For Sale: Unsexed Crested Gecko – Pillow

Flame crested gecko baby with some side patterning and portholes.
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Flame crested gecko baby with some side patterning and portholes.
Flame crested gecko baby with some side patterning and portholes.
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Flame crested gecko baby with some side patterning and portholes.
Flame crested gecko baby with some side patterning and portholes.
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Flame crested gecko baby with some side patterning and portholes.
 
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SOLD: $65

Pillow is an unsexed flame from Abraxas X Li’l Piggins in our Dark Pinstripe project that didn’t really get much in the way of pinning. Hatched 6/9/2011 and weighs 2.8 grams as of 1/14/2012.

For Sale: Adult Female Crested Gecko – Pocket

Pocket - Patternless buckskin adult female crested gecko from moonvalleyreptiles.com
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Pocket - Patternless buckskin adult female crested gecko from moonvalleyreptiles.com
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Pocket - Patternless buckskin adult female crested gecko from moonvalleyreptiles.com
 

SOLD: $100

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Pocket is a pet store gecko, one of the first we bought when we started our hobby. Although she’s a nice gecko with a good personality, she doesn’t fit our current projects. Pocket is a buckskin that sometimes looks olive and even a deep maroon tint on rare occasions. She is 36 grams as of 2/7/2012.

For Sale: Adult Male Crested Gecko – Watchy

Watchy - Patternless orange adult male crested gecko from moonvalleyreptiles.com
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Watchy - Patternless orange adult male crested gecko from moonvalleyreptiles.com
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Price: $45.00 Out of stock

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Watchy is a very sweet gecko that came to us missing toes on his back left foot. He’s originally from a chain pet store, unsure of which one. He also has a nipped tail and in some pictures, looks like he could be developing floppy (FTS). So although he’s cosmetically challenged, he would make a wonderful pet. He gets his name because he loves to watch people… and look at his face! Fires up a nice burnt orange color.

For Sale: Unsexed Crested Gecko – Sacagawea

Sacagawea - Unsexed *full* pinstripe crested gecko from moonvalleyreptiles.com
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SOLD: $150

Sacagawea is a full pinstripe from our Dark Pinstripe project, offspring of Abraxas X Sienna. Very creamy dorsal, color is hard to capture. Although reminiscent of Sienna’s earthy reddish brown, this gecko may go light or dark in color. Hatched 11/04/2011 at 1.6 grams. 2.0 grams as of 1/14/2012.

For Sale: Unsexed Crested Gecko – Whatsabeiber

Whatsabeiber - Possible olive with dalmatian spots from orange sire and olive dam from moonvalleyreptiles.com
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Whatsabeiber is a baby from Watchy X Watchy 2, an orange sire and olive dam. The color on this one may be olive, buckskin, and possibly orange with time. Patternless or possibly tiger morph. Getting a lot of dalmatian spots! Hatched 6/6/2011 and weighs 3.4 as of 1/29/2012.

For Sale: Unsexed Crested Gecko – Zanzibar

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Zanzibar is a 2011 offspring of El Tigre & Zest from our Yellow Tiger project. Zanzi should get more yellow with time, already showing nice tiger pattern. This crested gecko baby is unsexed. Hatch date is 8/12/2011 and weight is 2.7 as of 1/10/2012.

For Sale: Unsexed Crested Gecko – Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe is a 2011 offspring of El Tigre & Zest from our Yellow Tiger project. Should get more yellow with time. This crested gecko baby is unsexed. Hatch date is 8/12/2011 and weight is 2.4 as of 1/10/2012.

Highlights from 2011 Gecko Symposium

Philippe de Vosjoli and Allen Repashy were at the 2011 Gecko Symposium (August 19, 2011) to talk about Rhacodactylus leachianus and R. chahoua in the wild and in captivity. They provided a wealth of information on these two species, which is summarized here. Be sure to watch the video provided by Exo-Terra, who hosted the conference, to get full details!

Video link: Allen Repashy & Philippe de Vosjoli – The Geckos of New Caledonia

Philippe de Vosjoli

Types & Timelines

Leachies were first collected in mid 1980s by Harold Meyer, followed by Willy Henkel & Seipp (late 80s) and Frank Fast (1992) and Philippe Vosjoli (1994). Grand Terre and offshore animals not recorded by island distinction or locality for the first few years. Philippe started recording island and GT locale. Europe did not have such designations and populations were mixed. Distinctions are now made among ecotype (tied to locale) and morphotype (Dark form vs Light Form). However, all leachies are considered one species based on Aaron Bauer’s DNA studies.

