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Terrestrial Geckos

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Rhacodactylus auriculatus

Scientific name: Rhacodactylus auriculatus

Distribution: New Caledonia, central and southern third of the Island.

Habitat: Scrub-vegetation, open dry forest with a canopy height of 3-4 meters.

Brief description: SVL 3.5 to 4.5 with an average length of 8 inches. Many color forms. Should be kept in 1.1 or 1.2 groups with plenty of space for each individual gecko. Carnivorous and frugivorous.




Mniarogecko chahoua

Scientific name: Mniarogecko chahoua

Distribution: New Caledonia, northern, central, and southern part of the Island and Ile of Pines.

Habitat: Rainforest, gallery and secondary forest habitats.

Brief description: SVL 4.8 to 5.0 with a total length around 9.0 to 10.0 inches. Males with several females may be kept together. Carnivorous and frugivorous.




Correlophus ciliatus

Scientific name: Correlophus ciliatus

Distribution: New Caledonia, Ile of Pines.

Habitat: Warm moist lowland rainforest. Occurs in the lower portion of the canopy on twigs and small sapplings.

Brief description: SVL 4.2 to 4.2 with a total length of 7.0 to 8.0 inches. Color and pattern varies. Males can be kept with multiple females. Hardy captives.




Rhacodactylus leachianus

Scientific name: Rhacodactylus leachianus

Distribution: New Caledonia, Grand Terre, Ile of Pines and many of the smaller offshore Islands.

Habitat: River rainforest areas and arid regions of the southern part of the Island. Closed forest regions and residuary patches of rainforest.

Brief description: Maindland form with a SVL of 7.8 to 9.6 with a total length of 17.0 inches. Offshore forms, SVL of 5.5 to 7.7 and a total length of 12.0 inches. Best kept in pairs. Mainly frugivorous, but will accept Small mammals, insects and birds. Pattern, variable. Very vocal. Largest of known living geckos.





Correlophus sarasinorum

Scientific name: Correlophus sarasinorum

Distribution: New Caledonia, southern part of the Island.

Habitat: Isolated patches of primary forest. Found mainly on smooth bark tree species.

Brief description: SVL of 3.6 to 4.8 and a total length of 10.0 inches. Pattern - plain light brown to a white collar, spotted form. Can be kept in harem groups. Carnivorous and frugivorous.




Eurydactylodes vieillardi

Scientific name: Eurydactylodes vieillardi

Distribution: New Caledonia, Isle of Pines

Habitat: Humid closed forest and forest edge habitats, sclerophyll forest and maquis formations. 

Brief description: SVL of 58mm, strong contrasting pattern.  Light green with shades of white, yellow, and browns.  Same care as for E. agricolae.  Another gem from New Caledonia and a must for anyone that has a strong interest in gecko's from this region.




Phyllurus platurus

Scientific name:  Phyllurus platurus
Distribution:  Australia, NSW.  Restricted to the sandstones of NSW and the Blue Mountians.
Habitat:  Takes refuge in crevices and windblown sandstone caves.  May come into human habitation.
Brief description:  SVL of 80 mm and a total length of 150mm.  A gregarious species with many individuals of various ages that live in the same micro-habitat.  Small groups may be setup in captivity, as long as there is plenty of space and hiding places.  Should be kept cool.  A daytime temperature should reach the high 70's.  Nightime temps should be able to drop 15-20 degree's.  High humidity is a must, but not wet.  A two month cooling period is reccomended for breeding a females produce 2-3 clutches in a season.  Very vocal and a pleasure to listen to when sprayed at!



Phyllurus caudiannulatus

Scientific name:  Phyllurus caudiannulatus
Distribution:  Australia, Queensland
Habitat:  Rainforest.  Shelters in cavities in various trees, beneath loose bark, and boulder scree.
Brief description:  SVL of 103mm and a total length of 170mm.  A rare species in captivity.  Should be setup as pairs in well planted vivaria, with plenty of stacked rocks or logs.  A very secretive gecko by nature.  Most in the Genus sport an elaborate tail feature, but here is a species with a strait tail that is heavily spined.  Females may produce 2-3 clutches in a season.  A very cool animal! 




Strophurus teanicauda

Scientific name:  Strophurus teanicauda
Distribution:  Australia, Queensland
Habitat: Dry sclerophyll forest, woodlands, and present on Callitris pine trees. 
Brief description:  SVL of 70 mm and a total length of 125mm.  One of the most striking arboreal geckos in Australia.  Adults have a light grey body color with scattered black spots and a golden/orange tail.  May produce a a fluid from the tail for defense.  May be kept as pairs.  A heat source should be no higher than 85-90F locally.  Otherwise, they are very cool tolerant.  After a two month cooling period, females will produce 4-5 clutches in a season.  There are various high pattern animals with some hosting the dorsal stripe from the tail tip all the way up the back near the back of the head.  A must for gecko collections.



