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    For some time now, I've been searching for a gecko that resembles the rhacodactylus geckos in terms of lifestyle (arboreal), and habitat (humid rainforest), but have yet to find anything that was made for hotter environments. Does anyone here know of something that essentially fits the bill for what I'm looking for? The main reason I ask is because the environment I live in is prone to having power-cutting hurricanes come through during the summer time (when it's already 90+ F & 90% + humidity.)

    Edit: I've read about the heat-tolerance of gargoyle geckos & leachianus geckos, supposedly they will utilize 85 F heat sources when provided - would this potentially relate to an improved tolerance (or even preference) for warmth, or would this not really be relevant for what I'm looking for?

    If there are no geckos which match this description, I'll accept the possibility of any lizard that grows to be about 12 in (30 cm) in length which matches what I'm looking for in terms of disposition & habitat.

    This reptile doesn't necessarily have to be shoulder-pet tame, just something that would eventually tolerate being gently picked up.
    Last edited by Jheuloh; 03-06-2010, 08:44 PM.
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  • #2
    Well when you get into the warmer climate geckos, you loose out on the personality. Tokays for instance would fit the bill.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by thongwedgie View Post
      Well when you get into the warmer climate geckos, you loose out on the personality. Tokays for instance would fit the bill.
      Tokays have TONS of personality! Generally bad!
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      • #4
        Tameness isn't too huge an ordeal for me, just as long as the creature in question can learn being gently picked up isn't equatable to death from above. I'm hardly looking for a pet that I can bring with me around my home while it hangs out on my shoulder.

        Edit: I got to see some of that fine tokay personality myself, when I was in a pet-store. Asked the reptile specialist there about just how bad are tokays about hissing, and he demonstrated for me. The geckos all hissed at him before he even got close to em'. :baffled2:
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        • #5
          Gehyra marginata are very cool, and are quite frugivorous like rhacs.

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          • #6
            You CAN tame a tokay, I've seen it, lol.
            You can tame giant day geckos, too, but their skin is so fragile it's not the best idea to handle them a lot.
            If that's your primary criteria, though, perhaps you should consider non-geckos as well.
            Green water dragons--though they grow quite a bit larger and like a water tub to swim in.
            Again, if size isn't a tremendous issue, consider a monkey-tailed skink. They are herbivorous, and can be quite friendly. Frilled dragons are also in that size range.

            If you insist on something smaller, the warmer-climate smaller lizards tend to be more fast and nervous, so it could be a challenge.
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            • #7
              Look into Cyrtodactylus
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              • #8
                hey,
                this might work,Gehyra marginata, my female has a very health appetite and is growing around 1 1/2 in. per month.she's very calm, but you still don't want to grab them hard,so not to damage their thin skin.


                Joe M.
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                1.4. Frilled Dragons, 4.5.0.15 Bearded Dragons, 1.4.31.24 Crested Geckos, 1.4.0.2 Halmahera Giant Geckos (marginata), 1.1. Gargoyle Geckos, 3.8.6.4 Leopard Geckos, 1.5.1.20 Chinese Cave Geckos, 2.1.2.4 Fat-Tail Geckos, 1.1. Mossy LeafTail Gecko's, 0.1 Henkeli LeafTail Gecko, 0.3. African Banded Velvet Gecko's, 0.0.2 Madagascan Giant Day Gecko's, 1.0. Veiled Chameleons, .1.1. Cyrtodactylus irianjayaensis 1.1. Cyrtodactylus intermedius 1.4.Tibetan Frog-Eyed Gecko's

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Matthew Parks View Post
                  Gehyra marginata are very cool, and are quite frugivorous like rhacs.
                  Originally posted by dragonslare View Post
                  hey,
                  this might work,Gehyra marginata, my female has a very health appetite and is growing around 1 1/2 in. per month.she's very calm, but you still don't want to grab them hard,so not to damage their thin skin.


                  Joe M.
                  I third this, lol. They like it warmer than cresteds, but not too warm. My boy is thriving in 80-85 degree day temps via under tank heater, and 70 degree nighttime temps. I feed him crested gecko diet every other day, and dubia roach nymphs once or twice a week. He is fast, skittish, but is by no means unhandleable. He calms down like a relaxed crested gecko after a few minutes.

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                  • #10
                    where can you get these little cuties? any online sites? my house gets really warm also. . .
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Blackbird View Post
                      where can you get these little cuties? any online sites? my house gets really warm also. . .
                      hey,
                      I'm not sure for your area,they show up at the monthly expo ,where I sell my Dragons that I breed, here in N.Illinois. From time to time I'll look at the wholesaler I've gotten lizards from when I'm low on my own items (Like right now),I just checked their current list, and all I see are Halmahera Geckos, I'm hoping to place a order early next week for more White-Lined and Chinese Cave Gecko,along with a few others,I will spend a little more time reading about these Halmahera's.I haven't seen these Gehyra marginata on their lists lately.

                      Joe M.
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                      1.4. Frilled Dragons, 4.5.0.15 Bearded Dragons, 1.4.31.24 Crested Geckos, 1.4.0.2 Halmahera Giant Geckos (marginata), 1.1. Gargoyle Geckos, 3.8.6.4 Leopard Geckos, 1.5.1.20 Chinese Cave Geckos, 2.1.2.4 Fat-Tail Geckos, 1.1. Mossy LeafTail Gecko's, 0.1 Henkeli LeafTail Gecko, 0.3. African Banded Velvet Gecko's, 0.0.2 Madagascan Giant Day Gecko's, 1.0. Veiled Chameleons, .1.1. Cyrtodactylus irianjayaensis 1.1. Cyrtodactylus intermedius 1.4.Tibetan Frog-Eyed Gecko's

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                      • #12
                        I got mine from a person here on Pangea, but he was the only one she had. You can find them at reptile expos occasionally, and online. The kingsnake.com classifieds have had a couple here and there over the past year, and the fauna board classifieds have had one or two.
                        ~Rami | Nova Reptiles | iHerp | Facebook
                        7.17.6.7 Crested geckos, 1.1 mix leachies, 1.1 Halmaheras, 1.1 African Fat Tails, 1.2 Tokays, 1.1 Oedura castelnaui, 2.1 Leopard geckos, 0.1 corn snake, & too many feeder bugs.

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                        • #13
                          Contact Matt, I know he was breeding them. He had some nice ones that I saw at the Taylor show a while back. They were showing a lot of yellow. Good luck.

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