Gargoyle Gecko, The Best Pet Reptile?

Gargoyle Gecko, The Best Pet Reptile?


Well hey there! Welcome! Today we’re gonna
talk a little bit about gargoyle geckos. You’ll notice that we snuck them into
this video, which if you haven’t seen it you should check it out. Maybe, maybe not
right now – but now actually check it out right now then come back. You’re back?
Good, ok, nice to have you back. Gargoyle gecko. You’ll notice we did a video on
the top 5 best pet reptiles for beginners and there were 6 different
species on there. There were 6 different species because honestly gargoyle geckos
and crested geckos are really really similar. They’re very very closely
related to one another. Today more than anything we’re gonna try to highlight
the differences between them. We’ve already done a video on crested gecko so you can
check that one out too. But overall we give gargoyle geckos a score… we give
them a score of 4 out of 5, which is the same score that we gave crested geckos.
But we do give them this score for different reasons than we gave crested
geckos a 4 out of 5. As always, those reasons are our five categories which
are handleability, care, hardiness, availability, and upfront costs. First off,
let’s talk about handleability. For handleability we give these guys a
score of four out of five. The main reason they’re not getting a 5
out of 5 is because they’re small and can potentially be injured in a fall or
if they’re squeezed too hard, say by a small child. That’s always a concern for
any small reptile – honestly any reptile but especially for smaller reptiles. And
that’s a concern they share with crested geckos. Something else that they
share with crested geckos is the fact that they can drop their tail, which is
something I always worry about. But I worry about it a little bit less with
gargoyle geckos than I do with crested geckos for one very simple reason: they
can grow the tail back. Look at that adorable little micro tail. This goofball…
here you can see these two – they’ve never dropped their tails. This gecko has
dropped her tail three times. Never when I’ve been handling he. Just every now
and then I’ll come and check on her and her enclosure and [bop]
tails gone and it’s gonna be new tail time. She usually grows it back. I’ve
never seen her get it all the way back before she drops it again. They can
regrow the tail but won’t be quite the same. For one thing, they tend to replace
the bone inside of it with a rod of cartilage and that means it’s generally
not quite as flexible. Though I have found their tails to be pretty flexible
still. And in my experience when they regrow their tail, on this particular
species and some of the other New Caledonian geckos, it looks very very
similar to the original tail. And if it grows long enough it looks pretty
convincingly similar to the original tail. One real difference with the tails
on these guys versus that the crested geckos is the tail is not nearly
as prehensile. Which means they don’t seem to grab stuff with it nearly as
much as a crested gecko does. And a crested gecko has a little toe pad,like they
have on their toes, at the end of the tail. These guys may have that a little
bit but it’s way smaller. Good jump. I was gonna brag about how calm these geckos are
and they are pretty calm but they’re being a little bit hyper for me
right now. Gargoyle geckos, in my experience, are calmer than most crested
geckos. Now, if you watched our crested gecko video, you’ll know that I have one
crested gecko that is super duper calm. all of my gargoyle geckos are about as calm as he
is. And I really like that about them. So in a lot of ways they’re better to
handle than a crested gecko. But they’re not perfect to handle and they’re not
perfect to handle because they’re still small, they’re still delicate, and they
still could drop that little tail of theirs. When it comes to care we give
these geckos a score of four out of five. They’re gonna need daily maintenance and
that is the biggest reason why they don’t get a score of five out of five.
One of the main things is you’re going to have to spray them every day morning
and evening just enough so that there are water droplets for them to drink. Not
so much that it soaks enclosure, certainly not enough that the enclosure
stays wet all the time. You want it to dry out in between mistings. Every other
day or so you’re going to need to feed them and that’s just something that you
have to do in a regular basis. Something you need to keep in mind if you’re gonna
go on vacation or something like that. Unlike snakes, which you can arguably
leave for a week at a time, you can’t do that with a gargoyle gecko or crested
gecko. You’re gonna need someone to come by and feed it and that can be a
little bit of a cost. A little bit of a reason why they might not be ideal for
you, depending on your lifestyle. They’re going to eat the same kind of food that
crested geckos eat. That’s gonna be crested gecko diet and if you don’t know
what crested gecko diet is – it’s the greatest thing in the world to feed to a
reptile! Because it comes in a bag of powder! And it’ll keep for a long time
and you just take a little bit out and you add about the same amount of water
