High humidity levels help reptiles and amphibians in the shedding process and hydration, which is important even when they still small. And crested geckos are no exception.
Before crested geckos shedding, their skin becomes faded and even turn to pale. This is when you have to increase the humidity in the cage. And after shedding done, crested geckos used much energy and then they need time to take a rest. You should give them a humid hide place to take shelter.
Crested geckos shed their skin for about once a month or more, and this is the reason why you should maintain crested gecko humidity in enclosure always at high levels.
Optimal humidity for crested gecko
Crested geckos require high humidity levels. The ideal humidity for crested gecko is between 60-85%. They can also live in the environment with humidity about 50% as long as they provided enough water to drink and you will give them high humidity immediately after. Therefore, optimal humidity for crested geckos in the enclosure should always be about 50%.
Constant moisture can cause the risk of mold and mildew growth, so you are encouraged to make the humidity down to around 50% for a few hours per day before misting it again.
How to keep humidity in enclosure?
To achieve these humidity levels, you should use some moisturizing substrates such as soil mix and moss. Besides, using a humidifier or reptile fogger to maintain humidity levels. Misting is the best way to keep your crested gecko hydration.
Depend on the types your substrate you using, how well your tank holds humidity, the climate of your area, misting the plants, substrates and tank walls at least once a day, in the evening and once again in the morning if needed. One more way to improve humidity is placed a bowl of water under the lamp when the water is evaporated, the humidity levels will increase.
You also should measure and control the humidity levels in the tank by using a hygrometer, or using combines both hygrometer and thermometer in two sides of the tank.