Other names: New Caledonian gecko, short-snouted New Caledonian gecko, Bavay's giant gecko, mossy New Caledonian gecko, short-snouted New Caledonian gecko, Bavay's giant gecko, or mossy prehensile-tailed gecko
Status R. chahoua is currently being evaluated by CITES as a possible candidate for protective status.
Geographic Region This species is endemic to New Caledonia
Habitat They live at elevations up to 500 m, This species inhabits gallery and closed forests
Characteristics Size: 5-6 in or 13-15 cm
Longevity: Wild Captivity 20-30 years
Physical Description: R. chahoua gets its common name from the moss or lichen-like pattern it displays. Colors range from rusty red and brown to green or gray. There has been some notation that color could possibly be a geographic indicator in this species as the geckos from the outer islands most often display the lighter gray patterns. It commonly reaches a snout to vent length (SVL) of 5.5 in (14 cm). R. chahoua has a prehensile tail that allows it to grip branches and other things for balance while it is climbing.
Diet: They are opportunistic omnivores. Typically feeding on crickets and soft fruits.
Behavior: Nocturnal, night-active. Arboreal, tree-dwelling. It shelters by day in tree crevices and holes and forages at night in the canopy.
Conservation Use & Trade: Most of them that are in the pet trade are captive-bred, but there are always some that are taken from the wild. They live a long time in human care, which can cause problems with people abandoning them.