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Species page for: Crested & Gargoyle Geckos (Rhacodactylus spp)


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Captive Care
A1 Reptiles - Gargoyle Geckos care sheet

The Rhacodactylus ariculatus specie is commonly referred to as the gargoyle gecko. Unlike other gecko species the gargoyle gecko tends to eat a large amount of fruit. Apricots, bananas, plums, etc., are all acceptable fruit items to feed. Apricots are the highest in calcium.

Captive Care of the Crested Gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus)

The Cold Blooded News The Newsletter of the Colorado Herpetological Society The Captive Care of the Crested Gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) by Travis Cossette

Crested Gecko by Aaron Herps Page

Various Gecko pics A New Caledonian Favorite! The Crested Gecko or Rhacodactylus ciliatus once thought to be extinct is fast becoming a mainstay in the reptile industry. It is native to New Caledonian Islands, prefering moderate heat, high humidity, and lots of trees and plants to climb. They are a pretty gecko, that require moderate space and are easy to maintain. Crested Geckos are a relatively small lizard attaining a length of 8" to 9".

Crested Gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) - Sand Fire Dragon Ranch

Crested Gecko - Rhacodactylus ciliatus Description Crested geckos are named for their most distinguishing characteristic, the lateral crests running from the rim of the upper eye along the sides of the neck and partially down the upper back. In addition to pronounced crests, they have relatively squat triangular heads and prehensile tails. Almost no adult crested geckos caught in the wild still retain their tails.

Crested Gecko and Gargoyle Gecko Care -

The Crested Gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) has become increasingly popular among reptile enthusiasts over the last several years. Thought to be extinct until 1994, they are now fairly common in captivity. These geckos, from the New Caledonian Islands near Australia, make excellent pets. They are extremely hardy, easy to keep and handle, and come in a variety of beautiful colors and patterns. Gargoyle Geckos (Rhacodactylus auriculatus) are very similar in size, care and breeding to Cresteds. These geckos are quickly catching on with gecko enthusiasts. Color and patterns such as striped, orange/red blotch, and others are becoming available. The following is a brief summary of their care, maintenance, and breeding. Unless noted, the information below will work for both Cresteds and Gargoyles:

Crested Geckos - Reptile

Crested Junkie -Gecko care

The New Caledonian Crested Gecko was rediscovered in the mid 90's after being thought to be extinct for some time. These illusive and fascinating geckos have spread in popularity at an incredible rate due to their countless positive attributes. They are an attractive and hearty gecko that is easy to care for and breed. Crested Geckos can display nearly every color combination you can imagine including intense reds, yellows, oranges, cream, lavender, brown , grey and white. Some have tiger strip es, pinstripes , flames, fringes, dashes, and Dalmation spots, to name a few of their pattern variations.

Crested and Gargoyle Geckos -

Native Range: Almost unbelievably, the Crested Gecko was thought to be extinct from the turn of the century until it was rediscovered in 1994! Now, due to the efforts of herpetoculturists, it is one of the most commonly kept and bred species. Like all other members of the genus, R. ciliatus & R. auriculatus are found only on the Islands of New Caledonia. There they inhabit forested areas, hiding under tree bark and in crevices during the day, emerging at night to hunt. Unique in appearance, large in size, and easy to care for, these geckos are quickly becoming established in the pet trade.

Crested geckos, Rhacodactylus ciliatus - Ryan Turnquist Reptiles

INTRODUCTION Crested geckos, Rhacodactylus ciliatus, are one of most, if not the most, promising up and coming reptile species to hit the reptile market in the past decade. Their easy captive care, high breeding rates, unique physique and wide variety of available color morphs make this gecko a fascinating species to keep. As their popularity rises more literature becomes available to the public. One such book is at the forefront of crested gecko captive care and that book is Rhacodactylus: The Complete Guide to their Selection and Care by Philippe de Vosjoli, Frank Fast, and Allen Repashy. It is what I call the Rhacodactylus “Bible” and is a must have for any herper looking to keep any Rhacodactylus specie. Another book recently released is Crested Geckos by Philippe de Vosjoli, which I have found to be a great help. It is not as extensive as the Rhacodactylus book but is equally informative and educational. I highly recommend both of these books.

