NOTE-   Rhacodactylus species now comprise three genera- Rhacodactylus- 3 species remain, Correlophus- 2 species recognized, and Mniarogekko 2- species recognized.
Rhacodactylus- leachianus, trachycephalus, auriculatus
Correlophus- ciliatus & sarasinorum
Mniarogekko- chahouas

 

GENUS QUICK REFERENCE
 
CARE REQ SIZE AVAIL IN HOBBY
Extremely Simple Medium Very Common
     
ARBOREAL/TERR DURNIAL/NOCTURNAL QUICKNESS
Arboreal Nocturnal Handlable
     
TEMPS HUMIDITY LOCATION
Low Required  Rhacodactylus

General information only

For specific care information, research each species individually

 


LEGEND
CARE REQUIREMENTS
EXTREMELY SIMPLE-  Easy to care for.  Almost bullet-proof.  Matching only a few basic requirements will ensure healthy and probably breeding animals.  Leopard gecko, crested gecko, picta
  SIMPLE- 
While easy to care for and breed, these gecko still have a few requirements that need to be met to maintain healthy animals or to breed. Coleonyx (banded), gargoyle, African Fat Tails
  NORMAL CARE- 
Some special care is needed to maintain healthy geckos, or to breed these species.  Pachydacylus, Hemidactylus, Chondrodactylus, Phelsuma, Goniurosaurus
  DIFFICULT- 
Very specialized care required.  May require very small prey items, special temps/humidiy, or is very difficult to breed.
 to Gonatodes, Sphaerodactylus, Cyrtodactylus
  EXPERT ONLY- 
Extremely specialized care= Temps/Humidity/Feeding, or extremely difficult to breed.  A gecko that will only eat termites is a good example
Ptenapus
  
SIZE MICRO- 
Adult length- under 3 inches.  Sauradactylus, Sphaerodactylus, Gonatodes
  SMALL- 
Adult length- from 3 to 4 inches.  Stenodactylus, Strophurus, Diplodactylus
  MEDIUM- 
Adult length- from 4 to 7 inches.  Leopard gecko, crested gecko, Chondrodactylus
  LARGE- 
Adult length- from 7 to 10 inches.  Some Phelsuma, Some Uroplatus
  X-LARGE- 
Adult length- from over 10 inches.  Some Phelsuma, Some Uroplatus, Some Cyrtodactylus
  
 AVAILABLE IN THE HOBBY VERY COMMON- 
You can find these most pet stores, at most reptile shows, and every gecko sales site on the web.  Leopard gecko, crested gecko, picta
   MOSTLY AVAILABLE- 
Listed on the major sites (Kingsnake, FaunaClassified, Facebook) on a regular basis.  Lepidodactylus lugubris, Some Uroplatus
   SOMEWHAT AVAILABLE- 
Available.  Might be seasonal or you will need to find a specialized breeder.  But they are out there.  Gonatodes, Sphaerodactylus, Cyrtodactylus, nephrurus
   RARELY AVAILABLE- 
We see these geckos made available in the hobby every 2-3 years.  Get them if you want them when you can.  Sauradactylus
  ALMOST NOT IN HOBBY-
Put your name on a the waiting list of the very few breeders working with this one as it will be a few years.  Ptenapus
 
  
 ARBOREAL/TERRESTRIAL TERRESTRIAL-  
Rarely venturs too far off the ground.  Leopard gecko, African Fat Tail
 
   BOTH- 
As comfortable on the ground as they are ni shrubs/trees.  Paroedura stumpffi, smaller Uroplatus
   ARBOREAL- 
Will not find these on the ground.  Look in shrubs and trees.  Phelsuma, larger Uroplatus
  
 DURNIAL/NOCTURNAL DURNIAL-
Active durnig the day, sleep at night.  Phelsuma, Lygodactylus
 
   BOTH- 
Mostly nocturnal but sometimes just as active during the day.  Paroedura picta
   NOCTURNAL- 
Active at night, sleep during the day.  Stenodactylus
  
 QUICKNESS  EXTREMELY FAST- 
Require very special enclosures to ensure they do not excape when feeding/cleaning.  Extremely fast!  Phelsuma, Sphaerodactylus, Gonatodes
  FAST-
Fast, but if you keep an eye on them, you can work in their enclosure.  Hemidactylus, Chondrodactylus
 
   MANAGABLE- 
Easy to work with in their enclosure.  They will move but not too quickly.  Coleonyx, Diplodactylus
  CALM-
Slower and more docile.  Not to the point of being handled though.  Holodactylus africanus, Nephrurus, Oedura
 
   HANDLE-ABLE- 
Docile and handlable without a problem.  crested gecko, leopard gecko, AFT
  
 TEMPERATURES EXTREMELY COOL-
Cooler temps-  high 60s are best to mid 70s as a very occasional high temp.
 
   LOW- 
Moderately cooler temps-  Geckos enjob temps in the low 70s- mid 70s
   NORMAL- 
Ambient house temps are usually sufficient ( mid 70s-upper 70s)
   HIGH- 
Require temps in the low 80s with a hot spot in the low 90s
   EXTREME HEAT- 
Extreme heat requirements-  N. African geckos require temps in the mid 80s to 100 for a hot spot
  
 HUMIDITY EXTREME-
Extremely high humidity requirements.  If the gecko is allowed to dry out at all, it will parish.
 
   REQUIRED- 
High humidity requirements-  Enclosure must be misted at least once a day.  A area in the enclosure must be kept moist all the time.
  NORMAL-
Moderate humidity requirements.  If misted every day/every other day they will be fine.  Should maintain a substrate area with moisure for shedding purposes and to deposit their eggs.
 
   DRY- 
Mistings 2-3 times a week are sufficient.  May need a small area in their substrate to be moist for egg laying but not to maintain the health of the gecko.
  ARID-
Extreme Arid requirements.  Mist once a week.  
 
  
  

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