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About This Product

The gecko pictured is the EXACT animal for sale!

Defining Characteristics:

  • Nocturnal
  • Arboreal
  • Easy to care for
  • Easy to breed
  • Interesting colors and patterns

Name: Rhacodactylus auriculatus. Commonly known as the Gargoyle Gecko for the bumps on its head which gives it the appearance of having ears or horns.

Benefits from buying at Josh's Frogs:

  • Exclusively fed on high quality fruit mix - this means well-fed, healthy animals.
  • Gargoyle Geckos are 2 months or older and at least 5 grams in weight. They are very robust for their age.
  • Captive-bred from captive-bred parents, from genetically diverse and colorful bloodlines.
  • Bred by experienced herpetoculturists with a combined experience of over 10 years with the genus.
  • Live arrival and health guarantee unsurpassed in the reptile industry.

Recommended Terrarium Size & Setup: An 18x18x24 terrarium is suitable for 1 adult, but there's nothing wrong with providing extra space.

BioBedding TropicalABG mix, or coco cradle work well as a substrate, and can be topped with leaf litter. If using a bioactive substrate, isopods and springtails are perfect clean-up crews! Provide branches, standing cork, or tall or hanging plants to make your arboreal geckos feel at home.

Live plants make a beautiful natural addition to your gecko's tank, but you can also use artificial plants for decoration.

For lighting, we recommend a VivTech Jungle Cover SurSun LED UVA/UVB bulb in a Zoo Med Nano Dome Lamp fixture.

Temperature (°F): Keep gargoyle geckos at 74-78 degrees. They cannot tolerate temperatures at or above 85 degrees. Do not let your gargoyle geckos get excessively warm, as high temps can quickly be lethal. Use a digital thermometer to monitor temperature.

Humidity: Gargoyle geckos like it humid. Provide a water bowl and mist frequently enough to maintain humidity at about 60-70% (don't forget the dechlorinator!). Substrate can be allowed to just dry out between mistings, but it should not be bone dry or soaking wet. A digital hygrometer should be used to monitor humidity levels.

Size: Adult gargoyle geckos measure up to about 7-9 inches. At hatching, they measure approximately 1-2 inches. Juveniles sold by Josh's Frogs will measure approximately 4.5-5 inches.

Age: Gargoyle Geckos can live up to 15-20 years with proper care. All Gargoyle Geckos sold by Josh's Frogs will be 2+ months old at the time of sale.

Feeding: Gargoyle geckos are omnivores but can refuse live prey items in favor of solely fruit mix diet, on which they will thrive. Ours love Repashy Grubs 'N' FruitJosh's Frogs Acrylic Feeding Ledges are perfect for holding cups of your gecko's food (1 oz. or 2 oz.)

They may be offered cricketsdubia roacheswaxwormsblack soldier fly larvae, and butterworms. All feeder insects should be dusted with a vitamin/mineral supplement and fed in an escape-proof bowl.

Sexing: Sexing gargoyle geckos is a little more complicated than sexing crested geckos, as both males and females may have a bulge at the base of the tail. Sexing can be done more accurately by looking for femoral pores between the hind legs of males.

Juveniles sold by Josh's Frogs are not sexed.

Color/Pattern: Gargoyle geckos come in shades of gray, brown, white, yellow, orange, and red. They also display a variety of patterns, including stripes, bands, and mottling.

Social Behavior: Adult gargoyle geckos should be housed alone. As juveniles, they can be housed in groups, but this may result in the occasional gecko losing its tail (which will grow back over time).

Breeding: Breeding mature gargoyle geckos is easy. Breeding season runs from December to August. Females will lay 2 eggs every 30-45 days during this period. Males may be removed to give the females a break.

Natural Range: Gargoyle geckos are native to New Caledonia.

History in the Hobby: Ever since they’ve been established in captivity, gargoyle geckos have thrived and became very popular. These hardy geckos are widely available through captive breeding.

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After placing an order containing a live animal, you will receive a scheduling email containing our JotForm scheduling link to schedule your new pet's delivery date.

With this scheduling link, you will be able to schedule your order's delivery up to 30 days in advance. You will be able to choose a date of delivery for Tuesday-Saturday (Saturday arrival depends on the carrier's service availability) with the estimated time of arrival generally being 12pm, or 4:30pm for more rural areas. Overnight lows must be above 40°F to ship directly to you (or above 30°F for FedEx Ship Center pickups) as well as below 90°F by estimated time of arrival.

If you require further assistance, or prefer to talk to one of our Customer Service agents, please feel free to reach out to our [email protected] email or our phone line 1-800-691-8178.

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