New Caledonian Gargoyle Gecko
Rhacodactylus auriculatus
   
     
   
general
description The ground color and body pattern of this species is variable, but it is usually a pale to dark brown with a striped, marbled, or banded pattern. A red-striped phase is sometimes available and is considered to be quite desirable by gecko enthusiasts.
adult size 4" to 6 " (SVL)
life span 15 or more years
distribution Central and southern New Caledonia
housing
natural habitats Arboreal;
cage It should be high instead of wide. (e.g. Wooden Terrarium, Glass Terrarium)
branch As it is Arboreal, a lot of branches are needed to climb and stay on (e.g. Habba Tree , Sand-Blasted Grapevine)
substrate Soil, moss (e.g. Forest Bed , Forest Moss), barks (e.g. Repti Bark, Coconut Bark)
activity period Nighttime (nocturnal);
give heat and help monitoring by infrared lamps (e.g. Nightlight Red Bulb, Infrared Heat Lamp) where the light is invisible for it but humans
temperature 22 - 26 ¢XC -- day   (e.g. Daylight Blue Bulb, Basking Spot Lamp)
20 - 23 ¢XC -- night   (e.g. Nightlight Red Bulb, Infrared Heat Lamp, Ceramic Heat Emitter)
humidity 75 - 85 %
water dish a large water dish (e.g. Rock water dish) should be available to access all the time
hiding place Optional, a place for its privacy, security and sleep by day.

Possibllites include caves (e.g. Habbe Hut, Heat Cave), etc
diet
diet Omnivorous (both plant and meat-eating)
primary food (75%) mashed fruits, different flavors of canned baby foods (e.g. banana, pears, peaches, apricots, Hawaiian delight)
occasional food (25%) insects, worms, etc
how often to feed? 4 - 5 times a week for hatchlings to juveniles;
3 - 4 times a week for subadults to adults
notes Remove all the remaining insects because they (specially crickets) will be harassing it at night, resulting stress.

Food items should be no larger than 1/3 of the size of its head.
reproduction
reproduction Oviparous ; Breeding usually occurs from March to September. It produce two soft-shelled eggs every 4-6 weeks, will lay about 4-5 clutches in a season.
   
         
 
     

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