Crested Geckos

The Crested Gecko, Rhacodactylus ciliatus, is a species of gecko native to southern New Caledonia thought extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994. An arboreal species preferring to inhabit the canopy of the New Caledonian rainforests, they are primarily nocturnal, and will generally spend the daylight hours sleeping in a secure hide close to, or on the ground.

With hair-like projections found above the eyes, resembling eyelashes, it has a wedge shaped head and a crest that runs from each eye to the tail. The toes and the tip of the tail are covered in small hairs called setae. The Crested Gecko will not regrow its tail once lost, but the loss of their tail is not problematic, and most adults in the wild do not have their tails.




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