The gargoyle gecko is a species of gecko of the Diplodactylidae family. It is endemic to southern regions of New Caledonia, it was not until 1994 that it was rediscovered with the crested gecko as they were considered extinct.
The gargoyle gecko’s Latin species name, auriculatus, refer s to the superficial appearance of ears on the lizard’s head. These are actually projections that develop on the parietal bone of the skull, and the gecko’s common name, also referring to these unique projections, is more self explanatory.
As evidenced by the gargoyle geckos underdeveloped toe pads, it is a semi-arboreal species at best, that tends to favor
thick, low scrub and vegetation—terrain that presumably keeps it concealed from any birds circling above, as well as off the
ground, away from terrestrial predators.
8-10” (20-25.4 cm) from snout to tail, and weigh around 45-65g, depending on gender and genetics.
Are native to southern New Caledonia, an island chain east of Australia.
can live up to about 20 years in captivity
Gargoyle geckos are mellow, very handleable pets with easy care requirements, which makes them excellent beginner-level
Gargoyle geckos are among the most handleable of all reptiles. They are typically quite docile and are not prone to biting as long as they are handled properly. When picking up a gargoyle gecko you want to scoop rather than grab.
A single Gargoyle Gecko adult can be housed in a 10 gallon tank, but a pair will require at least a 20 gallon tank (18x18x24 glass
Gargoyle Geckos are arboreal and will appreciate some height in their environment. As avid climbers, they will make use of branches, tall or hanging plants, o r standing virgin cork bark. As substrate, Coco Fiber can be used solely or mixed
with peat moss.
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