to it. In fact, you can vary it up depending on how paste-like you want it
to be. But you just add a little water and you kind of stir it together you put
it in a little cup and they come and they drink out of it. And in my
experience gargoyle geckos eat this even better than crested geckos do even
though it’s called crested gecko diet. In my experience gargoyle geckos do not
like insect feeders as well as crested geckos do. And I’ve got some crested
geckos that will not touch insect feeders but none of my gargoyle geckos
will. I know there are gargoyle geckos out there that do eat insect feeders.
Mine, even as babies, won’t touch them. When it comes to hardiness again basically
exactly the same as crested geckos. And we give them a score of three out of
five. When it comes to handling that’s one of the things that can really hurt
them. So if you want to kill a gargoyle gecko, which you don’t, rough handling would
be a really fast way to do it. Don’t do that to them, be very careful with them
when you handle them. They’re very soft and delicate. Humidity is another thing
that can kill them if you’re not giving them enough. If you’re not spraying them
daily then they could die of dehydration, after a little while. Not immediately but
after a fairly short amount of time. Also, if you’re keeping their enclosure just
soaked all the time they could end up getting a respiratory infection which
could actually cost them their life as well.
Temperature though just like with crested geckos that is the thing that
you’re gonna wanna be the most careful with. Because if these geckos get
out of say the high 70s into the 80s and 90s – they could die in a very short
amount of time. I love that they do so well at room temperature but high
temperatures are something that you need to avoid. They do tolerate human mistakes
better than a lot of creatures do and I really appreciate that about them. That’s
why I would recommend them for a new reptile keeper. You of course need to
give them the basic necessities of life, but they can handle a little bit of you
figuring things out. When it comes to availability we give
these a three out of five. These are not as available as a crested gecko. You can
get them at expos. You can get them from breeders. You can get them online. It’s
very rare that you would find them say in a pet shop. Even if you go to a
reptile expo you’re gonna see probably 25 crested geckos for every gargoyle
gecko they’ve got there. So gargoyle geckos are much less common which can
be a really cool thing, right? Because everybody and their dog has a crested
gecko but who do you know with gargoyle geckos. They’re just a little bit
different. I really like the look of them. They look a little bit different than
crested geckos but they’re harder to find. There are lots of great breeders
though because they’re just about as easy to breed as crested geckos. Most
of them tend to be some sort of brown gray and black. They come in kind of
banded colors or striped colors. You can see oranges and reds and yellows on them.
There’s a lot of colors out there, and if you’re willing to pay enough you can get
some really cool looking gargoyle geckos. In my opinion, even the blandest gargoyle
gecko is really neat cuz they’ve got kind of a mossy camouflaged
appearance and I really like it. A little bit less variation, a little less variety
available in gargoyle geckos, but still a lot. And frankly, they’re so much
different looking than crested geckos that even the blandest gargoyle gecko is
pretty new different and exciting. When it comes to upfront costs we give these
a five out of five. If you go to a breeder or an expo, which are the main
places that you’re gonna be able to find one, you’re gonna find that they’re a
little bit more expensive than the cheapest crested geckos you can get. But
they’re still not very expensive. The cost of the animal is very very
reasonable and I love that about gargoyle geckos. Because even the coolest
looking ones out there are gonna be within the reasonable budget for an
animal like this. And their enclosure, also, is not going to cost you an arm and
a leg. For one thing it doesn’t need any sort of special lighting or heating. They
do best at room temperature and so any lights you have in there might only be
for if you have live plants in there or if you just want to be able to see them well.
But you’ve got to be careful that those lights don’t put off too much heat. So in
general, you might be not be using any lights at all and that’s
great because that doesn’t cost very much. The enclosure isn’t gonna cost very
much. Because, though a bigger enclosure is better, they don’t need a huge
enclosure to thrive. Once again, our overall score for these geckos is a four
out of five.They’re fantastic and there’s a good chance it can be the
perfect pet for you. As always, we’re grateful that you’ve been here with us.
Like and subscribe and we hope to see a real soon. When it comes to upfront costs…
Woop… Good catch, you! These guys may have that
a little bit but it’s way smaller. Good jump. Cuz she’s a nut. You all right there?
You don’t need to do that. But overall we give gargoyle geckos a score. Here’s
gonna be a jump. Good jump. You can always tell, when they put those legs forward [bop].
It’s hoppin’ time!

