Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Gargoyle Gecko

Rhacodactylus auriculatus
The Gargoyle Gecko gets its name from the little bumps found on their heads. They come in several different colors, including grays, browns, and oranges. Different morphs also posses colored splotches and stripes. Gargoyles are a medium to large Gecko species, and they have long, thin tails that can detach in times on danger, and then regrow.

This particular species is only found on the main island of New Caledonia (Grand Terre)  in the Pacific Ocean. They can be found in lowland forest and scrub areas. Unfortunately, deforestation has been affecting their range, and the species is being considered for the CITES list.

Gargoyle Geckos are omnivores that feed on fruits and insects. They are kept in captivity where they can live 10 years or more.

IUCN Status :  Not Listed
Location : New Caledonia
Size : Length 6in (15cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Reptilia -- Order: Squamata
Family : Gekkonidae -- Genus : Rhacodactylus -- Species : R. auriculatus

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