Rhacodactylus Books, Magazines & Articles

The popularity of a species is evident through it’s number of print publications. Over the course of the past sixteen years there have been many publications with information from the organization of the Rhacodactylus, Correlophus and Mniarogekko genus to the husbandry and breeding practices of the most involved breeders and hobbyists. A lot of the publications are out of print or thankfully have been reprinted. Some in this list will be hard to find. This is an organization of all the literature I have in my collection and based solely on opinion.

Rhacodactylus: The Complete Guide to their Selection and CareRhacodactylus: The Complete Guide to their Selection and Care
Title: Rhacodactylus: The Complete Guide to their Selection and Care
Author: Philippe de Vosjoli, Frank Fast and Allen Repashy
Published: October 2003
Paperback: 296 pages and 250 color photographs
Publisher: Advanced Visions Inc.
Written by three of the most influential authors of the reptile community. Philippe de Vosjoli owns the publishing company, founded the magazine The Vivarium and owns giantgeckos.com. Allen Repashy has the largest collection of Rhacodactylus geckos in the world, owns Sunfire Dragon Ranch and T-Rex. Allen developed the most widely used Superfoods diet for the Rhacodactylus species. Frank Fast had multiple expeditions to New Caledonia and collected a number of giant geckos as well as rough-snouted geckos which produce offspring each year. There are many contributors to the book, which names are well known in the industry such as Kevin Dunne (Dragons Den Herpetoculture), Noe Perez (Noah’s Boas), Richard Spekner (Pet’acular Exotics), and Philip Tremper (Tremper’s Lizard Ranch). Photography contributors include Bill Love (Blue Chameleon Photography) and David Northcott (Nature’s Lens) Almost 300 pages of information regarding the care and husbandry of Crested Geckos, Chahoua, Gargoyle Geckos, Giant Geckos, Rough-Snouted Geckos and Sarasinorum. It is the most comprehensive book on the species to date. The leachianus section is broken down into two sections for Grande Terre and Henkeli with detailed information and pictures of all the different localities including Allen Repashy’s Snowflake line and information regarding sex determination with macro lens photographs. It is without question why the community refers to this book as the “Rhac Bible”.

Rhacodactylus Biology, Natural History & HusbandryRhacodactylus Biology, Natural History and Husbandry
Author: Seipp, R. and F. W. Henkel
Published: 2000
Hard Cover: 172 pages, 97 pictures, plus illustrations
Publisher: Serpent’s Tale
Originally published in Germany this was the first book available in the United States for the Rhacodactylus species. Written by two of the most established authors from Europe. You will find that this book provides more basic information such as tree top elevation chart for dark morph, henkeli, and the different species comprised in the genus, temperature sex determination, climate of different localities, and localities for the different species. For the leachianus section there is basic information on the dark morph of Grande Terre and Henkeli found on Pine Island. A great picture of a hatchling revealing the egg tooth is also in the Grande Terre section. A basic book with a very different approach than that of the previous book by Repashy, de Vosjoli and Fast but a must have for any Rhacodatylus enthusiast.

Part 2 of a two part article featured in The Vivarium Magazine.Great Tales Of the Mad Gecko Hunters, Part 2
Author: Philippe de Vosjoli
Published: Volume 8 Number 2
Magazine: 6 pages and 13 color photographs
Publication: Vivarium Magazine
Travel along with Philippe de Vosjoli and Frank Fast on the very first endeavor to New Caledonia and the satellite islands. One of the very first trips, so early that the islands were not given names. One of the most humorous articles I have read. Reading this piece now hints at what specimens were collected and from where. R. leachianus leachianus, R. leachianus henkeli and even trachyrhynchus are noted in the article. Some interesting occurrences they came across like the close relation of the leachianus and trachyrhynchus, the elevation and easy access to the trees. This article is an informational time capsule allowing the reader to see how the Rhacodactylus species made it’s way to the reptile hobby.

Reptiles Magazine June 2009Island Giants – Your guide to the New Caledonian giant gecko.
Author: Stephen Cemelli
Published: May 2009
Publication: Reptiles Magazine
Stephen Cemelli, one of the most widely known breeders in the hobby specializing in Rhacodactylus leachianus wrote an in depth look into the care, social habits and breeding (bonus content) of these giant geckos. You can find his full article on his website www.leapinleachies.com or the May 2009 edition of Reptiles Magazine.


Reptiles Magazine August 2010Unusual Beaty. Breeding the live bearing rough-snouted gecko.
Author: Richard Spekner
Published: August 2010
Magazine: 6 pages and 9 photos.
Publication: Reptiles Magazine
Get behind the scenes with Richard Spekner as he shares tips on the care and breeding of the live bearing Rhacodactylus trachyrhynchus. A picture of his breeding facility and the fascinating leucistic form of the lesser rough-snouted gecko (R. trachycephalus) are a rare sight. Find out how he came to be the largest (U.S.) producer of this species in the August 2010 magazine.



Reptiles Magazine August 2010Gargoyle Geckos
Author: Philippe de Vosjoli, Allen Repashy, Frank Fast
Published: October 1, 2013
Paperback: 155 pages and 170 color photographs
Publication: Advanced Visions Inc.
Gargoyle geckos, originally from New Caledonia rank among the best and most colorful of the lizards kept as pets. They also come in a wide range of colors and patterns and make outstanding displays in naturalistic vivariums. Because they can be maintained on a commercial powdered diet that is mixed with water, they are among the easiest to maintain of reptiles. Gargoyle Geckos covers all aspects of known natural history, husbandry, captive breeding, and color and pattern variations. It is illustrated with 170 color photos. The authors are renowned authorities on the husbandry and propagation of New Caledonian geckos. Together, they developed and maintained for fifteen years the largest gargoyle gecko colony in captivity and were the first to produce many of the gargoyle gecko morphotypes currently in the hobby. Their current project is a two volume set on giant geckos (Rhacodactylus leachianus).



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