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June 19, 2002

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Rhaco, the Pet of the Day
Name: Rhaco
Age: One year old
Gender: Male
Kind: Crested Gecko
Home: Black Lake, Québec, Canada
   Here's my Rhaco. He's an adult crested gecko from New Caledonia. Rhaco is almost one year old and he is a Rhacodactylus ciliatus, "dark fire" morph/breed. By the way, this species was reported as extinct in the wild and has been "rediscovered" in 1994 on a small island called the Pine Island in New Caledonia! My gecko was captive-bred, of course.

    Unlike most species, this gecko eats a lot of mashed fruits, especially apples, bananas and apricots with honey. I give him some crickets, too, for protein.

    Rhaco is so gentle and can be easily handled. He likes to look at him in a mirror! He makes noises (sounds like a tiny chicken) and a nuptial dance because he thinks that there's a female in the mirror!

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