Crested geckos are nocturnal and crepuscular creatures, meaning they are most active during twilight periods, such as dawn and dusk.
They typically sleep during the day, usually for about 12 hours, and wake up a few hours after dusk to feed and explore their terrarium.
So it’s important to provide them with a dark environment for at least 12 hours at night and a light environment for 12 hours during the day to mimic their natural sleeping patterns.
How to Tell If a Crested Gecko Is Sleeping
Crested geckos don’t have eyelids like humans do.
Instead, they have a see-through covering over their eyes that shields them from dust and keeps them from drying out.
This covering also helps them sleep by letting them close their eyes partially or fully to block out light. When a crested gecko is asleep, you might see its eyes completely closed or slightly open without moving or blinking.
There might also be some eye movement under the covering, suggesting the gecko is dreaming.
However, there is also another way!
This is by checking its body position and color.
When they’re asleep, crested geckos typically curl their tail and tuck their head under their body or between their legs. They might flatten against the surface they’re resting on or hang upside down from a branch or leaf.
As they sleep, their color often gets darker, helping them blend in with their surroundings and stay hidden from predators.
Q: How many hours of sleep do crested geckos need per day?
Crested geckos typically require around 12-14 hours of sleep per day.
It’s important to maintain a consistent day-night cycle to ensure their well-being and to mimic the conditions of their native habitat.
Q: What are signs that my crested gecko is not getting enough sleep?
Signs of inadequate sleep in crested geckos include lethargy, reduced activity during their active hours, and changes in appetite.
Q: Can I use a heat lamp at night for my crested gecko without disturbing its sleep?
Use a low-wattage UVB bulb if additional heat is needed at night.
This allows for maintaining a proper temperature without disturbing the natural darkness that crested geckos prefer during their sleep.
I’m a mom of two adorable babies and a huge fan of Crested geckos. I first fell in love with these charming reptiles when I was a teenager. Now, I have nearly five geckos, and they are my daily companions. I talk to them and take care of them as best as I can. This blog is my way of helping those who have these cute little creatures but aren’t sure how to take care of them.