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|Weight as of 9/5/2023 : 5.96 grams||Birthday : 7/27/2023||Morph : Pine Isle|
The gecko pictured is the EXACT animal for sale!
Name: Mniarogekko chahoua are commonly known as the mossy prehensile-tailed gecko, or chewies. Until recently, this species was in the genus Rhacodactylus.
Benefits from buying at Josh's Frogs:
Recommended Terrarium Size: A 12x12x18 enclosure is bare minumum for a single adult - we recommend an 18x18x24. For a breeding pair, we recommend an 18x18x24 enclosure or a 40-gallon aquarium with a screen top. Josh’s Frogs Bio-Bedding or Coco select will work well as a substrate. Provide thick branches, standing cork, and strong plants to make your arboreal geckos feel at home. We recommend you house singly unless you plan to breed and then only house as pairs and after reaching sexual maturity. It is recommended to start young chahoua in small enclosures and increase their size as they grow because they tend to do better in an environment they feel secure in.
Temperature: Daytime ambient temperatures should range between 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lighting:Mossy prehensile-tailed geckos are nocturnal and do not require lighting, but UVB lights can be used to simulate day and nighttime rhythms.
Humidity: Chewies geckos like it humid. Provide a water bowl and mist frequently enough to maintain humidity at about 60-75%. Substrate can be allowed to just dry out between mistings, but it should not be bone dry or soaking wet. Plants can be added to help stabilize higher humidity as well as provide humid microclimates. Ambient humidity should be monitored with a digital hygrometer. Chewies should be misted 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: Adult chewies are the second largest geckos in the world. Adults can reach up to 10 inches in length, including the tail, and it can weigh up to 75 grams. Hatchlings are about 1½ -2 inches long, including the tail.
Age: Chahoua can live up to 15-20 years with proper care.
Feeding: Chewies are frugivorous and insectivores, but can refuse live prey items in favor of a solely fruit mix diet, on which they will thrive. They may be offered crickets, dubia roaches, waxworms, black 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 can be done by looking for femoral pores between the hind legs of males. Juveniles sold by Josh's Frogs are not sexed.
Color/Pattern: Chewies have a very unique coloration and are excellent at camouflaging against a background of tree bark with patches of moss like greenish brown that has traces of red spattered throughout.
Social Behavior: Mossy prehensile-tailed geckos are quite docile, but can become aggressive towards each other. House them individually, unless they are a breeding pair and separate immediately if aggression occurs.
Breeding: Keep males and females separate until the females are about 2 years old, and the males about 18 months. This is because of the amount of strain a female's body is put under during egg production. Females will lay 2 eggs in a clutch and will lay from 1 to 3 clutches per year.
Natural Range:Chewies are native to New Caledonia and the small islands surrounding it. There are 2 different types, the mainland, and pine isle locales. Pine Isle varieties are slightly more rare to come by, and can be slightly larger than the mainland variety and their colors will tend to be slightly brighter.
History in the Hobby: Until recently with an increase in captive breeding,Rhacodactylus chahoua were rare. For conservation reasons, they are no longer exported from New Caledonia.
Links of Interest:
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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