A crested gecko has 177 teeth that are arranged in two rows on both the upper and lower jaw.
These teeth are very small and not very sharp, so they are hard to see and do not hurt much when they bite.
However, if they bite hard enough, they can draw blood.
In this guide, I will walk you through what you need to do if your little guy bit you and whether you should worry about it.
Let’s move on…
So how to treat a crested gecko bite?
If your crested gecko bites you, don’t panic!
It’s not a big deal, and it will get better quickly. But you still want to do a few things to take care of the bite and make sure it doesn’t get infected.
First, clean the bite with soap and water to get rid of any dirt or germs.
This will remove any dirt and bacteria from the wound and reduce the risk of infection.
1) Put something cold on the bite
This will make the swelling and pain go down.
You can use an ice pack, a frozen towel, or a bag of frozen peas. Wrap it in a cloth and put it on the bite for 10 to 15 minutes.
Do this a few times a day until the swelling and pain are gone.
2) Use an antiseptic
If the skin is broken, put on some antiseptic and cover it with a bandage.
This will prevent the wound from getting infected and help it to heal faster. You can use any over-the-counter antiseptic solution, such as hydrogen peroxide, iodine, or alcohol.
Apply a thin layer of the solution to the wound and let it dry.
Then, cover the wound with a sterile bandage and change it daily or whenever it gets wet or dirty.
3) Keep an eye on the bite
Monitor the bite area for any signs of infection like redness, pus, warmth, or fever.
If you see any of these, go to a doctor as soon as you can. You might need medicine like antibiotics to get rid of the infection.
Sometimes, crested gecko bites can cause allergies or tetanus, but that’s rare.
If you have trouble breathing, your face or throat swells up, or your muscles spasm, get emergency help right away.
How to prevent him from biting me again?
Here’s the key rule!
Don’t grab your crested gecko suddenly or tightly, and avoid reaching for it from above. Because quick movements can scare it and trigger a defensive response.
Also, approach slowly and let the gecko come to you.
Use both hands to support its body and tail, without squeezing or pinching. And must stay away from sensitive areas like the head, eyes, or mouth to prevent triggering a bite.
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.