Randy Schultz

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100 thoughts on “Gargoyle Gecko, The Best Pet Reptile?

  1. Mao Zedong says:

    Can you keep a crested gecko and a gargoyle gecko together in a large enclosure?

  2. Bowie White says:

    I found a gargoyle gecko at the pet store I go to, to get my gargoyle gecko his crickets btw his b-day is tomorrow (July 22nd)

  3. Christopher Keilholz says:

    I live in Texas and when it gets like 100+ degrees out side it heats our house up to 80+ degrees that's bad right if i where to get a gargoyle gecko, but this only really happens during the summer so if i where to get a gargoyle gecko how would i keep it from dying from the heat?

  4. TikTok Memes for the Soul says:

    They are so cute!!! They look like miniature or dwarf alligators.

  5. Ele na says:

    They kind of look like baby leachies?

  6. LexisClark says:

    For some reason…you remind me of David Tennant

  7. Dogmingo 6 says:

    I went to my first reptile expo and it was amazing!

  8. Hungry Toast says:

    I really like your videos super informative I have a breeding group of gargoyles and a pair of cresteds as well. best pets ever!https://www.gofundme.com/the-start-of-my-dream-career?pc=fm_co_cardshare_a&rcid=81b63b9fb2ce401f9fade526237eaf88

  9. Brandon says:

    Just got my first gargoyle about 2 hours ago at repticon. Beautiful little girl. 1 year old and ran me about 175

  10. TwistedPisces says:

    They look like little gators!!

  11. Holly Hawkins says:

    I just got a gargoyle gecko my first gecko. It’s a hatchling not sure of the sex but we are taking our time getting to know each other and I’m hopeful that s/he will be as relaxed and handleable as the one you have shown here. So far so good ❤️?

  12. Aladdin Magi says:

    I really want a reptile (I’d love a gecko) but my room gets really hot in the summer and really cold in the winter and I know a lot of reptiles are sensitive are there any reptiles that are able to handle hot summers I’m willing to get them something to heat them up in the winter.

  13. Robert Barker says:

    "Don't do that to them!"  critical stare….

  14. Stevexotics 123 says:

    For a normal gargoyle gecko will run for 200 so they are pretty expensive compared to a crested gecko

  15. C Fol says:

    I'm getting a gargoyle gecko in 4 weeks.There's only one breeder in germany right now and he only sells once a year. I am SO glad I got one for this year. I was planning on a crestie but you're video made me choose the gargoyle gecko. Such amazing animals.

  16. JonathanB00K3R says:

    Could you do a video on marine based lizards or reptiles?

  17. Dom Smith says:

    you could see his eye pupils were very small that is because he is nocturnal and hates the light

  18. Mini bricks Studios says:

    Your awesome dude

  19. Mini bricks Studios says:

    I have a blue tongue skink and she’s awesome

  20. Fernando Martinez says:

    Clint, where did you get your gargs? all 3 of them are absolutely beautiful!

  21. Gareth McCaig says:

    What would be the minimum enclosure size for a gargoyle gecko?

