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Gargoyle Geckos Book
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    The Long awaited Gargoyle Gecko Book is finally in stock and ready to ship.

    155 Pages and hundreds of color photo's.

     

    Philippe de Vosjoli, Allen Repashy, Frank Fast

    Introduction
    As our original work on the care of New Caledonian geckos,
    Rhacodactylus, was nearing being sold out, we decided that the first
    in the four-volume updated 600-page replacement set would focus
    on gargoyle geckos. The question that came to our minds was how
    can a species with so many great qualities still be so poorly known
    and under marketed? Gargoyle geckos achieve a substantial size,
    are relatively calm and handleable pets, are probably the easiest to
    maintain of all the reptiles, and come in a great variety of color and
    patterns as well as some variation in form. This book represents our
    endeavor to rectify this situation.
    Gargoyle  geckos  (Rhacodactylus  auriculatus)  were  the  first
    members  of  the  genus  Rhacodactylus to  become  available  to
    hobbyists. Europeans first acquired them in the late 1970s. The first
    captive-bred offspring reached the US by the mid-80s and they were
    first bred in the US by Tim Tytle in 1987. The first ones imported
    were of the classic reticulated type with tan and brown colors.
    Limited  availability  and  consequently  exposure  to  the  public
    repressed their potential popularity. Another factor was timing.
    They appeared on the herp scene at a dynamic period when a
    variety  of  bright-colored  species  with  more  obvious  financial
    potential (Malagasy day geckos and chameleons, bearded dragons,
    and blue tongue skinks) became available. Then in 1995, crested
    geckos and other Rhacodactylusentered the market, again diverting
    attention away from the comparatively drab gargoyle geckos. It
    wasn’t until the increased availability of bold-colored orange-striped
    and orange-blotched gargoyle geckos in the late 90s and early 2000s
    that a few gecko specialists started focusing on this species. These
    pioneer hobbyists realized this was a lizard that could become bright
    orange or red, possibly the brightest orange/red lizard in the world,
    and they put effort into selective breeding to increase the amount
    of those colors. Author Allen Repashy was the first to strive toward
    commercial-scale production of this species, acquiring a diverse
    gene  pool  from  both  European  and  American  hobbyists.  An
    examination of his collection and others, a total of over a thousand
    animals, led us to conclude that the gargoyle gecko was a lizard that
    could also become bright pink, bright white, mostly black, or bright
    yellow. Its eye color could range from a bluish white to near black.
    It turned out that gargoyle geckos display the greatest variation in
    color and pattern of any lizard species, their potential for designer
    breeding of living art nearly unlimited. Of course, a reptile may
    display beautiful coloration but, like many of the snakes, remain
    concealed for such extended periods of time that the enjoyment of
    keeping and observing it becomes a very limited experience. This
    is not the case with gargoyle geckos. Although primarily active at
    night, they commonly rest exposed on branches or in foliage during
    the day. This feature makes them outstanding display animals in
    naturalistic vivariums for both hobbyists and zoological institutions.

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