These reptiles are currently only available in our Stockport, Fort Kinnaird and New Malden stores. Please contact these stores directly to check for availability before travelling.
Gargoyle Geckos are relatively easy lizards to keep and make great pets for older children and adults. They are ideal for people who do not want to feed live food as they can be kept on powdered foods mixed with water or suitable pureed fruits. Although nocturnal they will become active when the main room or vivarium lights are off in the evening. Smaller geckos can be delicate so younger children must be supervised when handling them but once they are accustomed to you they are easy to handle. In fact rough handling can sometimes cause the gecko to shed its tail which it would do naturally in the wild if attacked by a predator. Fortunately this is rare, but the tail will not grow back. Gargoyle geckos live for about 10-14 years. They do not get too big, with a maximum size of 17 to 20cm.
Males will sometimes call, making almost a quacking or squeaking noise, especially if they are courting a female. They are nocturnal and can sometimes make quite a bit of noise moving through foliage late at night so may not be suitable for a bedroom.
Gargoyle Geckos do not have the same needs for company as many mammals and will be quite happy on their own. It is usually not possible to sex them when they are very small but older juvenile male Gargoyle geckos can be sexed by looking for a row of pores along the underside of the gecko, just above the vent and along the thighs. Some geckos may take longer to develop these than others but sexing from 8-12 months old is usually non-problematic. When they mature adult males will fight and will need to be separated. Females will usually live happily together in a very spacious vivarium.
A healthy Gargoyle Gecko will be alert and searching for food during the night.
All vets have a basic understanding of reptiles but those with a specialist interest are worth seeking out. Insurance against unexpected veterinary costs is available in just the same way as it is for cats and dogs.If your pet shows any signs of being unwell contact your vet as soon as possible.