. Website: www.rspca.org.uk. Last accessed 15th June 2018.
  • Petopedia (2013) All about Crested Geckos. Website: petopedia.petscorner.co.uk. Last accessed 12th February 2018.
  • Whitaker A H & Sadlier R A (2011) Rhacodactylus ciliatus. In: The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Website: www.iucnredlist.org. Last accessed 17th June 2018.
  • Encyclopedia of Life. Rhacodactylus ciliatus Eyelash Gecko. Website: http://eol.org. Last accessed 15th June 2018.

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