Correlophus sarasinorum



Correlophus sarasinorum, or Roux's giant gecko is one of the most underrated geckos from New Caledonia. Not many people have them and they are still rare in the reptile hobby.
They are said to be a very flighty gecko, but we never experienced them as so. When handled on a regular base they will calm down and be as gentle as crested geckos.

The Sara (as most people call them) will reach a size of approximately 26 cm long (from head to tail tipp), but often their size is mesured in SVL (Snout to vent lenght). The SVL of a Sara is about 12-13 cm. A fully mature gecko can weigh about 60-65 grams. The estimated lifespan of a sarasinorum is 30 years.

Sexing


After 12-14 months the sara is sexually mature. By that time they are easy to sex. The males show a distinct Hemipenal bulge at the tail base by that age. The females have no bulge. They can be loupe sexed at a lenght of 8 cm SVL. You can look for preanal pores on males (females don't have these).

Keeping Roux's giant gecko



Sara's are quite easy to keep, their maintenance is similar to that of cresteds or chahoua.
The like to climb so a high vivarium is recommended. A vivaruim with a size of 50x50x70 cm is fine for a pair. They don't require 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 degrees centigrade at night) with a low wattage light bulb.
Just make sure they have plenty places to hide and lot's of climbing.
As substrate we use Jungle bark,this 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.


Sara's eat the same as the other New Caledonia geckos. They eat fruit, insects and mice.
We give them Repashy Crested MRP three times a week.
One in a while we will mash up some fresh fruit, like kiwi, banana or mango.
Every once in a while we give them crickets or roaches (Blaptica Dunia), so they will have something to hunt.