Speaking of Bauer’s work, it’s probable that chahoua may be removed from Rhacodactylus genus designation and instead be placed under Eurydactylodes, another New Caledonian genus. Additionally, chahoua may be split up into three separate species. Until the work is released, however, it is uncertain if these designations will follow the phenotypic distinctions seen in captive herpetoculture. Much less is known about chahoua in the wild than leachies, information which iso in itself limited. Therefor, keeping and breeding chahoua is often fraught with difficulties and misinformation due to confusion of these multiple species.

Three types of chahoua:

  • “Mainland” form: Tim Tytle/Harold Meyer line, the oldest in captivity. Large eyes, short snouts (distance from eyeball to tip of snout). Red & green pattern, some brown, white speckling.
  • “Isle of Pines” form: collected later by Philippe & Frank. Greens, greys, whites, white collars, yellow bellies; smaller eyes, longer snout
  • Troeger line form: Henkel collected these, Michael Troeger developed the line in Europe. Slender build, appears similar to mainland.

The distribution and overlap of chahoua is pretty wide and we don’t know each locale, nor do we know the lineages of all in captivity. Accordingly, the Troeger mainland line of chahoua is similar to PI in some ways according to snout length, which Aaron confirms in a southern population of GT. Known hybrids between these locales display features of both as well: longer snouts but with large eyes, speckling, marbled patterns.

There could have been quite a lot of mixing between these existing lines that we may never figure out. It is “a mess”. In order to straighten it out in herpetoculture, Philippe proposed a set of standards for both leachianus and chahoua using “points”. Identified features in each variant should be determined. If a gecko matches these defined standards, it is considered to be that ecotype/morphotype, regardless of believed lineage. In this way, these types can be bred for in the future and be distinctly maintained in captivity. It should be noted that variation can be caused by captivity, such as improved diet and selective breeding.

Leachianus Info

To maximize growth in captivity: raise singly, 80-85 degrees, constant food supply without seasonal variation. MUST have well-balanced food with high temps; metabolic processes when fed babyfood results in fast growth without calcium reserves leading to calcium crashes among females shelling eggs during reproduction. Females pause growth during reproduction, while males grow continuously. Leachies are long lived reptiles, living to at least 35, with a breeding span of about 20 years. False olive trees are main or only source of fruit for island specimens, possibly resulting in smaller size in the wild. In captivity, island leachies reach a larger size than any collected in the field, often with longer tails and longer snouts.

Pair compatibility

Leachianus evolved a “parrot-like” behavior. Evidence of at least temporary pair bonds considered unusual in reptiles.

On introduction, the male may be challenged by the female to test his vigor; bigger males usually accepted better. Females and males clasp jaws to test the strength of the male. Some pairs may cohabit peacefully but not mate – social compatibly vs low sexual interest. Incompatible pairs will result in dominant animal taking position at the top of the cage, with the other at the bottom, often beat up. Usually it is the males who end up beaten up; females really looking for best mate possible. Males often have lost tails as a result of being rejected.

Compatible leachianus pairs hang out together in the cage. In the wild, pairs occupy tree hollows and eggs are laid in a separate branch of the tree. Sexual activity and reproduction may decrease after a few years; separation and reintroduction can improve this but a different pairing may be necessary.

Less is known in the wild about chahoua; in captivity there is a chance of males killing females if they are not compatible.

Breeding Management

Because of issues with incompatibility, pairs and their eggs should be monitored to maximize breeding success. Check out compatibility and condition of eggs and then play around with different pairings if you want to improve egg production. Allen Repashy’s way of managing pairs is to raise them together once sexable – a practice not everyone agrees with, but appears to be working for him.

With chahoua, along with compatibility issues and egg quality, quick removal of eggs from the tank is important as the females tend to deposit eggs in less-than-ideal spots. Fetch them within 8 hours for best results. Chahoua eggs are often highly calcified and harder than other Rhac eggs (MVR side note: another factor that separates them from Rhacodactylus genus designation).

Record keeping is crucial for successful breeding!

Be sure to watch the video, there’s a lot of great information and specific details not recorded here, including lots of pictures. While we weren’t able to attend, we found this video very informative for those interested in Rhacodactylus in general and a must for those looking to expand their collection with leachies and/or chewies!

For Sale: Adult Female Crested Gecko – Watchy 2

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Watchy 2 is a proven olive female, with a very faint pattern when she fires up. Proven. Weight is 41.5g as of 12/20/2011.