Crested geckos are fascinating creatures that are popular among reptile enthusiasts. They are known for their unique appearance, docile nature, and ease of care. One of the questions that often arises when it comes to crested geckos is whether there are any differences between males and females. In this article, we will explore the differences between male and female crested geckos.
The most obvious difference between male and female crested geckos is their size. Males tend to be larger than females, with a length of up to 10 inches, while females usually measure around 8 inches. Males also have a broader and more triangular head, while females have a smaller and more rounded head.
Another physical difference is the presence of hemipenal bulges in males. These are two bumps located at the base of the tail that indicate the presence of male reproductive organs. Females, on the other hand, lack these bulges and have a smoother tail.
Male and female crested geckos also differ in their behavior. Males tend to be more territorial and may become aggressive towards other males. They also tend to be more vocal, with a tendency to make calls to attract mates.
Female crested geckos are generally more docile and less territorial. They are also less likely to vocalize, although they may make soft hissing sounds when threatened or stressed.
Males and females also differ in their reproductive capabilities. Male crested geckos reach sexual maturity at around 8-10 months, while females reach maturity at around 12-18 months. Males can mate with multiple females, while females usually only mate with one male.
Another interesting fact is that female crested geckos are capable of laying eggs without mating. This is known as parthenogenesis, and it occurs when the female’s eggs are stimulated to develop without the need for fertilization by a male.
When it comes to caring for male and female crested geckos, there are some differences to keep in mind. Males may require slightly more food due to their larger size, and they also need a bit more space to accommodate their territorial nature.
Female crested geckos may require additional care during the breeding season if you plan to breed them. They may need a separate enclosure to lay their eggs and extra calcium to support egg development.
Male and female crested geckos have some physical, behavioral, reproductive, and care differences that are worth noting. While these differences may not be significant enough to affect their overall care, it’s always good to be aware of them when it comes to choosing and caring for your crested gecko.