Species group: Geckos
Other common names: Suras Gecko; Slender Prehensile Tailed Gecko
Scientific name: Rhacodactylus sarasinorum
The Sarasin's Giant Gecko is native to the island of New Caledonian in Melanesia in the southwest Pacific. R. sarasinorum is currently being evaluated by CITES for protective status and is considered vulnerable to extinction in many herpetological circles.
Appearance / health:
The Sarasin's Giant Gecko is typically brown to gray.
Behavior / temperament:
Rhacodactylus sarasinorum is nocturnal, and is often found hiding under leaf litter or under loose bark.
A pair can be kept in a 20 gallon terrarium.
This species requires a temperature of 74 - 78° F during the day, dropping to a minimum of 68° F at night. Humidity should be kept from 70 - 80%.
It is an omnivore, and eats insects and fruit in the wild.
wonderful species, graceful gecko, striking white collars, favorite geckos, white dots
beginner gecko keeper
commercial nectar mixes, critically endangered beauty, cork bark rolls, reptile nightviewing bulbs
Remarkable Gecko in Need of a Breeding Program
I first met this unique New Caledonian native as a zookeeper, and was both awed by its appearance and dismayed by the poor condition of most imports. Much has improved since then, but while this critically endangered beauty needs more attention by breeders, at this point it should be left to well-experienced experts.
Shy and somewhat arboreal, Sarasin’s giant geckos should be kept in terrariums that provide both vertical and horizontal space, and are 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 30 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. As “insurance”, however, a low-output (2.0%) bulb can be employed. 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 76-84 F. 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, crickets, silkworms, hornworms, locusts and other commercially-available insects should all be offered; 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..
From findiviglio Nov 5 2015 8:58PM