Rhacodactylus Auriculatus

Gargoyle gecko




The name of this gecko refers to the bony knobs on the top of the head of mature animals, which give him the look of a Gargoyle. It is, together with the ciliatus, one of the most kept Rhacodactylus. The Gargoyle can reach a total lenght of 20 cm, just like cresteds, but they weigh more. Well fed females can reach a adult weight of almost 60 grams.
Just like all the Rhacodactylus, Gragoyles can reach a high age. Estimated is that they can live up to 30 years. They are the least social of all the Rhacodactylus. Multiple animals in one vivarium will lead to cannibalism. And more then two males in one vivarium will certanly lead to the death of one of them.


Sexing


With about 18 months the Gargoyle gecko will be sexual mature.By that time sexing is easy. Males will have a hemipemal bulge, which females lack. When they are abour 6 months old, a gargoyle can be loupe sexed. You can look for preanal pores on males (females don't have these).
The males have up to 5 rows of preanal pores. Females can show pores sometimes but they will only have 3 rows or less, these are Pseudo-pores.

Keeping auriculatus


Gargoyles are often found at the bottum of the vivarium, despte that they also love to climb, so a high vivarium is recommended. A vivarium of 50x50x70 cm is suitable for a pair. They don't recuire special lighting (since they are nocturnal) and no high temperatures. We just keep them on room temperature (22-25 degrees centigrade daytime and 20-22 degreed centigrade at night) with a low wattage light bulb.
Just make sure they have plenty places to hide and branches to climb on, even though they don't climb as much as the other Rhacodactylus. Because they spend most of their time at the bottom of the vivarium you will need the right substrate. We use Jungle-bark, it's soft and gives the vivarium a natural look.
The humidity should be around 70%. You can reach this by misting the vivarium once or twice a day. We use artificial plants in all our vivariums cause they are easy to clean, but you can also use real plants. Just make sure they are not poisonous.

Dieet


We give our auriculatus the same dieet as the other Rhacodactylus, Repashy MRP. They seem to prefer insects, but ours just don't like them as much as the Repashy food.
We give the Repashy dieet 3 times a week and once in a month we give them fresh fruit, like banana, mango and kiwi, Every now and then we give them crickets or roaches (blaptica Dubia) but most of the time they won't eat them.