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
R. chahoua is currently being evaluated by CITES as a possible candidate for protective
This species is endemic to New Caledonia
They live at elevations up to 500 m, This species inhabits gallery and closed forests
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.
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.