Care sheets , Geckos , Reptiles

Rhacodactylus leachianus – Care sheet

Rhacodactylus Leachianus

A gecko native to the forests of New Caledonia, it can be found both in the island of Grande Terre and in its satellite islets.


Night gecko, in fact, during the day it takes refuge in the hollows of trees (it is therefore necessary to recreate this characteristic in the terrarium), something that babies do above all to avoid being preyed upon.
it is characterized by a massive body. the average length is around 26cm
It is the largest species among the Diplodactylidae.
the tail is also short and massive and made up of two sections.
it is an arboreal gecko and a monogamous animal.

the island localities are generally smaller and rarely exceed 200gr
the largest Leachianus Grande Terre of the islanders reach over 400gr.
when it comes to the structure of the body

as regards the colors, in general, the Grande Terre are darker while those coming from satellite islands are lighter and the colors go from light green to dark green.
but this also depends on whether the animal is in UP or DOWN

Baby: 20x20x20 (up to 50gr) – for about a year.

Subadult: (50-100gr) 30x30x30 – in a larger box they will find it difficult to acclimatise and call to stress and therefore not to eat.

Adult: (100gr _ +) 60x40x60 for a single specimen.
if you have a sample of 350gr and +, an 80x40x50 would be better
PAIR: 1m x 50 x 2m.

The terrarium must be well ventilated.

Furniture: branches, both vertical and horizontal, suitable for the size of the animal.
cork bark, logs, pine bark to mix with the acid peat substrate.
Remember to create 1 or 2 hiding places where the gecko can rest without feeling vulnerable.
a tray of water on the bottom, or magnetic trays are commercially available on the Pangea website,
if you do not want to use acid peat, you can opt for a very absorbent paper towel.

Optimal T.: 25 – 30 ° C with humidity at 50-70%
being a nocturnal gecko it does not need spots


In nature this gecko feeds on: small rodents, small birds and ripe fruit insects

In captivity the best and complete foods to choose are: Repashy and Pangea,
as with ciliatus, half a teaspoon of honey and pollen can be added to the homogenized product. but this is seldom done.
fruit: banana, kiwi, watermelon, pear and apple.
Avoid sour fruits like oranges, tangerines and grapefruits.

as for live food, Pinky.
When the animal is large enough, grasshoppers, orthoptera cockroaches.

His diet must be as balanced as possible and not fully protein.

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