Giant geckos hatch in Dangerous Creatures exhibit

  • 05 July 2012 | Ann Kunz | Category: Species

A New Caledonian giant gecko hatches

There was a patter of little lizard feet in uShaka Sea World's Dangerous Creatures exhibit on Thursday 5 May when two New Caledonian giant geckos (Rhacodactylus leachianus), the world's largest gecko, emerged from their shells. 

Towards the end of April, the female on display laid two eggs in the ground of the exhibit. Not long afterwards, the herpetologists who care for the animals carefully removed the eggs and placed them in an incubator, where they were kept at a constant temperature of 28 degrees Celsius.

The precious hatchlings will be kept under careful observation in the hospital facility until the veterinarian gives the green light for them to be returned to the display.

These stout geckos, which can grow to 36cm long, are arboreal (tree dwelling) and generally active at night. Unlike other gecko species, they have clawed toes and a grasping tail pad, which helps them cling to tree trunks. 

Their mottled greyish, olive-green and pale brown colouration enables them to camouflage themselves against tree branches where they hunt for prey such as insects, spiders, small frogs and small nesting birds.

This gecko is also capable of making a loud growling sound, which has earned it the title of "the devil in the trees".

Bony fish

There is a great diversity of bony fish species. Some…

Meet our dolphins

Gambit is believed to be the largest bottlenose dolphin in…

Gambit the dolphin – a living legend at 41

A special birthday is being celebrated today at uShaka Sea…

Sardines

Sardines are small silver fish that are also known as…

Mazda Wildlife Fund supports ORI Coral Reef Research

The Mazda Wildlife Fund has supported the Oceanographic Research Institute’s…

uShaka Sea World is celebrating African Penguin Awareness Day on Saturday 8th October 2011

Penguins are our business. We all need healthy oceans to…

Why care about the oceans?

Not many people realise that carbon emissions are harming the…

Eco House opens in February

The Eco House in the aquarium will show you how…