All Rhacodactylus are fruit and insectivorous eaters. Awake during the dark, this family is known for their forgiveness with care and general toleration for handling (except Leachianus…) when brought out during the daylight. With their cute, always smiling faces, this species was my first reptile for a reason! Coming in a variety of colours, patterns (morphs), shapes and sizes this species always captivates the eye – some more than others! Prices for Chahoua generally range from $400-$1,400 per animal! Leachianus typically range from $500-$1,600 per animal. And Ciliatus generally range from $50-$700. These prices all depend on: the animals gender, colour, morph and if they are sexually mature. Sorry, no gargoyles in this family!
The animals here at B.C.’s Secret Reptiles are top quality and vibrant, making photo day an absolute treat! Rhacodactylus have their own little personalities which is surprising news to non-reptile owners. I find the personality/ intelligence ladder goes as follows: Leachianus (the biggest species of rachadactylus), Chahoua and then the crested gecko.
Let’s start with the biggest and baddest, the Leachianus. Rhacodactylus Leachianus are the biggest species of gecko in the world. Originating from New Caledonia, this tropical species comes in several variations due to adapting to different locations in New Caledonia. On the Mainland you have your biggest species of Leachianus, the Grande Terre can reach up to 17″ total length. Grande Terre Leachianus are known to be more aggressive and territorial. For this reason, the smaller species of leachianus are preferred as a pet. Smaller species of Leachianus are found on islands off the shore of New Caledonia. My favourtie is the Nuu Ami and Nuu Ana typically reaching a total length of 11″. Leachianus are the sensitive cousin in the Rhac family. They have high social standards one could say. If you do not socialize your leachie at a young age you are almost guaranteed to run into fear aggression, or territorial behaviors. Socializing your leachie is more important than the chahoua or crested. Leachianus are known for chuffing, chirping, whistling and even barking. Each form of communication meaning its own thing! Leachianus take note as to how you approach them and handle them, so yes your approach and handling techniques matter with this species. You have to adjust your handling style to each animal.
Next we have the second largest rhacodactylus, the Chahoua. Chahoua come in two variations, the mainland (larger variation typically less colorful and shorter snout) and the Pine Isles (PI). PI are known for the ability to breed white collars/shoulders and features which are highly highly sought after. They tend to be lighter than Mainlands due to selective breeding. PI are typically more expensive due to coloration and generally are harder to find as they were not as heavily imported like Chahoua Mainlands. This species is very personable! They will remember where their food bowl is and anticipate their next feeding. This species is much more tolerable of handling than their larger cousin the Leachianus, making them the next choice once pet owners realize the size of the Leachianus.