Why did my crested gecko turn white?

Answered by Robert Flynn

Crested geckos can turn white for a variety of reasons, but one common reason is that they are preparing to shed their old skin. Shedding is a natural process for reptiles, including crested geckos, where they shed their old skin and replace it with new skin.

A few days before the shedding process begins, you may notice that your crested gecko starts to turn grey or even pale in color. This is completely normal and is a sign that your gecko is getting ready to shed. The grey or pale color is due to the old skin starting to separate from the new skin underneath. It’s like a “pre-shedding” phase.

During this time, you may also notice that your gecko becomes more inactive and less active than usual. This is because shedding can be a tiring process for them, and they may prefer to rest and conserve energy during this time.

It’s important to note that while a grey or pale color is normal during shedding, if your crested gecko remains white for an extended period of time or shows other signs of illness or distress, it’s always a good idea to consult with a veterinarian who specializes in reptiles. They can help determine if there are any underlying health issues causing the change in color.

In addition to shedding, there can be other reasons why your crested gecko may turn white. Sometimes, stress or environmental factors can cause them to change color temporarily. For example, if they are feeling threatened or scared, they may lighten their color as a form of camouflage. This is known as “blanching” and is a defense mechanism to blend in with their surroundings.

Another possible reason for a white color change in crested geckos is a condition called “leucism.” Leucism is a genetic mutation that affects the pigmentation of an animal, resulting in a partial or complete loss of color. This can cause the gecko to appear white or pale in color, even when they are not shedding. Leucism is relatively rare but can occur in crested geckos as well as other reptiles.

A crested gecko may turn white for several reasons, but one common reason is that they are preparing to shed their old skin. This is a natural process, and the grey or pale color is a normal part of the shedding process. However, if you have any concerns about your gecko’s health or if they remain white for an extended period of time, it’s always best to consult with a reptile veterinarian for proper evaluation and advice.