Rhacodactylus auriculatus: An Overview

Jul 12, 2013
On the Web
by Cindy Steinle

On the Web - Rhacodactylus auriculatus, or Gargoyle Geckos, are a robust arboreal species native to the Island of New Caledonia. These geckos have a portly build, semi-prehensile tail, and two distinct knob-like structures or “horns” atop their heads that give them their name. They are currently classified in the genus Rhacodactylus along with other geckos that you may know, including crested geckos (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) and giant geckos (Rhacodactylus leachianus). Auriculatus, or “aurics” or “gargs” for short, have been in the hobby longer than either ciliatus or leachies, but did not truly gain popularity until the crested gecko phenomenon caught on. In relationship to cresteds, gargs have a similar diet, similar habitat and similar care requirements so they are a natural choice for someone looking to get their second or third gecko if they are already keeping cresteds. For those who are considering getting a garg as a first gecko, they are also a great choice.

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