Species group: Geckos
Scientific name: Rhacodactylus leachianus henkeli
The Henkel's Giant Gecko is one of two sub-species of New Caledonian Giant Gecko (leachianus). It is a nocturnal, arboreal species of gecko which makes its home in the highest treetops of offshore islands of New Caledonia. The other sub-species, the Grand Terre Giant Gecko (Rhacodactylus leachianus leachianus), is larger, and is found on the island of Grande Terre in New Caledonia.
Appearance / health:
The Henkel's Giant Gecko can reach 8 inches total length.
New Caledonian Giant Geckos are arboreal, and strongly prefer a cage that is taller than it is long. A single adult gecko can be housed in an enclosure that is 3 feet long X 2 feet deep X four feet tall. Males should never be housed together. Room temperature of 65- 80 degrees F is suitable.
In the wild this gecko is omnivorous and feeds on insects and fruit and will also occasionally eat smaller lizards. In captivity they thrive on a varied diet including mealworms, waxworms, crickets, fruit and meat baby food, small lizards/ pinky mice, and a commercial product such as Giant Gecko Meal Replacement Powder (MRP).
Spectacular Giant Gecko
reptile nightviewing bulbs, commercial nectar mixes, cork bark rolls, essential hiding places
A Spectacular Giant Gecko
Although I had worked with thousands of lizards in zoos before seeing my first Henkel’s giant gecko, I was awed by the magnificent beast. One of the largest of the world’s geckos, they are quite hardy and have been bred regularly by keeper’s able to meet their needs
Shy and completely arboreal, Henkel’s giant geckos should be kept in terrariums which are vertically oriented and well-stocked with vines, cork bark rolls (these are essential hiding places) and sturdy plants. A single adult requires an enclosure the size of a 55 gallon aquarium, at minimum. Pairs may co-exist, in larger quarters, but must be watched carefully.
They are nocturnal, and so if provided a healthful diet and ample Vitamin D3 will do fine without UVB exposure. Red reptile night-viewing bulbs will allow you to watch your pets after dark (they sense little if any of the light produced by these bulbs), and can also be used to supply an ambient temperature range of 76-85 F. Humidity must be kept high – to 75-80% - but the tank should be allowed to dry out by day. Moist coco-husk and sphagnum moss and, in dry homes, a reptile humidifier, will assist in maintaining the conditions they favor.
A wide variety of insects supplemented with powdered calcium and vitamins are essential to your gecko’s well-being. Roaches are a particular favorite, and a steady supply should be in place before you purchase a New Caledonian giant gecko. Crickets, silkworms, hornworms, locusts and other commercially-available insects should also be supplied; crickets and mealworms alone, even if supplemented, will not maintain their health long-term. About a third of the diet should consist of commercial nectar mixes sold for use with crested and day geckos (Phelsuma spp.); a homemade slurry containing fruit, baby food, calcium powder and honey should also be provided. A pink mouse may be offered at 6-8 week intervals..
From findiviglio Nov 5 2015 5:04PM