New Caledonian Giant Gecko
This is Kahlechi when she was a yearling. She is a New Caledonian Giant Gecko (Rhachodactylus leachianus).
R. leachianus (commonly called leachies) come from the New Caledonian Islands off the eastern coast of Australia, north of New Zealand. This small island has a number of even smaller islands surrounding it and are each highly biologically diverse. Many of the individual islands have their own unique species or local specific characteristics. Our leachie’s heritage is from the tiny Isle of Moro, located southwest of the main island Grande Terre. Leachies are currently known as the largest living gecko in the world. This locale of leachianus is one of the larger of all the locales reaching a size of up to 13 inches.
Like other Rhachodactylus species she is nocturnal, camouflages extremely well, can climb vertical surfaces and has a prehensile tail. Leachies have very loose fitting, soft velvety skin. Once you hold one you will be mesmerized! In captivity they eat a prepared powdered Rhacodactylus gecko diet and insects on occasion. Housing can be rather simple and they typically do well at average room temperatures, not requiring additional heating. When available, leachies can make fascinating, easy to care for pets. If deciding to have a leach of your own be prepared for a long-term pet as they are known to live up to 30 years, possibly more!