Cages for Giant Geckos to Crested Geckos
There are a number of cage options available online and at your local reptile specialty store. You can find terrariums made of glass, plastic or ABS, screen and even tub-style-racks for the professional breeder. Rhacodactylus geckos are arboreal so a vertical cage will be more beneficial than a horizontal one. A large enough enclosure to provide ample floor space to move around with a lot of hiding places and vertical climbing branches is recommended. When selecting a cage you will want to base your decision around your climate, heating and air conditioning during the seasons and personal schedule.
Both Zoo-Med and Exo-Terra offer front opening enclosures with removable screen tops and accessories. Both cages offer “ports” for electrical cords to travel through from outside to inside the cage. This makes hiding any monitoring systems or power cords for accessories such as waterfalls a snap. Ventilation is provided through a screen top that is removable and a ventilation bar on the front. Lighting fixtures and stands are offered for these cages and with the advent of LED lighting makes them efficient. Combination fixtures are becoming available for both light and heat with LED and T5 options.
Glass has the added benefit of holding moisture over screen cages. Glass cages will aide in keeping a proper humidity cycle. A humidity cycle is the increase and decrease over a days period allowing the cage to dry out for a duration during the day. A proper humidity cycle will help prevent bacterial infection. It should be noted that the cross ventilation design works well in a number of different climates, even in the south.
Screen much like glass is available in varying sizes to meet the requirements of the three stages of growth that reptiles go through. A screen enclosure is awesome for cleaning. You can move the screen cages to the outdoors and spray them down with a garden hose, dry and disinfect with F10 in a spray bottle, finally allowing it to dry and neutralize the disinfectant. For environments with high humidity during the summer such as Florida or Georgia these cages allow the most air flow of all the varying materials.
Partial screen cages are also available with either PVC or Acrylic being used for three sides of the cage. The contact surface of the walls act as a place for water to evaporate from and in turn raising humidity if necessary. It should be noted that an all screen cage will need a good amount of foliage along the walls and interior for the gecko to lap up water droplets. Dehydration is a concern with an all screen cage! Always include a water dish and mix Crested Gecko Diet by the directions.
The use of plastic to make cages has been even popular in recent years. The benefits are in favor of plastic; relatively cheap cost, lightweight, holds humidity, easily drilled for additional ventilation or power cord access and well… they look good! In a Mediterranean climate where the humidity never reaches above 60% slims the choices of caging and puts plastic cages on top. There are plenty of options for cage builders now, please view our Links page for references.
Breeding racks use tubs made by companies such as Sterilite or RubberMaid that would normally be marketed for sweater boxes or general storage. There is minimal ventilation provided through the rack allowing humidity to stay consistent for a greater period of time. This may be an issue if you are in a humid climate. Easy access to the tub is a great benefit and saves time from opening lids or sliding screen tops off terrariums. Cleaning is simple since they are lightweight and can hold water+disinfectant. There are innovative designs coming out each year and product and development meeting the demand for various species makes the breeding racks a top notch cage system for breeding geckos on a large scale.
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