Is it Normal For My Baby Crested Gecko to Become Paler Over Time?

Question: I got a baby crested gecko from a breeder 3 months ago. He was bright and colorful at that time. But for the last few weeks, I’ve noticed that he is getting paler gradually. Is it normal?-Jesica Melbon, Newyork

Yes, it is normal for baby crested geckos to become paler over time.

This is because they are shedding their skin, which is a natural process for reptiles.

Shortly before shedding, your gecko may turn a slightly paler color. This is nothing to worry about.

Here’s a bit more detail:

  1. Firing Down: Your baby crested gecko might be doing something called “firing down.” It’s a natural behavior where they lighten their color. They do this to blend in, take a break, or relax. It’s normal, and their color will become brighter again.
  2. Shedding: Another natural process is shedding. Crested geckos do this to get rid of old skin and grow new. This makes their color temporarily paler. Just ensure your gecko has enough humidity and hydration for proper shedding—no need to stress.
  3. Growing Up: As your baby crested gecko grows, its color might naturally change. Hatchlings and young geckos usually have vibrant colors, but as they hit around 1 year old, their colors get lighter and patterns become more defined.

However, if you notice changes in other elements of your crested gecko’s behavior, such as changes in appetite, lethargy, or other signs of illness, then it may be a sign of sickness.

In that case, it is best to consult a veterinarian who specializes in reptiles.

Hope that helps…

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