Crested Gecko Decorations

Since crested geckos are a tropical species, their terrariums are a lot of fun to design! However, as you select and arrange decorations for your gecko, keep in mind these 3 basic requirements for crested gecko terrarium decorations:

  1. Hiding places
  2. Jumping/climbing potential
  3. Water accumulation

    FlotsamandThenSome Geckopod - crested gecko decoration

    Etsy shop FlotsamAndThenSome makes Geckopods, an adorable addition to any crestie terrarium!

The best decorations perform 2 or more of these functions. Here are some ideas:

  • branches
  • vines (learn how to make your own with this great tutorial)
  • live plants (ex: ficus benjamina, dracaena, pothos)
  • artificial plants/flowers
  • cork bark/tubes
  • birdhouse hide boxes
  • PVC pipes
  • bamboo, free from paint or dyes
  • moss
  • food dish platform

Terrarium decorations are more than just another means to waste your money and/or make your gecko’s space look prettier. While they can serve an aesthetic function, they also enhance a reptile’s quality of life by mimicking their natural environment and providing mental stimulation. The best zoos do this all the time — it’s called environmental enrichment. A common misconception is that reptiles are stupid creatures that don’t need “toys” or decorations beyond their keeper’s fancy, so modern reptile husbandry experts are working to disprove this. Read more in this article: Environmental Enrichment For Reptiles ; What? Why? and How…?

Don’t be afraid to get creative! If you’re looking for ideas, there’s plenty of inspiration to be found on ReptiFiles’ Terrarium Goals board on Pinterest.

Just remember: everything in the terrarium will eventually need to be cleaned! 😉

Crested gecko decorations

Crested geckos will use the foliage in their enclosures as makeshift hides, often picking one or two favorite spots.

 

 

 

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