Henkels Giant Gecko

Henkel's Giant Gecko in the reptile house at Wingham Wildlife Park

Henkel’s Giant Gecko Natural History

Size

These geckos measure from 9 to 12 inches (22 to 30 cm) and weigh up to 250 grams.

Habitat and Distribution

They can be found in forests on the Isle of pines in New Caledonia. Males prefer the lower branches of the forest and will defend their territory from other males while females prefer to be higher in the canopy.

Age

Henkel’s giant geckos can live for over 20 years in captivity.

Diet

These geckos will eat insects, small mammals, flowers and fruit.

Groups and Breeding

Females can lay 2-4 eggs multiple times each year. Eggs take around 70 days to hatch and the atchlings are up to 3 ½ inches long.

Threats

This species is not listed by the IUCN

Interesting facts

They use variety of whistles, chirps and growls to communicate with one another. These noises have led to them being known as the ‘devil in the trees’ by locals

The Henkel’s Giant Gecko During Your Day Out in Kent

This gecko is on display in the reptile house. This area is home to a number of other reptiles, invertebrates and amphibians.