Complete Rhacodactylus Source
R. leachianus – New Caledonian giant gecko
Leachianus geckos, or “Leachies” are known to be the largest arboreal species of gecko from New Caledonia, found hiding among the bark of the lush tropical rainforest. They are much like Crested Geckos which are also found on the same islands. These geckos have a similar feel to their skin like the Crested Geckos. Leachies have a beautiful, cryptic color range of greens and browns to blend in perfectly with their surroundings. This is one unique adaptation they utilize in their life to avoid predation or to hunt.
Being crepuscular they are active mostly at dusk/nighttime and use that time to hunt and forage for their main diet of fallen fruits, small birds, rodents and other geckos.
These geckos typically reach a length of 14-20+ inches. Some of the larger localities of leachies are a representation of “Island Gigantism.” These geckos are known to live well past the age of 40 years. They are an active, intelligent, full of personality gecko for the wanting enthusiast.
Grande Terre Geckos (Mainland)
Insular Geckos (Offshore)
R. Leachianus: Goro
Leapin’ Leachies is proud to introduce a new “TYPE” locality of Grand Terre Rhacodactylus leachianus to the herpetoculturist hobby. We are calling this form Goro, Which represents a town most closely affiliated with the area where the foundation stock was originally collected back in the mid 90’s. After a lot of patience, a small breeding colony was established by a colleague of ours in Europe, These were shared with Frank and I and we are are now able to offer but a few animals. As most of you know Frank and I are meticulous with researching, record keeping, documenting and exhausting every detail possible to verify all of our reference material. Goro is an amazing form, and we will let the pictures speak for themselves.
R. Leachianus: Poindimié
These enormous mainland geckos are are one of the largest recognized forms of Leachianus. They have elongated heads, with a very long tail and a total length up to fifteen inches or more. Animals over 400 grams are not unheard of. Usual colors are deep olive greens with little or no white markings to completely black. Markings can be thin white lines or rows of lighter spots along the sides of the animal, and yellow spotting or markings are not uncommon in mature animals.
R. Leachianus: Yaté
The Giant geckos living in the Yaté region of Grande Terre tend to have brown or sometimes golden yellow backgrounds.
Markings can be simple thin, broken white lines, or white dots arranged along the sides. Black patterns can sometimes be seen along the length of some specimens in a net-like appearance.
Along with Poindimie, Yate Leachianus are another of the largest forms of these geckos with elongated heads and long tails. Large specimens can reach 400 grams or more.
R. Leachianus: Mt. Humboldt
Animals coming from the Mt. Humboldt area of Grande Terre can be quite variable as pictured to the right. They most commonly tend to have an olive-green background with brown markings and white blotches along the sides that are typically in the form of spots rather than solid bars, which can show characteristics of forms found to the north (Poindimié) and to the south (Yaté). The distance between the eyes is narrow in comparison to Yate and their shorter snout can appear almost beak-like. To date, the largest captive animal from this locale is 420 grams with variable background coloration.
R. Leachianus: Mt. Koghis
These well-known geckos from the Mt. Koghis region of Grande Terre range in base color from olive green with browns all the way to jet black. Blotches appear in rows along the sides and can be as wide as some of the offshore Leachies. Dark black lines can be seen along the sides of these geckos faces, and some are seen with a white throat. These animals are typically quite bulky, with individuals reaching well into the 300 gram range. Best known for the enlarged scales along the bridge of the snout that dwarf the adjacent scales below.
R. Leachianus: Isle of Pines
R. Leachianus: Bayonnaise (Isle C)
R. Leachianus: Brosse (Isle D)
These large robust geckos coming from the Isle of Brosse are very attractive with a reticulated iris. They have a pale-yellowish background with distinct blotching ranging from white to peppered white with pink and purple highlights.
One unique factor of this island morph is diagonal blotches along the side of the neck, sometimes appearing like a complete stripe, hence the term stripe-neck Leachianus.
R. Leachianus: Moro (Isle E)
The Isle of Moro that is located west of the Isle of Pines is covered with short forests that are inhabited by another of the largest insular morphs.
These larger geckos (up to 12 or 13 inches) are lime green or yellow in color, with vivid banding from peppered white to peach or pink.
Best known for their squared off snout with a prominent ridge from the eye to the nose.
R. Leachianus: Nuu Ana (Isle G)
These robust geckos from Nuu Ana are the smallest-sized locale available to date. With an almost dwarf-like appearance, they have short, stumpy legs and a broad head.
Their lime-yellow background is covered with crisp, peppered white or pink blotches and individuals can develop yellow spots when reaching maturity.
The eyes of this morph are mostly white with very little reticulation. Individuals are commonly seen with a tilted iris
R. Leachianus: Nuu Ami (Isle H)
Giant geckos from Nuu Ami can be quite variable as well as colorful. Base colors are greenish-brown mottling, with patterns that can range from small white to large fuzzy-pink blotches. Quite a few of these are seen with a “W” shape along the mid dorsal area.
Some of these animals have the potential to display a “snowflake” pattern. With age these geckos develop yellow spotting and some even develop red blotches. Their eyes are usually gray with a reticulated iris.
R. Leachianus: Duu Ana (Isle I)
Leachies from the Isle of Duu Ana are best known for their diet. Due to the lack of fruit trees on their small island, it is theorized that these geckos might primarily eat crabs.
This locale has small, insular-type torsos with the head and legs reminiscent of a Grande Terre.
These giant geckos commonly have a brown to greenish background, with crisp white, heavy-peppered blotches. Their silver eyes are seen with little to no reticulation.
R. Leachianus: Caanawa (Isle K)
Geckos from the Isle of Caanawa are a large robust gecko with thick legs and trunk. The picture of the females to the right shows the possible variations of these animals.
Animals from this locale can almost have a hypnotic appearance, and can change color quite rapidly. They commonly display dark brown backgrounds with fuzzy-edged markings.
The blotching can vary from white to purple with heavy peppering. The variability of these geckos makes this one of our favorite locales.