  22. Mario exploderx says:

    Do they need any lamps such as UVB and heat. What is the minimum cage requirement for a full grown one

  23. Mario exploderx says:

    Does there enclosure need to be higher than longer

  24. Fernando Martinez says:

    Clint, do you keep your gargs together? I recently picked up a young one, and once it's big enough for me to know its sex, I would love to pick up another of the opposite sex, but I'm expecting to keep them separate unless i wanna try breeding them, is that what you do or do you keep them together? i think I saw two females and a male in this video?

  25. R Collins says:

    hey can u say where exactly I can get em

  26. Loviekinz says:

    I got a Gargoyle Gecko yesterday! I named her Isabelle. She looks like yours without a tail, but she has her tail. xD I have 2 Crested Geckos(Stitch&Staples) but I had really wanted a Gargoyle. Around me they are very hard to find. I got my girl fairly cheap, her owner no longer wanted her and dumped her at a petstore. She's missing a toe and had stuck shed 🙁 I am hoping proper care fixes her up. Thankfully she seems at a good weight, no signs of health issues otherwise. But she uses her tail a lot I noticed. She grabbed my finger hard with her tail. I notice aside from Crested Geckos she's rougher to touch, and her claws are more noticeable/can hurt. That said though, I got lucky with my Crested Geckos. My Crested Gecko don't run to run away from me. One comes when I call her name from anywhere in her tank, and walks on my hand. Key to really tame lizards, handle at least once per day. I'm hoping over time I can tame Isabelle more too(she seems okay behind held, just a little jumpy)

  27. Josh McReynolds says:

    Those purple eyes though, also I think I may grab some of these as I have experience from my crested geckos.

    Love geckos, Good video bud.

  28. Gymnastics 1.0 says:

    My crested gecko won’t touch her crickets but if I tap at the side of her cage she tries to eat my finger as if it is a cricket… I have a strange gecko…

  29. Tiranniek ' says:

    Fun fact: the big plant in the white pots name in dutch is 'vrouwentong' which translates to female tongue ?

  30. Owen Berg says:

    I got a 5 month old gargoyle gecko a week ago, and it hasn’t eaten at all. She’s currently in a 18 by 18 by 24 and it seems to be curious and exploring around but she doesn’t seem to find the food. She will eat it if I give it to her, but not on her own (yet at least). Should I wait? Or put her in a smaller cage? Help!!

  31. Kira K. says:

    Hi lysm, I know this is an old video but if you haven’t done a video on giant day geckos, if you can please do! I’m planning on getting 2 but you guys always lay everything out plain and simple. Also, entertaining. :3

  32. Fishy tuna says:

    I can’t decide whether I want a gargoyle gecko or a crested gecko 🙁

  33. Zac says:

    Should do a video on fire skinks

  34. Mckade Ballance says:

    Does anyone know if there is some sort of automatic humidifier that works for these guys or do they need to be sprayed?

  35. Quell says:

    Great video I’m new to the channel but your videos just make me happy so thanks bro

  36. Braxton says:

    I thought your tie was censored out.

  37. daniela day says:

    Gargoyle or Crested?

  38. CreepyKitten says:

    Hi Clint!
    I just had a question about vitamins for both crested geckos and gargoyle geckos, do they need calcium supplements and do they need calcium that contains D3? Since they are nocturnal and don't need UVB light I was just curious and didn't want to give a gecko vitamins they don't need

  39. Avicularia Kael says:

    I like these better than crested geckos.

  40. Lincoln Wise says:

    Hey so I've been torn between created geckos and gargoyle geckos for a while, could I keep 2 of each in the same enclosure?

  41. Devon Dawson says:

    My homies gargoyle always jumps ??

  42. Diarmuid ._. says:

    How much should you mist them

  43. CDWeller9 says:

    What kind of heat lamp do gargoyle geckos require?

  44. McKinsey Leigh says:

    I love watching these! What about a video on medium sized reptiles?

  45. snaggiz says:

    The jumps these guys made are impressive ?

