How do I know if my gecko is sleeping?

Answered by Edward Huber

When it comes to determining whether your gecko is sleeping or not, there are a few key indicators to look out for. One of the most noticeable signs is the position of their crests. When a crested gecko is awake and alert, their crests will stand up straight and tall. However, when they are sleeping or in a relaxed state, their crests will lay down flat against their body.

Another clue to look for is the size of their pupils. When a crested gecko is awake, their pupils will be large and wide, allowing them to take in their surroundings. On the other hand, when they are asleep, their pupils will be tiny slits, almost like little pinpricks.

It’s important to note that crested geckos are nocturnal animals, meaning they are most active during the night. So, it’s common for them to be asleep during the day and active during the evening and early morning hours. However, they can also take short naps throughout the day, so don’t be alarmed if you catch your gecko snoozing during daylight hours.

Observing your gecko’s behavior can also give you clues about whether they are sleeping or awake. When they are awake, they may be moving around their enclosure, exploring their surroundings, or hunting for food. They may also exhibit other signs of activity, such as climbing on branches or walls.

On the other hand, when they are asleep, they are likely to be more still and relaxed. They may find a cozy hiding spot in their enclosure, such as a leafy plant or a hollow log, and curl up to rest. During sleep, their breathing may become slower and more regular, and they may appear less responsive to external stimuli.

It’s important to create a suitable environment for your gecko to sleep in. Providing a comfortable and secure hiding spot, such as a small cave or a designated sleeping area, can help them feel safe and secure during their rest periods. This can be especially important if you have a young or shy gecko who may be more prone to stress.

In addition to these visual cues, it’s also worth noting that crested geckos have a natural sleep-wake cycle. They are most active during the night, when they are more likely to hunt for food and engage in other behaviors. During the day, they may take shorter naps or rest periods, but they will still need a dark and quiet environment to facilitate proper sleep.

By observing the position of your gecko’s crests, the size of their pupils, and their overall behavior, you can get a good sense of whether they are sleeping or awake. Remember to provide a suitable sleeping environment and respect their natural sleep-wake cycle to ensure their well-being and happiness.