Gargoyle Gecko, The Best Pet Reptile?
Posted on November 4, 2017
Clint talks specifically about the gargoyle gecko (Rhacodactylus auriculatus), weighing the merits of these WONDERFUL little creatures so you can decide if they are the right pet for you.
0:44 Gargoyle Geckos get an overall score of 4.8 out of 5.
1:03 Score criteria: Handleability, Care, Hardiness, Availability, Upfront Costs.
1:13 Handleability: How well does a Gargoyle Gecko do with handling?
3:39 Care: What is involved with caring for Gargoyle Geckos?
5:17 Hardiness: How hardy are Gargoyle Geckos?
6:34 Availability: How easy is it to obtain a Gargoyle Gecko?
7:58 Upfront Costs: How much does it cost to get setup with a Gargoyle Gecko?
8:59 Conclusion: Gargoyle Geckos are great and deserve an overall score of 4.8.
9:15 Bloopers, out-takes, silliness.
Well hey there! Welcome! Today we’re gonna talk a little bit about gargoyle geckos. You’ll notice that we snuck them into this video, which if you haven’t seen it you should check it out. Maybe, maybe not right now – but now actually check it out right now then come back. You’re back? Good, ok, nice to have you back.
Gargoyle gecko. You’ll notice we did a video on the top 5 best pet reptiles for beginners and there were 6 different species on there. There were 6 different species because honestly gargoyle geckos and crested geckos are really really similar. They’re very very closely related to one another. Today more than anything we’re gonna try to highlight the differences between them. We’ve already done a video on crested gecko so you can check that one out too. But overall we give gargoyle geckos a score… we give them a score of 4 out of 5, which is the same score that we gave crested geckos. But we do give them this score for different reasons than we gave crested geckos a 4 out of 5. As always, those reasons are our five categories which are handleability, care, hardiness, availability, and upfront costs.
First off, let’s talk about handleability. For handleability we give these guys a score of four out of five. The main reason they’re not getting a 5 out of 5 is because they’re small and can potentially be injured in a fall or if they’re squeezed too hard, say by a small child. That’s always a concern for any small reptile – honestly any reptile but especially for smaller reptiles. And that’s a concern they share with crested geckos. Something else that they share with crested geckos is the fact that they can drop their tail, which is something I always worry about. But I worry about it a little bit less with gargoyle geckos than I do with crested geckos for one very simple reason: they can grow the tail back. Look at that adorable little micro tail. This goofball… here you can see these two – they’ve never dropped their tails. This gecko has dropped her tail three times. Never when I’ve been handling he. Just every now and then I’ll come and check on her and her enclosure and [bop] tails gone and it’s gonna be new tail time. She usually grows it back. I’ve never seen her get it all the way back before she drops it again. They can regrow the tail but won’t be quite the same. For one thing, they tend to replace the bone inside of it with a rod of cartilage and that means it’s generally not quite as flexible. Though I have found their tails to be pretty flexible still. And in my experience when they regrow their tail, on this particular species and some of the other New Caledonian geckos, it looks very very similar to the original tail. And if it grows long enough it looks pretty convincingly similar to the original tail. One real difference with the tails on these guys versus that the crested geckos is the tail is not nearly as prehensile. Which means they don’t seem to grab stuff with it nearly as much as a crested gecko does. And a crested gecko has a little toe pad,like they have on their toes, at the end of the tail. These guys may have that a little bit but it’s way smaller. Good jump. I was gonna brag about how calm these geckos are and they are pretty calm but they’re being a little bit hyper for me right now. Gargoyle geckos, in my experience, are calmer than most crested geckos. Now, if you watched our crested gecko video, you’ll know that I have one crested gecko that is super duper calm. all of my gargoyle geckos are about as calm as he is. And I really like that about them. So in a lot of ways they’re better to handle than a crested gecko. But they’re not perfect to handle and they’re not perfect to handle because they’re still small, they’re still delicate, and they still could drop that little tail of theirs.
