The crested gecko, crested New Caledonia gecko, giant gecko or Guichenot gecko eyelashes, Correlophus ciliatus, is a species of gecko native to southern New Caledonia.
The crested gecko has projections similar to hairs that are above the eyes, resemble eyelashes. It has a wedge-shaped head and a crest that extends from each eye to the tail. Crested geckos have no eyelids and so they use their long tongues to moisten the eyes and eliminate waste. The toes and the tip of the semi-prehensile tail are covered with small hairs called mushrooms. Each mushroom is divided into hundreds of small (approximately 200 nanometers in diameter) hairs called spatulas. It is believed that these structures take advantage of van der Waals’ weak strength to help gecko rise on most solid surfaces. The fingers have small claws that help on the climbing surfaces that your fingers cannot hold on to. They have a semi-prehensile tail that are used to help with climbing. The tail can fall as a deterrent to predators. Unlike some other lizards, once they lose their tail it will not grow back; However, this is not as harmful to the gecko as it is in other species, such as the leopard gecko.
Its natural food is all kinds of invertebrates, crickets, grasshoppers. worms, etc.
If necessary, supplement with calcium, especially during the growing season and during the mating season, especially females, and a vitamin complex rich in vitamin D3 is also advisable.
Breeding: it is not difficult, sexual maturity is usually reached around the year maybe a little earlier., From February-March to September-October the females usually put in a batch of 6-8 a pair of eggs that bury, if we want to raise there will be to recover them and bury them halfway in wet spirulina in a proportion of 1/1 and the incubation will be carried out at 28 ° C with which we will obtain a proportion of males and females of 50% or so. The incubation lasts between 45-60 days and after a few hours of birth the pups already eat.
You have to watch the wet eggs so they do not become dehydrated and die.
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