Crested Gecko vs Leopard Gecko

Difference in Appearance 

Crested gecko has a wedge-shaped head with huge eyes. They also have crests on each eye that runs along the entire length of the body to the tail: Small spikes also present on the body which are not so rough. They have beautiful eyelashes but no eyelids. 

Leopard Geckos have a darker color than other geckos and wild leopard geckos have even darker color than their captive relatives. Apart from their smaller head and lighter spots on their body, they also have clear eyelids. These eyelids make them distinguishable from other geckos as other geckos only have transparent membranes. A thick fatty tail is also a beautiful feature of this species. 

Besides their color and appearance, there are many other differences between crested geckos and leopard geckos. By reading these discussed differences you’ll be able to clearly differentiate between these two species. 

Size, Weight and Age difference 

Crested gecko and leopard gecko both are pretty small, however, there are some little differences between them. Adult Crested Geckos are 7 to 9 inches in length with an approximate weight of 55 to 65 grams. Length of an adult Leopard Gecko is almost the same as the crested gecko, however, weigh varies according to gender; males may reach up to 100 grams and females up to 65 grams. Thick heavy tail in Leopard gecko is also distinguishing feature. Hatchlings of both creatures has almost the same weight and size. Although, the lifespan of both geckos is about 10 to 15 years but leopard geckos sometimes only live a half-life due to complications in management. 

Diet differences 

Crested Gecko is an omnivore – it can eat a variety of feeds like fruits, the nectar of flowers and insects. Insects like roaches, worms, and crickets are best for eyelashes. We have Dubia Roaches and Superworms in our store that are not only delicious food for crested gecko but also a healthy choice for them. Crested gecko doesn’t eat vegetables and fruits are not recommended by professionals as they are not a complete diet for them. Insects are highly recommended in their feed like Dubia Roaches. 

Leopard gecko only eats insects. Although complete powdered diet is available in the market under different company labels but live insects are highly recommended for leopard geckos. Insects like cockroaches, worms, crickets, roaches are good for their health. We have Madagascar hissing cockroaches, Superworms, and Dubia Roaches to provide a balanced diet to your leopard gecko. 

Ambient Requirements 

Crested gecko requires room temperature (which is 25 °C normally) with a relative humidity of 65% - 85% for normal growth and daily activities. However, the optimal temperature for leopard gecko is a little bit more than normal room temperature which is about 30 °C with a humidity of 25 – 40%. Normally both species don’t require UVB bulbs but we can install low-intensity UVB bulbs for vitamin D3 production as they are in captivity and have no approach to sunlight. 

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