When it comes to care we give these geckos a score of four out of five. They’re gonna need daily maintenance and that is the biggest reason why they don’t get a score of five out of five. One of the main things is you’re going to have to spray them every day morning and evening just enough so that there are water droplets for them to drink. Not so much that it soaks enclosure, certainly not enough that the enclosure stays wet all the time. You want it to dry out in between mistings. Every other day or so you’re going to need to feed them and that’s just something that you have to do in a regular basis. Something you need to keep in mind if you’re gonna go on vacation or something like that. Unlike snakes, which you can arguably leave for a week at a time, you can’t do that with a gargoyle gecko or crested gecko. You’re gonna need someone to come by and feed it and that can be a little bit of a cost. A little bit of a reason why they might not be ideal for you, depending on your lifestyle. They’re going to eat the same kind of food that crested geckos eat. That’s gonna be crested gecko diet and if you don’t know what crested gecko diet is – it’s the greatest thing in the world to feed to a reptile! Because it comes in a bag of powder! And it’ll keep for a long time and you just take a little bit out and you add about the same amount of water to it. In fact, you can vary it up depending on how paste-like you want it to be. But you just add a little water and you kind of stir it together you put it in a little cup and they come and they drink out of it. And in my experience gargoyle geckos eat this even better than crested geckos do even though it’s called crested gecko diet. In my experience gargoyle geckos do not like insect feeders as well as crested geckos do. And I’ve got some crested geckos that will not touch insect feeders but none of my gargoyle geckos will. I know there are gargoyle geckos out there that do eat insect feeders. Mine, even as babies, won’t touch them.
When it comes to hardiness again basically exactly the same as crested geckos. And we give them a score of three out of five. When it comes to handling that’s one of the things that can really hurt them. So if you want to kill a gargoyle gecko, which you don’t, rough handling would be a really fast way to do it. Don’t do that to them, be very careful with them when you handle them. They’re very soft and delicate. Humidity is another thing that can kill them if you’re not giving them enough. If you’re not spraying them daily then they could die of dehydration, after a little while. Not immediately but after a fairly short amount of time. Also, if you’re keeping their enclosure just soaked all the time they could end up getting a respiratory infection which could actually cost them their life as well. Temperature though just like with crested geckos that is the thing that you’re gonna wanna be the most careful with. Because if these geckos get out of say the high 70s into the 80s and 90s – they could die in a very short amount of time. I love that they do so well at room temperature but high temperatures are something that you need to avoid. They do tolerate human mistakes better than a lot of creatures do and I really appreciate that about them. That’s why I would recommend them for a new reptile keeper. You of course need to give them the basic necessities of life, but they can handle a little bit of you figuring things out.
When it comes to availability we give these a three out of five. These are not as available as a crested gecko. You can get them at expos. You can get them from breeders. You can get them online. It’s very rare that you would find them say in a pet shop. Even if you go to a reptile expo you’re gonna see probably 25 crested geckos for every gargoyle gecko they’ve got there. So gargoyle geckos are much less common which can be a really cool thing, right? Because everybody and their dog has a crested gecko but who do you know with gargoyle geckos. They’re just a little bit different. I really like the look of them. They look a little bit different than crested geckos but they’re harder to find. There are lots of great breeders though because they’re just about as easy to breed as crested geckos. Most of them tend to be some sort of brown gray and black. They come in kind of banded colors or striped colors. You can see oranges and reds and yellows on them. There’s a lot of colors out there, and if you’re willing to pay enough you can get some really cool looking gargoyle geckos. In my opinion, even the blandest gargoyle gecko is really neat cuz they’ve got kind of a mossy camouflaged appearance and I really like it. A little bit less variation, a little less variety available in gargoyle geckos, but still a lot. And frankly, they’re so much different looking than crested geckos that even the blandest gargoyle gecko is pretty new different and exciting.
When it comes to upfront costs we give these a five out of five. If you go to a breeder or an expo, which are the main places that you’re gonna be able to find one, you’re gonna find that they’re a little bit more expensive than the cheapest crested geckos you can get. But they’re still not very expensive. The cost of the animal is very very reasonable and I love that about gargoyle geckos. Because even the coolest looking ones out there are gonna be within the reasonable budget for an animal like this. And their enclosure, also, is not going to cost you an arm and a leg. For one thing it doesn’t need any sort of special lighting or heating. They do best at room temperature and so any lights you have in there might only be for if you have live plants in there or if you just want to be able to see them well. But you’ve got to be careful that those lights don’t put off too much heat. So in general, you might be not be using any lights at all and that’s great because that doesn’t cost very much. The enclosure isn’t gonna cost very much. Because, though a bigger enclosure is better, they don’t need a huge enclosure to thrive.
Once again, our overall score for these geckos is a four out of five.They’re fantastic and there’s a good chance it can be the perfect pet for you. As always, we’re grateful that you’ve been here with us. Like and subscribe and we hope to see a real soon.
When it comes to upfront costs… Woop… Good catch, you! These guys may have that a little bit but it’s way smaller. Good jump. Cuz she’s a nut. You all right there? You don’t need to do that. But overall we give gargoyle geckos a score. Here’s gonna be a jump. Good jump. You can always tell, when they put those legs forward [bop]. It’s hoppin’ time!