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  Eurydactylodes agricolae

Eurydactylodes agricolae
Scientific Name: Eurydactylodes agricolae

Habitat/Distribution: These geckos are found on the islands of New Caledonia and Koumac where they usually hang out around 3-6 feet above the ground in dense forest and high humidity.

Size: These geckos are relatively small, females are usually bigger than males, but still rarely get over 6 inches. My biggest female weighs 13 grams, and most my males only reach 5-6 grams.

Housing: Housing these geckos is similar to Crested geckos, just these geckos seem to like more vines. I house single adults in large kritter keepers, and breeding pairs in cages measuring 12x12x18 (LxWxH). As for décor I give mine vines, they prefer ones they can fully grasp as opposed to a few big ones. I also give them some fake plastic plants. My breeders also like live ficus trees. For substrate I use paper towel just as it easier to keep things clean, though peat moss or coco fiber would be fine, and if you wanted to go all out you could plant some pothos or ficus plants and put in some monkey ladder vine. Though if you do this it will be really hard to find eggs, as they are about the size of tic-tacs.

Water: I just mist mine 1-2 times a day and mine do fine. I never noticed mine drink from a water bowl so don't think it is necessary.

Eurydactylodes agricolae
Feeding: I feed mine just the same as the Rhacodactylus, mine eat CGD, Clarks diet, crickets, and roaches. Mine prefer smaller insects as opposed to bigger ones, My adults don't do for anything over ½ inch, but usually I feed ¼ inch insects. I also dust all feeder insects in a 50/50 mix or Miner-all calcium powder and Rep-Cal Herpitivite.

Temperatures: I keep mine in the same room as the Bavayia and Rhacodactylus, they do well at room temperature (72-80). For breeding I give mine a slight cool down and keep temps between 68-70 during the day. I have heard from other breeders that they have observed there geckos basking in hot spots as hot as 90, though I have not experimented with this so I can't verify this.

Lighting: While these geckos are nocturnal, they are pretty active during the day. Therefore I do provide mine with UVA/UVB lighting. From my observations they tend to stay greener with the UV. Though I know breeders that don't provide UV and theirs produce fine, so I don't think it is totally necessary, I just like it when they are green :-)

Sexing:
These geckos are pretty easy to sex, males develop a large hemi-penal buldge at the vent area, while females don't. Pretty much like Rhacodactylus and Bavayia.

Eurydactylodes agricolae hatchling

Breeding: I initiate breeding the same way I do the Bavayia and Rhacodactylus. I first give them a slight cool down, see temperatures. After the cool down I place them together (I house mine in pairs) and bring them back up to normal temperatures. This species seems to mate very readily, but they can sometimes be weird about laying eggs. I have had females lay well one year then the next year they will lay randomly. Or they will lay two clutches about a month apart from each other then they will go 3-4 months and not lay anything. I provide mine a lay box, that measures 6x4x3 (LxWxD). I fill the lay box with a 50:50 mix of coco fiber and peat moss so it is about 2-2.5 inches deep.

Incubation: I incubate mine in damp perlite at 72-78 degrees. Mine usually hatch around 70-85 days between these temperatures.

Juvenile Care: I house my babies in small kritter keepers and keep them just the same as the adults just on a smaller scale. I also feed them just the same as the adults, just in smaller proportions.

Defense: This species can secrete a sticky substance from their tail.

Conclusion: These geckos are so unique and funny to watch, they are one of my favorite species!! If you keep Rhacodactylus or Bavayia you should really look into getting some of these.

                       

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