Gargoyle Gecko Care - The Lizard Wizard

The Gargoyle Gecko is a large, robust & very attractive species of gecko which can obtain sizes from 8-10" in length, and weigh roughly 40 grams, although certain individuals can approach 60g. They are relatively long-lived, with a lifespan of at least 15 years being quoted by most sources. Rhacodactylus are relatively new to the hobby, having been introduced in 1994 after two independent parties "rediscovered" them from a presumed extinction. Rhacodactylus auriculatus occur only on the southern third of Grande Terre, the island that comprises the majority of the territory of New Caledonian.

How to Care for Your New Crested Gecko : Aqualand

Name: Called “crested geckos” for the crest that starts at their eyes and runs down their backs, these friendly little guys are showing up more and more these days. They need higher humidity than some of the larger lizards, but that’s nearly all the special requirements they have.

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Anthony Caponetto Reptiles -


We here at Crested Lady are dedicated to bringing you high-quality cresteds in various color morphs. With over six years experience in crested geckos, and a commitment to quality second to none, we strive to provide our customers with superior quality and service. Right now, we are working hard on Super Dalmatians, Creamsicles, Snow Camos, and many more!

Dirty Stinky Stuff - Rhacodactylus spp maintains the biggest and most diverse colony of Rhacodactylus leachianus, the largest of the living geckos. We thus offer the largest selection of this species, accurately represented as to origins.


Crested Gecko: Rhacodactylus ciliatus The Crested Gecko is native to New Caledonia . It is perhaps the best pet reptile to be “discovered” in the past century. Previously thought to be extinct, numerous Crested Geckos were found happily living on several islands off of New Caledonia as well as on the mainland in the 1980's.

Repashy Reptiles (Rhacodactylus ssp)

The Gecko


More Info.

Rhacodactylus ciliatus, commonly known as New Caledonian crested gecko or crested gecko, is increasing in popularity among herpetoculturists in recent years. It was not too long ago when herpetoculturists and herpetologists alike thought R. ciliatus was extinct in the wild. In early 1994, Robert Seipp discovered a single specimen after a rainstorm. Subsequent independent expeditions by German and American teams discovered thriving populations of R. ciliatus in New Caledonia.

Pangea Reptile Company

Our philosophy is simple. We focus on providing our customers with some of the finest geckos available anywhere, along with outstanding customer service before and after the sale. You can be confident that your experience here will be a pleasant one!

Rhacodactylus Caging Step by Step - Patterson

Rhacodactylus Network (Rhacodactylus ssp)

I am the owner of the Rhacodactylus Network which is the largest collaboration of breeders and keepers. The website offers free access to caresheets, mailing list, webring, and forums. If you have an interest in Rhacodactylus geckos be sure to drop by and get involved and begin learning all the great information posted there. My name is Bobby Pruett and with the help of my wife Corinne, son David, and daughter Gabrielle and two very good friends Mike Conley & Brett Nelson we have built and maintain one of the largest collections of Rhacodactylus geckos, Amazon tree boas, and Emerald tree boas in the US. (care, breeder list, pics & more)

Rhacodactylus are medium to large geckos of the sub-family Diplodactylinae. All species in this genus are found on the islands that make up New Caledonia. Genus characteristics include long limbs and toes with well developed lamellae. Some webbing occurs on the hind limbs and toes. Rhacodactylus possess prehensile tails which also have lamellae to assist in climbing. These are for the most part arboreal geckos.

Other Info. - The Ultimate Crested Gecko Resource

In short, this website is dedicated to educating other hobbyists about the crested gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) and bringing hobbyists together. Please be sure to sign up for our discussion forums. It's absolutely FREE and is a great way to learn and meet other crested gecko enthusiasts!

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