Strophurus c. ciliaris

Scientific name:  Strophurus c. ciliaris

Distribution:  Australia,  WA, to Queensland, south to NSW.

Habitat:  Widespread in various shrublands, spinifex deserts, and tropical woodland.  Utilizes dead trees, rock outcrops, and vegetation for retreats.

Brief description:  SVL 89mm with a total length of 170mm.  Coloration can vary with individuals from a slate grey to a light bronze body color.  Spines are black, orange, or yellow.   A spectacular lizard to work with!   Can be kept as pairs or trios in a small dry vivarium with branches, cork flats, and rocks.  Provide a hot spot of 90F with a night drop into the 70's.  Females start breeding around April and can lay 5-6 clutches per season.  Babies are small, but start growing quickly after the initial shed.  Some specimens can host a large amount of orange or yellow and are very sought after.



Strophurus wellingtonae

Scientific name:  Strophurus wellingtonae

Distribution:  Australia.  Western Australia.   The arid interior from Pilbara to the Goldfields region.

Habitat:  Mulga shrublands and woodlands on heavy reddish soils.  Uses various hiding places  as rocks, dead wood, and branches.  

Brief description:  SVL 85mm to a total length of 170mm.  Slate grey body color with various dark blotches.  Red spines cover the body and tail.   Still a rare gecko in captivity and seldom available.  Limited.   Pairs should be kept in a dry vivarium with branches and succulents.    A hot spot should be provided during the day at 90F with a night time drop.   Females lay 5-6 clutches per season.  


Bavayia cyclura

Scientific name: Bavayia cyclura

Distribution: New Caledonia, known from all areas on the mainland as well as the Loyalty Islands, and Isle of Pines.

Habitat: Occurs in the drier parts of New Caledonia, under bark, stumps, and rotten wood.

Brief description: SVL of 72 mm and a total length of 128 mm. Can be kept in large groups with various ages and sexes. Flighty by nature and very secretive. Carnivorous and frugivorous.




Bavayia robusta

Scientific name: Bavayia robusta

Distribution: New Caledonia, Mt. Koghis and surounding areas.

Habitat: Mid-altitude forest. Bark, dead trees, and rotton wood with high humidity.

Brief description: SVL of 82.9 mm and a total lenght of 180 mm. Largest of the Bavayia's. Coloful as well. Not as prolific as other Bavayia. Should be kept as 1.2 or 1.3 groups. Very secretive. Mainly frugivorous, but will take insect matter.




Oedura tryoni

Scientific name: Oedura tryoni

Distribution: Australia, north-eastern NSW and south-eastern Qld.

Habitat: Restricted to granite outcrops and ranges in dry sclerophyll forest, where it shelters by day in crevices or under slabs of rock.

Brief description: SVL of 80 mm and a total length of 140 mm. Another gregarious animal, in which several ages can be kept together, provided that htere are plenty of hidding places. Uncommon in captivity. Very attractive. Two forms are known, a large spotted and small spotted. Insectivorous.



Oedura coggeri

Scientific name: Oedura coggeri

Distribution: Cape York, Penninsule., Queensland, Australia

Habitat: Tropical rocky outcrops, dead trees, in woodland or forest

Brief description: SVL of 7cm and a total length of 11cm. A beautiful yellow colored gecko with a good temperment. Can be kept in pairs and females lay 2-4 clutches per season. Insectivorous.



Homopholis wahlbergi

Scientific name: Homopholis wahlbergi

Distribution: East Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zululand, N. Province, and Botswana.

Habitat: Coastal bush, mesic and arid savannah. Occurs in large dead trees.

Brief description: SVL of 90-110 and a total lenght of 130 mm. large robust geckos that can deliver a strong bite. Lays 4 to 5 clutches a year and the eggs can take as long as 12 months to hatch. Insectivorous.



Tarentola d. gigas

Scientific name: Tarentola d. gigas

Ditstribution: Cape Verde Island

Habitat: Dry rocky cliff faces and under large stones

Brief description: SVL for males 14cm and 9-10 for females. Total length on males can be 18-19cm. Males are very chunky and vocal. Keep as pairs in large dry rocky vivariums. They need a hot spot of 95f and low humidity. Females lay two eggs, with three clutch per season. A long lived species. Insectivorous and frugivorous.



Thecadactylus oskrobapreinorum

Scientific name:  Thecadactylus oskrobapreinorum

Distribution:  Island of Sint Maarten.  Lesser Antilles

Habitat:  Lower parts of large tree trunks, edge of forests, and tree hollows.   

Brief description:  SVL of 95mm with a total length of 170mm.   Universal grey color for the body with small black spots and markings.  Can have orange or yellow coloration on the head and neck region.  Can be kept in pairs in a large humid vivarium, with plenty of live vertical plants and branches.  A hot spot should be provided that reaches 100F.  Females only lay one egg per clutch with 4-5 clutches per year.  Will accept various insects.  A rare species in captivity and should be held in high regard within ones collection.