  46. urszula oleksow says:

    I truly love your O hi there ???

  47. RIZADON the RAT says:

    Make a video about pink tongue skinks

  48. cindy melton says:

    Can a 12 year old like me raise this in Oklahoma

  49. Rosa Thompson says:

    How long is their lifespan?

  50. Vulgaris Ghoul says:

    My gargoyle Bronx loves eating roaches.

  51. Jake Swalec says:

    This guy looks like he’s being blown under the table ??????????????????

  52. Sofia Brotton says:

    When you finally get the permission to get a reptile buuut you can't have a gecko because you go on vacation on summer, and they hate snakes. Yeeeey….

  53. American Made says:

    Aww…they're adorable!

  54. Justin Carroll says:

    I always loved the patterns of gargoyles. However, I got turned off when a crested gecko keeper said they were aggressive. I realize now they might have been referring to tokay geckos.

  55. Robert Vincent says:

    Can I keep them 0.2 if their enclosure is big enough and they have enough hiding space?

  56. Billy Campbell says:

    Can we have a video on Chinese Cave Geckos Please! 🙂

  57. Luke Herps says:

    My Baby Gargoyle Changes Color And Not Because He’s Shedding But One Day He’ll Be Brown Another He’ll White, Us That Normal?

  58. Melissa Thompson says:

    Have I just ended up with the short straw? Everywhere I watch things about Gargs they’re so chilled but mine is the angriest little creature on the planet he couldn’t ever come out he’d be up the walls he’s even bitten me ???‍♀️

  59. Øath betrayer says:

    Any idea where I can buy a grey reticulated gargoyle gecko online(preferably near NE Michigan).

  60. Mario exploderx says:

    What size of vivarium will an adult need

  61. Thelastmemelord Lol says:

    If i had one id call him scp 682 jr

  62. Jay. Den says:

    I’m looking into getting a reptile and you helped me a lot in my research could you possibly do an inclosure video for these guys

  63. Kleo H. says:

    I just got a Gargoyle Gecko today and im in love! Thanks for helping me with my research before getting him.

  64. Forgetful Grunge says:

    I live in Florida so it can get pretty hot especially in the summer do you think it
    Would effect the lizard

  65. Melody葱 says:

    Can they live in groups? Or one enclosure for one gecko?

  66. losatutube says:

    What is your opinion on the bio-active setup with a Crested, Gargoyle or Leachie?

  67. Griffin Egan says:

    crested geckos vs gargoyle geckos: like if u think cresties r better, comment if u think gargoyle geckos r better…

  68. SkinnyAndShort says:

    Can you keep a male and female together with out them fighting?

  69. Kody C says:

    Super cute! Loved the geckos too ;D

  70. Treaborz Grover says:

    I like house geckos what about you

  71. David says:

    More close ups of the reptiles in your videos.

  72. Disabled Peach says:

    I'm so lucky that my uncle keeps a variety of reptiles, and he had an accidental breeding between his own gargoyle geckos, and he has a baby that he wants to give to me because I was interest in keeping my first lizard on top of my two snakes!!! I'm very excited. They're too young to be sexed, so my girlfriend and I chose to name them something gender neutral. They are Guava the Gargoyle Gecko!

  73. Jake Hobson says:

    How to sex gargoyle geckos! Plz!

  74. Jake Hobson says:

    How to sex gargoyle geckos! Plz!

  75. su kass says:

    tiny crocodiles

  76. Sam Tani says:

    don't worry I've see geckos fall of 12 or 14 feets high to floor and nothing happened.

  77. Bjorn Blom says:

    You honestly my Idole becouse i just love your personality, positive attitude, Happines and ofcourse all of the reptiles you and your wife own together.

  78. B. Richard says:

    That leap though

  79. Paula says:

    I have four cresties and four gargoyles. My gargs are much calmer than my cresties. They are my favorite geckos.

