More commonly known as the gargoyle gecko, this reptile gets its name from the cranial bumps that give the appearance of horns or ears. Other characteristics of this gecko include a thin tail, which will regenerate if it drops off, thin toe pads, and mite pockets found on the rear legs.
They occur in many colors, including varying shades of greys, browns, white, and orange with varying patterns of blotches and striping. They are commonly captive bred for particular traits.
Gargoyle geckos are nocturnal and arboreal, making their home in scrub forests. The female lays two eggs per clutch which hatch 60-90 days after they are laid.
Gargoyle geckos make interesting terrarium inhabitants. In captivity, these geckos readily accept live foods such as crickets and waxworms. They also will accept fruit mashes, fruit and powdered gecko diet (mixed with water). They should not be fed any kind of baby food, although it was once popular to do so. Rhacodactylus species are relatively new to being kept in homes and there is much still to be learned (special gecko foods can be purchased from companies such as Repashy and T-rex). Males should be housed separately or as a part of a breeding pair or trio with females. Males housed together will often fight. Females are social and can be housed together. Young geckos also should be housed apart because they can be aggressive toward their cage mates