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Leachianus Gecko

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GENERAL INFO

Scientific Name: Rhacodactylus leachianus

Native Habitat: New Caledonia

Lifespan: 15-20 years

Size: 14-17" in length

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DIFFICULTY

Temperament: Can be defensive, known to bite if not regularly handled

Ease of handling: Handling should begin at a young age and be frequent enough to establish trust. They can also drop their tail if stressed. Patience and persistence is key.
Skill level: Intermediate

Activity level: Nocturnal, slow moving.

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ENCLOSURE

Leachies are completely arboreal, it is essential that they are provided a lot of climbing space and surfaces. 24x24x36" should be the minimum enclosure size for an adult. In the wild, leachies can often be found in hollowed trees, so corkbark can simulate this in captivity.

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ENVIRONMENT

Temperature: Ambient temperature should be between 22-27°C.

Lighting: UVB has proven to be beneficial to the health of reptiles, including nocturnal species. A 5.0 UVB strip light is ideal.

Humidity: 65-75%

Substrate: Bioactive soil, coconut husk, coconut fiber.

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ENRICHMENT

Leachies needs plenty of climbing surfaces such as branches, corkbark, vines, and plants.

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DIET

Leachies need a varied diet of roughly 20% insect protein and 80% fruits such as bananas, pears, mangoes, peaches, and berries. Their diet can be supplemented with a small rodent on occasion.

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