Live reptiles available only in Petco stores. Selection varies by store. Check your local store for availability.
Gargoyle Geckos are members of the rhacodactylus genus of geckos that have more recently become available as pets in the last 15-20 years. Their ease of care, very unique look and velvety soft skin has made them a popular pet! They are related to the more common Crested Gecko. They are happily kept in a 20-gallon terrarium with plenty of plants and leaves to hide in. A pair can also be kept in the same size habitat, but male Gargoyle Geckos will fight so they should not be kept together. Temperatures can be maintained with an under tank heater and/or incandescent bulb. Mist their habitat daily to provide moisture for them to drink as well as to keep considerable humidity levels. A water bowl should also be provided in the habitat. Their diet is quite simple since the commercial powder diet was developed and is simply mixed with water. Occasional crickets and baby foods are also ok. If using baby food, recommend that it be mixed with the diet. Gargoyle Geckos are available in a variety of color morphs, which can be found in our Petco stores.
Tail Loss: This can occur for a number of reasons however, calcium deficiency is the most common. This can also occur due to stress, aggression or other type of injury. Gargoyle Geckos tend to nip at each other’s tails as they grow. This can also occur accidentally as a feeding response. Housing males together will also be a likely cause.
Available for sale in Petco stores.
Native To: New Caledonia
Adult Size: 8-10"
Care Level: Intermediate
Scientific Name: Rhacodactylus auriculatus
Most Active During: Nighttime (nocturnal)
Life Span: 5-10 years
Eats: T-Rex Crested Gecko Diet, crickets and baby food.
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