I often think working at PetSolutions is kind of like working at a zoo. Between the animals we sell and the pets brought in by co-workers for photo shoots or visits, I am exposed to many different types and breeds of animals that make great pets, even if I never considered some of them before. Because of this experience, I want share the different pets I get to see at our “zoo.”
Gargoyle Gecko: Think Crested Gecko, Only Different
Investigating the different Geckos that come through the office has been quite fun. One of the first Geckos I interacted with was a Gargoyle. This quite chubby and robust little reptile was pretty docile and tolerated being handled very well. He seemed pretty mellow as he moved about my hand, mostly staying by my fingertips. Luckily, he never felt like jumping!
Gargoyle geckos can be found in many different colors and are captive bred for certain patterns and colors. Most colors include greys, whites, browns, yellows, oranges, and reds, all in different blotch or stripe patterns. My little guy was definitely more of the yellow / brown mix, with blotches that made stripes. What really struck me was his eyes – he really looked like a little alligator with those eyes, even though he did smile!
While this Gargoyle was really easy to hold, putting Gargoyles together with each other or other Geckos can cause some problems, as they tend to have aggressive tendencies. In fact, a Gargoyle will nip at and eat the tail of Gecko housemates. Keeping one of these guys by himself is probably the best idea.
In regards to care, what you would do for a Crested Gecko is what you would do for a Gargoyle. They are pretty similar in their needs. The only thing to watch for is putting baby Gargoyles together. Even the babies tend to bite at and eat tails of any cage mates, siblings or not.
Here are some interesting tid-bits about Gargoyle Geckos:
- Scientific Name: Rhacodactylus auriculatus
- Your Gargoyle Gecko may also be referred to as the New Caledonian Bumpy Gecko, since this gecko originates in New Caledonia and has cranial bumps that look like horns or ears
- Gargoyle Geckos get to about 8” – 9” in length
- Gargoyle Geckos are nocturnal.
- While they are considered arboreal, Gargoyle Geckos are not adept at climbing and do not stick to smooth surfaces easily. Rough climbing material is needed in their living quarters.
- The tails of Gargoyle Geckos will grow back if dropped. A fully regenerated tail is really hard to distinguish from the original one.
- It was once popular to feed baby food to Gargoyle Geckos. It is not really advised as a feeding practice now, though. Proper reptile food should be used instead.
- Gargoyle Geckos can at times be reluctant to feed on insects. However, large insects are more appealing than smaller ones, so go bigger.
- Baby Gargoyles will consume a 3/4” cricket without problems. Adults can feed on pinky mice!
- An alternative to live insects or feeder mice is feeding fruit mixes, such as Zoo Med’s Day Gecko Food.
- Moderate humidity and some misting are enjoyed by Gargoyle Geckos, but they should not be kept wet very long.
- Gargoyles can be aggressive towards each other. When it comes to breeding, groups of one male to three females is highly suggested. Also keeping a close eye on the trio is important, as they tend to bully each other.
This interesting breed of Gecko is sure to be a great pet. If you have a Gargoyle Gecko, please share some stories!
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