Gargoyle Gecko Caresheet

 

Background Information
Gargoyle geckos are a small to medium sized gecko, growing up to length of 10 inches. Native to New Caledonia, this tree dwelling gecko has the stunning ability of changing colour to match its surroundings. Making it very adapt to living a camoflaged lifestyle. Along with their blending in ways, this species is only active at night and should it come across a predator and get caught they can drop their tails as a last resort. Unlike other geckos that live on island, this species can grow back their prehensile tails. They are good climbers specially adapted webbed feet with grooves called lammalaes help them climb and grip onto trees and foliage with the additional help of their claws on the ends of their toes. The name gargoyle comes from the bumps onto of their heads. A soft skinned species which also eats fruit and nectar using their long tongues to reach for rottening fruit that has fallen from the tree tops.

Level of Experience

Beginner

Habitat

Tropical Rainforest

Life Span

15 years on average

Active Time of Day

Nocturnal

Natural Prey

Insecets and fruit

Terrestrial / Semi Arboreal / Arboreal / Aquatic / Fossorial

Semi Arboreal

Reproduction

Mate: Spring
Lay: Summer

Clutch Size

2 eggs every 6 weeks for 8 months of the year

Breeding Weights / Length / Age

Males: 160g+ / 3ft / 2 years of age
Females: 35g+ / 3ft / 3 years of age

Brumation Time

N/A

Brumation Temperature

N/A

Incubation Time

45 - 65 days

Incubation Temperature

24 – 26 ’C

There are 2 types of morphologys you can find in the wild:
Reticulated (patterned) and Striped

Captive Requirements and Welfare
Gargoyle geckos are arguably the best handing gecko. Tolerate handling very well and although they can jump they don't spring themselves far. They need a tall vivarium covered in trees and plants to suit there camoflaging arboreal nature. They need to be sprayed 1-2 times daily to keep a high humidity of around 80% and to allow this species to drink. This species is one of the best handlers in the gecko family and also provide the enjoyment of them jumping from hand to hand something different that terrestrial geckos cannot provide. An equivalent commercial diet called Repashy Diet has be designed to give all the nutrients gargoyles need from a fruit diet. This comes as a powder which you mix with water into a ketchup consistency paste.

Vivarium size

20x20x30cm for hatchling
1.5ft x 1.5ft x 2ft for adult

Daytime Temperature (cool – warm)

21 – 26 ‘C

Nightime Temperature

16 – 22 ‘C

Heating / Lighting Equipment (on timer)

Spot bulb during day, Room temperature at night

Lighting = Arcadia Arc Pod or 6% UVB flourscent tubes

Substrate

Most Natural: Repti Bark + Eco Earth
Alternatives: Not Advised

Hides

Hides aren't required as long as their is plenty of foliage and trees to climb

Decor

Branches and fake plants are vital to make gargoyle geckos feel secure, give them their natural climbing enviroment and allow them to drink.

Water

Water bowls aren't needed due to this species drink from the leaves off trees, therefore it is important to keep spraying this species.

Food (Feeding)

Crickets or hoppers are best as cresties like to ambush prey. Fruit wise can either give RD or chop small pieces of banana, peach or apricot or mango.

Cleaning

Spot pick every other day, full clean monthly