Gargoyle geckos are actually from New Caledonia (a group of islands between Fiji and Australia). Gargoyle geckos are ideal reptile pets for novices, with basic, easy- to-meet requirements. Because gargoyle geckos are mainly tree dwelling, they make outstanding displays in naturalistic vivariums.
Gargoyle Gecko Availability – Gargoyle geckos were once considered amongst the rarest lizards in captivity. Today gargoyle geckos are bred in large numbers and have become standard fare in the pet trade.
Gargoyle Gecko Size – Gargoyle geckos reach a moderate size of 4 to 4.5 inches snout-to-vent length (SVL), and 8 inches altogether length. Gargoyle geckos are sexually mature when 15 to 18 months of age, and at a weight of approximately 35 grams.
Gargoyle Gecko Life-span – Under good care, prepare for your gargoyle gecko to live 15 to twenty years.
Gargoyle Gecko Housing
Baby gargoyle geckos are the best housed in large plastic terrariums or even in standard (20 inch) ten gallon reptile tanks using a screen top. Adult gargoyle geckos ought to be housed in 20 gallon tanks with screen tops. Larger tanks will permit for better displays. In areas with moderate to high relative humidity, gargoyle geckos will fare well in screen cages. These tanks have the benefit of being light as well as simple to clean up. You can keep one male and several female gargoyle geckos together. Male gargoyle geckos may fight, particularly when within the company of females, and should not be kept together.
Gargoyle Gecko Lighting and Temperature
Reptiles are ectotherms (body temperature varies with environmental temperature) so it is important that you supply the proper temperature range for activity and feeding. A thermometer (many are now available in the reptile trade) is going to be essential to make accurate temperature measurements.
Gargoyle geckos like temperatures of 78 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. It can drop towards the low 70s during the night. In many areas this temperature range will be reached through the warm months of the season without additional heat. In summer, place gargoyle geckos in a cool room if the temperature exceeds 87 degrees. During the winter gargoyle geckos will tolerate night drops in to the 60s.
The simplest way to provide heat is a low wattage incandescent bulb or perhaps a ceramic heat emitter in a reflector type fixture placed on the screen top over one side of the tank so that the temperature of basking areas (branches) reaches the preferred range. You have to remember to keep one side in the tank unheated to ensure that gargoyle geckos can pick a cooler area to control their body temperature. You can also use a subtank reptile heat pad or heat tape under one side of the tank regulated with a thermostat.
If you have live plants within your vivarium additional light can be offered by a fluorescent bulb running the duration of the tank. Gargoyle geckos have a tendency to rest in foliage or shelters throughout the day and are active at night. They actually do not require UVB light if fed an eating plan which has vitamin D3. Switch off lights at night.
Gargoyle Gecko Substrate
Gargoyle geckos spend most of their time above ground so a variety of substrates can be used. For simple maintenance purposes reptile carpet is attractive and simply cleaned. For any more naturalistic look, a peat moss based soil mix that doesn’t contain perlite will work well. Coir (coconut fiber pulp now available in reptile stores as compressed bricks) mixed 50 % with soil is a good selection for growing live plants.
Gargoyle geckos feel comfortable resting in foliage and like to climb wood. Good landscape materials include cork bark sections for vertical and ground level shelters and climbing areas. Dried wood branches angled across the size of a vivarium provide resting and activity areas. Tend not to overclutter the tank. Leave a lot of open space. Live or artificial plants together with wood and bark can provide the protection gargoyle geckos need to rest in the open and give a decorative element to the display. Good plant selections include small ficus benjamina, dracaena and pothos.
Gargoyle Gecko Food
Within this author’s opinion, the complete powdered diet marketed as Repashy Superfoods “Crested Gecko” Diet has played a key role for making these geckos some of the most popular of lizards kept as pets since it excludes the requirement to feed live insects. Gargoyle geckos thrive when fed the diet program exclusively, which has been tested with 1000s of geckos for longer than 10 years. The diet plan is mixed with two parts water and offered in shallow dishes 3 x a week around these geckos will eat at a feeding. The diet plan is able to remain 24 to 36 hours before removal.
If you cannot get the Crested Gecko Diet, a different is always to feed a combination of pureed baby foods obtainable in supermarkets including banana, peach, apricot or mixed fruit with 10 % pureed chicken. A reptile powdered vitamin/mineral supplement has to be included in provide all necessary nutrients for your gargoyle gecko.
As well as fruit, gargoyle geckos relish insects and some hobbyists choose to offer these as either a primary diet or as supplementary diet. Crickets now sold in the pet trade are the best choice and you need to select a size where period of cricket equals width of head. Crickets needs to be lightly coated using a vitamin/mineral supplement which has calcium, Vitamin D3 and a complement of other essential vitamins and minerals. They should be offered 3 x per week as being a primary diet or once a week as a treat/supplement for the Crested Gecko Diet.
Gargoyle Gecko Water and Humidity
Water should always be designed for gargoyle geckos in a shallow water dish. These geckos also need a relative humidity of at least 50 percent and preferably 70 %. In dry areas the tanks needs to be lightly misted nightly or even a cool air humidifier placed inside the room. Inexpensive hygrometers (relative humidity gauges) to be used with reptiles are easily available inside the pet trade.
Gargoyle Geckos Tails
In nature, gargoyle geckos will most likely lose their tails and end up with a tiny pointed tail nub. “Taillessness” is actually a normal condition for adults gargoyle geckos. In captivity, hobbyists like their gargoyle geckos with tails, but this requires keeping animals individually and pampered to stop tail loss.
Gargoyle geckos are notorious for plucking off each others tails and also the tailless condition occurs during at the very least portion of the year if this species is kept in groups. This can be this kind of normal phenomenon with gargoyle geckos they are commonly sold as tailless within the trade without the discount. On the bright side, gargoyle geckos will readily regenerate tails, which besides a change in scalation, end up looking like the originals.
Gargoyle Gecko Handling and Temperament
Newly purchased gargoyle geckos should not be handled, but first able to settle in for three or four weeks to let them get used to their new environment and to ensure they regularly feed. When you begin handling your gargoyle gecko, make handling sessions short, a maximum of a few minutes. Baby gargoyle geckos are usually flighty and can be injured inside the nsyqgd of handling. For that reason you ought to delay until these are a minimum of 3 inches SVL before handling. Gargoyle geckos readily bite while they are young to subadult, but seldom when adult. They have got long sharp teeth and their bites will lead to superficial skin lacerations which will bleed. Fortunately they bite as a warning and quickly let go. When adult, gargoyle geckos are generally mellow and rank among the best of lizard pets.