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1 Adult Male, Pine Island

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Another species on my "want list" was a chahoua, or "chewie" - for many years, in fact! They are known to be one of, if not the most, personable of the New Caledonian species and often interact with their owners in unique ways. It's said that once you go chewie you never go back. I have just started with Corico, so we'll see how true that ends up being! So far so great though, he's a sweet, intelligent gecko. He comes from someone I've known for years in the gecko community, Whitney of goReptiles. I adopted him from her in 2014 when she decided she needed to slim down her collection somewhat and wanted several particular animals to go to homes where she knew they would get the great care and attention they deserve. *waves hand* That's me! I was absolutely thrilled at the opportunity and almost didn't get him, but in the end I was chosen as a home and I'm hoping he is just the beginning of my foray into the world of the chahoua.

My male was bred by Dwane Nimmer and hatched August 29, 2010. Corico stays unfired and is beautiful shades of pastel pinks and green most of the time but can also fire up and be quite red. It's quite the contrast and a favorite quality of the species. I also really like how these animals look like moss, their common name is quite fitting! It's where my guy's name came from - epiphytic lichens that prefers to grow on trees are known as coricolous lichens. I would one day love to get a mate for my male, but breeding chahoua is a whole other ball game than other species I work with. The eggs they lay have thick, hard shells. Crested and gargoyle gecko eggs are slightly soft when laid and for a bit of time after, but chahoua eggs can't be squeezed from the beginning. This difference leads to potential difficulties when hatching rolls around and many a hatchling has been lost, drowned in the egg, unable to get a big enough slit into their eggs in order to get out. Often they need to be cut. However, I'm willing to take the challenge, despite learning curves, I have managed to successfully breed and hatch out ever gecko species I currently own (except for of course this bachelor). My goal is to continue that trend, though even if he stays just a beloved pet I will be pleased!

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