Discover The Slender Prehensile-Tailed Gecko

The Slender Prehensile-Tailed Gecko, Correlophus sarasinorum, (formerly Rhacodactylus sarasinorum) commonly referred to as “saras” is one of the least common of the genus in collections. A somewhat nervous gecko this species can make a great display animal or pet if properly handled and tamed.

Distribution
Southern region of New Caledonia (Grande Terre). This species is arboreal and found at ground level reaching thirty to fourty-five feet in the canopy.

Description
Of the naturally occurring morphs there is patternless, mottled and collared or white-spotted. All of the morphs can have varying shades of brown.

Sexing
Mature males develop a postanal hemipenile bulge and preanal pores.

Longevity
This species is still fairly uncommon in hobbyist collections and we believe the life expectancy in captivity should be similar to the other geckos of the genus.

Temperature
Much the same as other geckos of the genus a temperature range of 70F to 80F is adequate. Do not allow the temperature to fall below 65F or above 85F.

Humidity
Humidity should be between 60-80% with a proper humidity cycle. Allow the enclosure to dry out for a period during the day. Depending on the ventilation of the enclosure you may need to mist up to twice a day. With our partial screen enclosures we mist in the morning and once at night. In a rack system misting once a day is adequate. Also, the amount of misting is varied for geographic region. If you live in a region with low humidity then you will need to mist the enclosure more frequently than in a Mediterranean climate.

Diet
Correlophus sarasinorum is an frugivorous species feeding on insects, fruit and nectar. Saras will eat as voraciously as Crested Geckos so offer a diet of a commercially available meal replacement three days a week leaving the food in the enclosure until the following feeding and offer feeder insects one to two times a week. Be sure to dust crickets with a Calcium powder that has vitamin D3 since this species is nocturnal and does not benefit from full-spectrum lighting.

Baby food is not a staple diet and leads to Metabolic Bone Disease. I highly recommend against feeding babyfood to any frugivorous species and instead using a formulated meal replacement powder such as Repashy Superfoods Crested Gecko Diet.

Housing
Since this is a arboreal species a vertical rather than horizontal enclosure is recommended. You can house saras the same as the other geckos of the genus. Hatchlings to Juveniles are recommended to be on paper towel due to the potential of ingesting the substrate while hunting for live prey. Below are the recommended enclosures.

  • Hatchling: A five gallon enclosure.
  • Juvenile: A ten gallon enclosure.
  • Adult: A twenty gallon enclosure.

Breeding
This species can be housed in a harem with one male and up to three females. We recommend a brumation period to induce breeding.

Incubation We only recommend SuperHatch as an incubation medium. Temperatures should be regulated between 72F and 80F. Temperature Sexed Determination is unknown at this time and requires further research. The greater the incubation temperature the shorter the incubation time, and lower the incubation temperature the longer the duration. The longer the duration the larger, healthier the hatchling will be.

Juvenile Care We house single hatchlings in a small Kritter Keeper until they reach 10 grams in weight and at that point move them into 10 gallon enclosures up until adult size. I keep the same feeding schedule for hatchlings as I do Adults with the only difference being the amount of food offered is slightly less.

Note These geckos can be very flighty and hand walking to tame the gecko is recommended. To do this be sure to be low to the ground and place one hand in front of the other enticing the gecko to jump from hand to hand or walking from one to the other. Much like Chahoua this species is less apt to release their tail but care should still be given when handling to prevent this defense mechanism.

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