There are different types of crested gecko plants that one can use for the gecko pet’s enclosure; you could choose real or fake plants. Using fake plants is a very straight forward approach and does not require a tedious learning process.
Precautions that one has to take in acquiring fake crested gecko plants will be to ensure that the leaves are big enough for the gecko to hang and hide beneath, and to be sure not to get plants with sharp or rough edges, or with dangerous electrical wires hanging out of it. The earlier mentioned cautions are necessary so that the reptiles will not be injured with the plants in its enclosure.
However, acquiring real/live crested gecko plants for your enclosure is not that straight forward. Is a particular live plant really safe for your gecko? One cannot just respond “Yes” or “No” to this question – this does not require a straight forward answer or a simple direct approach like it is with the fake plants. Selecting appropriate live plants for your reptile, needs a little research to discover types of plants that are conducive for your crested gecko – The kind that would not cause health hazards.
Not to worry, this article will properly educate you on how to easily spot crested gecko plants that are well suited to your crested geckos. Here, are two simple things you must take note of: the first is to find out if the soil that came with the plant is toxic, and then you can go ahead to investigate the toxicity of the plant as well.
Take Note of Toxic Soil
Care should be taken to properly check the content of the soil that comes with live crested gecko plants you’ve purchased. This point is first addressed, because it is the most overlooked; since most gecko keepers focus all attention on only the safety of the plant alone. It should be observed that most botanical gardens that grow these plants use fertilizers, and this toxic content could still be in the soil, when you introduce it to your gecko enclosure causing serious damage to your reptile. So, care should be taken to remove any accompanying soil from the plant before implanting it in your pet’s enclosure – this guarantees the immediate safety of your reptile.
List of Safe Crested Gecko Plants
Having eliminated the hazards of the soil accompanying crested gecko plants, let us now enumerate live plants that are conducive and safe for your crested gecko. Below is a list of most of them:
- Acalphya – Copperleaves – These plants grows with broad leaves and are non-toxic, making them appropriate crested gecko plants for your pet. They provide an excellent hang-out and hide-out for the crested gecko and are perfectly safe for the reptiles. It can grow high up to three meters providing a comfortable habitat for your crested gecko.
- Adiantum (Maidenhair ferns) – these glowing evergreen live crested gecko plants are excellent with geckos and are also non-toxic and safe for your reptiles as well. It grows high as well, and will also provide a good habitat for your pet.
- Aechmea fasciata – these plants possess broad leaves that extends to about 20 inches long. With leaves as broad as these, they provide comfortable relaxing spots for geckos among other crested gecko plants. They are broadly used because of its safety and non-toxicity to geckos.
- Billbergia Nutans (Queens Tears) – these are hanging live crested gecko plants that are very suitable for gecko enclosures. The plant is a very strong one that can withstand several conditions. This is also a safe and non-toxic plant for crested geckos.
- Cryptanthus zonatus – these are moderately large crested gecko plants that needs a lot of water and moisture. It will do well with crested geckos as it is also needs high humidity.
- Guzmania Lingulata – guzmania lingulata crested gecko plants are ideal for geckos, they do not require much watering. The moisture contained in the plant must completely drain out, before the next watering.
- Tradescantia (wandering Jew/ spiderwart) – tradescantia crested gecko plants are also good for crested geckos. The plant is not in any way harmful to geckos, but usually produces irritations on the human skin. It grows every day and will provide a relaxing spot for reptile pets like geckos.
- Ceropegia woodii (Rosary Vine) – ceropegia woodii crested gecko plants is also like the guzmania lingulata because the water in it must dry out first before it is watered again. This is also a suitable and non-toxic plant for geckos.
The crested gecko plants listed above are just a few out of many live plants suitable for crested geckos. As a general rule all bromeliads are safe and non-toxic for gecko plants, some vine and ivys are also suitable with a good number of other plants as well.
Finally, whenever you want to purchase live crested gecko plants, enquire from the store how compatible the plant will be to your pet before planting in your gecko enclosure.