The crested gecko makes an excellent classroom pet because it is one of the easiest reptiles to care for. The species is originally from New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean and is adapted to live in trees in rainforest areas.
As part of my animal-handling workshops I often take crested geckos into schools, and I find that adults and children just fall in love with these beautiful little lizards.
What kind of container do crested geckos need?
They are quite happy to live in a vivarium (glass container) at normal room temperature, so you won’t need to buy any special lights or heating. Look for an Exo Terra Vivarium of at least 30cm x 30cm x 45cm for one gecko.
What do crested geckos eat?
Unlike many lizards which need to eat live insects, crested geckos can live on powdered food mixed with water or pureed fruit baby food.
Where can I get one and how much will it cost?
Many pet shops now stock reptiles and vivariums so check online for a supplier in your area. Prices vary but on average the geckos cost around £45 each and the vivarium will be around £40.
Can the children handle crested geckos?
These reptiles are completely safe for children to handle, with no worries about getting bitten. However geckos are delicate so children should be supervised when handling them.
Crested geckos are nocturnal animals in the wild, but are not stressed by handling during the day. Children enjoy feeling their very soft skin and ‘sticky’ feet.
Crested gecko facts:
· They have fine hairs under the pads of their toes that bond with the surfaces they touch. This means they can climb smooth surfaces – even vertical glass!
· They don’t have eyelids so they lick their eyeballs to keep them clean.
· Their tails are camouflaged to deter predators by looking like bird poo, which always amuses children in my sessions!
· They can drop off their tails to distract a predator, but unlike some other reptiles they can’t grow it back.
· They live for up to 14 years and grow to around 15cm.
· They are solitary in the wild so it is fine to keep a single gecko.
Our children’s animal parties and school animal workshops are great ways for young children to meet these beautiful little creatures. So, if you are looking to give your children or pupils a fun and educational experience, make sure to get in touch with us by calling 07432 560371 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help.