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Name: Eurydactylodes agricolae. Known as Bauer’s chameleon gecko, likely for their coloration and textured appearance which allows them to easily camouflage among mossy bark. Like all geckos, they're able to utilize chromatophores to exhibit darker or lighter coloration as well!
Recommended Enclosure Size: A single animal or pair can be kept in a 12x12x18. A bioactive setup with live plants is strongly recommended for this species; BioBedding is recommended to maintain live plants, springtails, and isopods. Provide plenty of climbing material in the form of cork bark and branches for this arboreal species.
Temperature: Keep chameleon geckos geckos between 72-78 F. A basking spot is not required and not recommended unless this species is kept at very cool temperatures. The ambient and basking temperature should never exceed 85 F. Temperature should be monitored with a digital thermometer. Night temperatures should not fall below 68 F. These nocturnal geckos do not require UVB, although we do keep our breeders under a 5.0 UVB light.
Humidity: Chameleon geckos should be provided a humid but well-ventilated setup between 60-75%. Live plants can be added to help stabilize higher humidity as well as provide humid microclimates. Ambient humidity should be monitored with a digital hygrometer. Mist chameleon geckos daily to provide dew on enclosure walls and cage items from which they can drink. A water dish can be provided but is not necessary with regular misting; a water dish will not replace the need to regularly mist the enclosure.
Size: Chameleon geckos reach between 4.5-5.5 inches as adults.
Age: Bauer’s chameleon geckos are at least 4 weeks old when sold by Josh’s Frogs, at which time they are well established. Average lifespan in captivity is not well documented at this time.
Feeding: Chameleon geckos are omnivores, eating both insects and fruit in the wild. In captivity, they will thrive on a diet ofgecko diet mix andfeeder insects. Hatchlings and juveniles should be offered ⅛-inch crickets or fruit flies until they are large enough to eat ¼-inch crickets. Providingmounted feeding cups for this arboreal species is recommended. Other appropriately sized feeder insects, like dubia roaches and black soldier fly larvae, can also be offered but need to be provided in a food dish to be accessible. Waxworms, butterworms, and small hornworms make excellent treats, but should only be offered occasionally. Feeder insects should be gutloaded and dusted with a calcium and multivitamin supplement.
Sexing: Sexing chameleon geckos is fairly easy when mature, as males will exhibit hemipenal bulges whereas females will not.
Color/Pattern: Chameleon geckos are most notable for their unique scalation, giving them a very textured appearance. They exhibit a range of olive or mossy green colors, with conspicuous yellow flanking their mouth and hind and forelimbs.Dark green bands may adorn the back and tail.
Social Behavior: House solo or as a pair when using a smaller enclousre. Males should never be housed together.
Breeding: Bauer’s chameleon geckos lay 2 eggs every 3-4 weeks during the breeding season. Eggs usually found buried in the substrate. Around 5-7 clutches are laid per year.
Natural Range: Chameleon geckos are found on New Caledonia, the same island chain as crested geckos, gargoyle geckos, and other Rhacodactylus species!
History in the Hobby: Chameleon geckos are not as common in the trade as other New Caledonian geckos, but their extremely unique appearance, docile and slow nature, and robustness in captivity makes them an excellent gecko for beginners and experienced hobbyists alike!
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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.
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I bought my little gecko a few months ago, and so far, she is doing incredibly well! she is readily eating both insects and prepared diet, and is absolutely adorable, and surprisingly calm for such a small gecko. she's gained about 1 gram since she arrived, which is a lot for a gecko that only grows to about 4 inches.
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I ordered one of these little guys about 2 months ago and he’s so tiny and cute. He’s super healthy and active, and loves to climb around his terrarium and eat little crickets. He’s a little skittish but that makes sense since he is just a baby, although he has recently let me touch him and even hold him for a few minutes! I’m so happy with my little gecko from Josh’s Frogs, like always!
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I was notified that there was a chameleon gecko for sale at a very reasonable price. I order it immediately and do not regret it. It came in small but started eating prepared diet and fruit flies over the next few days. It has already had a shed for me so I'm glad Josh's Frogs sent me a very healthy animal.
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