Before You Breed Your Gecko....
Before beginning a discussion on breeding, I must ask the following question- Are you prepared to breed your gecko?
That seems fairly obvious otherwise you wouldn't have visited this page. However, there are several points I would like to bring up before going any further
Do you have the knowledge? Well, hopefully that is why you are here. I have heard so often, or read on the internet so many times, "I have eggs, what should I do now!". Gaining the knowledge before breeding will benefit you, the new babies, and the parents. Are the Parents ready? Geckos generally do not breed during the cooler months of winter. Are you sure you have a pair? Are they healthy? Are they the right size? Is this the right season? Do you have the necessary equipment- incubator, scale, etc.? Are you prepared for the babies? Do you have the extra time and facility to check and care for the eggs and to house up to 20 babies per female you breed? Do you have a home [ ... ]
Calcium deficiency (MBD) Normally this is a rare occurrence in Rhacodactylus ariculatus (gargoyle) geckos. The disease is typical of insufficient nutrients in the geckos diet, especially at a young age. Also known as MBD- muscular bone disease it is reversible to a point and best prevented than trying to treat the problem after noticing it. Geckos need a certain amount of calcium to develop and maintain bone mass. The effects of an insufficient amount of calcium is a gecko that looks weak, walks with shaking motions, and most notably a wavy tail. This can be achieved by: Dusting- adding calcium dust to the feeder insects Adding calcium in the gecko's moist food- friut or baby food Feeding CGD (Repashy Crested Gecko Diet) It is certainly much easier and less expensive feeding the CGD than trying to balance their requirements on our own. We strongly suggest to gargoyle gecko owners a Pro-Active approach to avoiding the problem by excluding baby food completely from their diet, [ ... ]Read More
Rhacodactylus auriculatus appear in several different color variations. Note that, just like crested geckos, the gargoyle geckos can change color dependent on mood, temperature, humidity, and time of day.
Below are a few of the variations- (photos coming soon)
So, you've purchased or been given your first gargoyle gecko. Well, there are a few things you need to know to get started. In the pages that follow, I hope to provide the basic information you need to maintain a healthy pet gargoyle gecko. Additional, more in-depth information can be found later in this chapter.
If You Have Not Made The Purchase Yet....
Gargoyle geckos have a few requirements you should know about before purchasing them as a pet.
Your new pet will require a tight fitting top to their enclosure. They will jump a surprising distance. While they are one of the most easily handled reptiles, the time should be limited to a few minutes per day and should exclude small children. They do also require misting each day. While including a dish of water is a good idea, these geckos lap water from leaves in nature. When you are ready to purchase your first gargoyle gecko, look for healthy animal. A perky disposition (not constantly sleeping) is something you should look [ ... ]
As I attend shows around the Midwest, I am lucky enough to see the animals that are being sold. We are very lucky in the hobby today. There are some beautiful lizards currently being made available. From intensely color bearded dragons to impressive leachies.
One lizard that is gaining a lot of attention of late is the gargoyle gecko..... Gargoyle geckos, Rhacodactylus auriculatus, belong to the gecko genus that includes cresteds and leachies among others. In the last couple years, they are gaining popularity by leaps and bounds. The reason for this is simple, they have many of the same desirable qualities of their cousin, the crested gecko. These include size, diet, and color.
Gargoyles can be a bit larger then crested geckos, just over 8 inches, yet are small enough to be able to be handled comfortably and be housed in smaller (10-20 gallon capacity) enclosures as adults. As most gecko keepers already know, crested geckos are omnivorous, with their diet in the wild including [ ... ]