  80. Danny Pacheco says:

    Hey Clint, I'm looking into getting a gargoyle as my first pet reptile. I was wondering how likely gargoyle geckos are to bite, and if they're more or less likely than crested?

  81. Alex Dattel says:

    I still can't get over how beautiful Gargoyle Geckos are. I'll get one of these for sure when I move out (my dad sadly is scared of any reptile, he'd probably be even scared of something as small as a blue tailed skink)
    The thing that is the most amazing about them in my opinion are their eyes. They're so gorgeous.

  82. Ellersbane says:

    I finally found a local breeder and managed to get one! The only thing that worries me is he has some stuck shed I'm trying to work off.

  83. Inhale My Sins says:

    My gargoyle is definitely not as calm as yours, she just wants to jump everywhere but I love her ❤️

  84. Cryos 945 says:

    You think 3K is reasonable? Cus I was at an expo today and the breeder had one over 3K multiple over 1k and the cheapest one was 200$

  85. Sam Price says:

    Would it be ok to keep a crested gecko and a gargoyle gecko in the same tank?

  86. Trinity May says:

    My chem teacher has a gargoyle gecko that will jump off people's hands to the floor out of no where and she has done to me. Today she peed on me. But she is so sweet. She does have a regrown tail but what happens was that she jumped off a student's hand onto a collapsible table and when the student went to grab her the table collapsed. Her name is spiderwoman and she like to jump from student to student out of no where so while holding her we have to watch how close she is to other student.

  87. Missy Rose says:

    Can you please do a pacman frog video ?

  88. lor147 e says:

    You know at first I was thinking this may not have been one of the reptiles I want but room temperature and it does not need lights, you have a deal.

  89. Sera the Educated Feline says:

    I’d love to get a Gargoyle gecko one day. Hopefully they’ll be one at a shelter.

  90. Meh says:

    I've been looking at gargoyle geckos on various breeders' websites, and the cheapest i found for a male is $150. i saw some females for almost $3000. did the prices go up in the year and a half since this video was made?

  91. Ruby Rose says:

    i thought "good jump!" was so funny haha

  92. anakinkenobi334 says:

    i found some in a pet shop and i think i should get a gecko or a bearded dragon
    ( btw LOVE your videos )

  93. Kaitou Joker says:

    They look like baby crocodiles

  94. G Boyer says:

    I was shocked and excited to find my Gargoyle at Petco for $60 so I scooped him up! They want $300 where I buy my supplies so it was just a freak accident really that I found him in a chain pet store. At the moment I have him in a funarium until I am confident he can identify his Pangea which he is licking off of my finger. He is still a pre-juvenile but active and good body size. I did offer him/her a cricket with tongs and he/she seemed interested but the legs kept making him/her jumpy, but I'll try again based on Tiki's recommendation. I can't tell the sex yet due to the age but I'm hoping it is a male.

  95. Juanita The Cow says:

    So you don’t need any lights at all???

  96. Emilie 266 says:

    Can you house a crested gecko and a gargoyle gecko in the same enclosure?

  97. Francisco LopezSerrano says:

    Do they like to be pet?

  98. Tobias Scott says:

    Question: How big a tank for Gargoyle geckos at full maturity?

  99. Daul Penino says:

    Why is every video “the best”? It’s hard to actually know which one is best lol

  100. Jubilee Gonzalez says:

    I was at repticon planning to learn about cresties and planning to prepare a tank to buy one then one specific booth had gargoyles next to cresties and I was in absolute AWE. I didnt think i could change my mind of the reptile I wanted but they stole the show. They had adult well handled gargoyles on display for people to handle, i saw them while looking for cresties and fell in LOVE. The guy told me all about their differences in personality and let me hold one and it was crawling and jumping all over me and i fucking loved it. It made me change my mind (even tho i already have a crestie bumper sticker ?) but yea ive been researcher and next month or so will finally start making its bioactive terrarium and then in novembers repticon ill buy my baby ? im hoping to get a grey female!

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