Hello all. please help with morph i.d for new crestie

Hello everyone. First time on here. Picked this little guy up 2 weeks ago, could anybody help with naming what morph he is please? His name is spike and he was a xmas present for my 8 year old son who loves him but wants to know what morph he is. Thanks

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I will be of very little help but I know some people who can help
@ghoulishcresties @foxreptile
And there are many more

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Thank you for your help :blush:

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Welcome to the community.

It’s a little hard to tell, do you have any pics in natural day light? Ideally one from above and one from the side?

Would help if you can have spike fired up if possible

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Hello. I think where he is still getting used to his new home he hasn’t come out much in the day yet so daylight is still pretty hard atm. I have these 2 other pics… sorry they aren’t great, he just hides so much still.


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Spike is a phantom with Dal spots :grin:

How old is Spike? He may be a she :blush:

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Hi he/she is only 5 months, im lead to believe its too early to tell gender still is that right? So hes a phantom with dalmation spots yeah? Pretty cool :sunglasses:

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Well at that age all my males have had a bulge, so being so flat there I’m thinking you’ve got a female.
And not too old, I sex mine from 3/5g :grin:
I use a louper!
Phantoms are lush, I breed them myself! A fav of mine :heart_eyes:

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Wow nice to know. When i manage to handle spike next i’ll have a closer inspection. Its very skittish still, i know patience is key so we aren’t rushing it. Theres a hide at the back on the enclosure where she/he sleeps all day and if it runs off theres no chance of getting it back out.

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I have a couple of Cresties that do that, but once held they are fine (I handle them a lot).

I agree he looks like a phantom but I think his a dalmation not Dal Spot as I believe I counted approx 25 spots. You might be able to see better when you hold him.

At that age he could still be a he. Most breeders won’t sex young but I like to use a looper. Either way Spike is a cool name :sunglasses:

Crestie are nocturnal so he won’t be very active during the day but he may be active in the evening and mornings depending on light.

I hope you and your son enjoy your new lil friend :relaxed:

@slither_shack thanks for the tag :grin:

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Cresties aren’t nocturnal, but they’re crepuscular. Meaning out dusk and dawn.

Though I will say most of mine are out during the day.

With handling- persist or you’ll end up with a scatty Crestie. I have a male here who is still a pain and will bolt around the viv. The woman I got him from said always been like it as has his dad. Though I don’t think handled him much at all so he’s a pain when getting him out at first!

I handle mine all the time, so they’re all chilled out Cresties (even the hatchlings!) :grin:

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Yeah he is very active around dusk and dawn. Weve got up today and hes not sleeping in his usual spot hes under a leaf high up, so hopefully this is the start of him being a bit adventurous and less spooked… i get worried about forcing the handling because of the stories you read about tail loss. If he doesnt come to us when we put our hand under his chin is it ok to just scoop him up anyway and not give him the chance to run off?

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To be honest I doubt she’ll come to you…
I have a few that will happily jump out on me but that’s ones I’ve had from hatchlings and raised and handled daily.

Tail loss can happen for no reason, not just because you want to handle and go pick her up. You could wake up one morning and the tail may be missing. Unfortunately they just throw them randomly at times :woman_facepalming:t2:

I just go in and pick them up, or hand in front and poke the bum so she’ll jump onto you :grin:

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They are brilliant aren’t they.

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Yeah, Cresties are crazy. Unless they seem super stressed then I scoop them up no problem

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She did come once but last few attempts shes just been backing off. After reading your comments it certainly gives us more confidence to just go for it. Thanks for ur help😁

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Definitely agree with the hand down in front and the gentle butt poke to get them to hop up. Just be on guard. Sometimes they can jump off in random directions for no reason. Consistency and calm is key. Except for one of my little boys. I swear he always looks like such an angel and as soon as he hops out on my hand I imagine the opening bass line for Motörhead’s “ace of spades” starts playing in his head and those two brain cells start fighting for third place and he’s gotta get his zoomies out. lol. Parkour all over the place :joy: hes still great though.

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Believe it or not, but when it is feeding time one of my cresties wait for me on her log and when I hold my hand out, she crawls or jumps on! I only take her out when I feed her insects (2-3 times a week), but not with her fruit. She is really smart!

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Cresties are quite intelligent, when they want to be.

I’ve got a few Cresties that have feeding areas where they wait for their insects and one Crestie that always comes to say hello

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So we tried again tonight and she decided that she was going to dodge me any which way she could. Its funny looking back now but i chased her all round the viv for a good 10 minutes. She slipped through my fingers twice and tried everything she could to avoid being handled, until she eventually went to the place i cant reach.i n the end I gave up and threw a cricket in so she knows im only to trying to treat her and im no threat. We go again tomorrow :grimacing:

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