Leachianus Gecko (Leachie), The Best Pet Lizard?


Hi there! I’m here today with what is One of the greatest lizards on planet earth and that is the leachianus gecko or “leachie” And you might have seen this talk a little bit about leachies before on our video about Five of the greatest pet lizards you could ever own and this Definitely belongs on a list like that because the leachianus gecko is a dream gecko Which is why it’s gonna surprise you to hear me tell you that the leachianus gecko from us gets a score of 3 out of 5 I just told you this is one of the greatest geckos you can ever own and it gets a 3 out of 5 and so you’re now thinking what in the heck are you talking about? Shouldn’t it be like a 5 out of 5? and I wanna explain to you why not and that’s gonna come down to our five criteria which are: handleability, care hardiness, availability, and upfront costs. So let’s start with handleability for handleability we give the leachianus gecko a 2- It’s a 2 out of 5 Honestly the leachianus gecko that I’m holding right now deserves a 5 out of 5 The reason that leachies in general get a score of 2 out of 5 and not 5 out of 5 is because some of them deserve a score of 0 out of 5 Because they’re basically not handleable at all it seems to be almost like roulette with these things. Some of them are really just spectacular to hold basically like a colossal amazing wrinkly flop beast version of a crested gecko and some of them are Little monsters that want to bite your hand off like a wild caught tokay gecko They’ve got powerful little jaws and they can bite hard and they’re just strong in general so they’re not as easy to manipulate as a crested gecko is you have to go with them a little bit more so for a lizard this small? They’re actually- if they don’t want to be handled can do a pretty good job of keeping you from handling them. And that’s a bummer when you buy a lizard this awesome and expensive that some of them are just not going to put up with handling at all. They also can lose this tiny little tail of theirs though I have never seen this happen so I’m gonna put that down as a Plus for them when it comes to handling that they don’t seem to drop this tail even though I think technically they have the ability I’ve never seen it happen. Wonderful! Wonderful geckos can be unbelievable to handle But like I said not all of them are some of them are cranky some of them are so cranky they won’t let you handle them period. When it comes to care We give the leachianus gecko a 4 out of 5 and frankly they care for a leachie is Very similar to that of a crested gecko and the the pros and cons are very similar as well in fact In a lot of ways you are going to hear us reference crested geckos and that is just because in general Caring for them is so very similar Just on a different scale one of the downsides to it is just that it needs daily care every day You’re going to need to at least mist its enclosure preferably morning and Evening making sure to have enough droplets there for the gecko to drink But not so much that the entire enclosure stays wet or damp all day long It should dry out in between mistings. On the plus side though is what they eat. They eat crested gecko diet and even though leachies aren’t that common crested geckos are very very common and Crested gecko diet is easy to get and on top of being easy to get it’s easy to store And it’s easy to use because it is a powder it comes in a big bag of powder And you just take a little of this powder in a little bit of water in a cup, you mix that up probably every other night and That’s what they eat. Some of them will take some insects some of them won’t just like with Crested geckos that we’ve talked about that gargoyle geckos that we’ve talked about these are very very similar in terms of care And that is a huge plus for the most part except for the fact that you do have to care for them every single day. When it comes to hardiness we give the leachianus gecko a score of 4 out of 5. Frankly, This is as good as a gecko is going to get. They’re not going to get crushed as easily as smaller geckos like Crested geckos or gargoyle geckos just because they’re bigger they’re still soft and delicate But they’re a bigger soft and delicate gecko, and they can handle a little bit more I don’t want to say rough handling, but if you made a little mistake with them It’s harder to hurt them then it would be with a crested gecko or a gargoyle gecko. That’s not gonna be a problem at all if you’re not handling them And this was definitely a con before when it came to handling *gecko chirps* but if you’re not handling.. *chuckles* What was that? Geckos as it turns out are one of very few lizards that are vocal and so they actually Can speak they’ve got vocal cords geckos are called geckos because there’s a type of gecko that goes “gekko!“ Tokay geckos that I referenced earlier are called Tokyo geckos because they go “tokay!” They’re like Pokemon! Uh, leachies don’t say leachianus, but that would be something wouldn’t it? But they do talk so if we hear her talk again That’s what’s going on Which is really cool, but it doesn’t really factor into our scale unfortunately. Back to hardiness though If you’re never handling your gecko then crushing it is not gonna be an issue and some- some Leachies are not gonna deal with handling. They’re not gonna Let you and that’s just one less thing to worry about I suppose so even though it’s a con when it comes to handling it Could be a pro when it comes to hardiness as long as you’re taking normal care of your leachianus gecko It should do really well for you. The biggest thing with leachianus geckos the same way with Gargoyle geckos and crested geckos is you just don’t want to get them too hot. They’re gonna do best right around room temperature, maybe a little bit warmer, but not very much warmer That is one of the fastest ways that you could kill your leachianus gecko And you do not want to kill your leachianus gecko! But when it comes to availability this is another place where the leachie is going to lose some serious points and We give them a score of 2 out of 5 for availability. The problem with getting leachianus geckos, well, it’s twofold, and it’s similar to things that we’ve run into like Blue Tongue skinks They’re fairly difficult to breed They can be violent with one another the other problem is they seem to be picky about who their mate is So if you want to breed leachianus geckos and you think getting a male female is gonna do it you might be totally wrong because that male and female might not like each other And it seems really important that you get a compatible pair And who knows how many leachianus geckos you need to actually buy and raise up Before you get to that are compatible with each other. On top of the fact that it can be difficult to get a compatible pair They lay clutches of two eggs And they don’t seem to lay quite as many clutches as say crested geckos or gargoyle geckos do per season Which means that even when you have two that are willing to breed they don’t lay that many eggs. So at the end of the day there just aren’t that many of them that are produced not that many breeders that are having success producing them They’re very expensive to start with there aren’t a lot of people who can afford to have a group of ten of these so they Can get two of them that like each other They’re also very very popular Which means that the few of them that are out there? People want to buy them and so it might be difficult for you to buy one right when you want one They’re just not that available. This is also reflected in the upfront cost of a leachianus gecko We give them a score of 3 out of 5 for upfront cost they’re very expensive. It’s it’s basic economics There’s a lot of demand and Not very much supply, cost of geckos is high- buying the gecko is very very expensive. The enclosure for a leachianus gecko doesn’t need to be super expensive It’s basically just like a crested gecko or a gargoyle gecko enclosure except bigger. Same idea just bigger. Vertically oriented would be best. Have a little bit of substrate that can hold some moisture But not too much You don’t need specialized lighting unless you’ve got plants in there and in that case just make sure that lighting doesn’t get things too hot They’re nocturnal, so they’re not gonna need UV lighting which is very very nice They also, unless your house is unreasonably cold, don’t need any sort of heating room temperature will do just fine And that’s all wonderful and lovely and inexpensive and beautiful enclosures for leachies Crested geckos, gargoyle geckos- these can be very very attractive enclosures or very very basic and simple, but functional Depending on really what you want to look at. I love beautiful decorated plants I think works for these sorts of geckos and one of these days We’re gonna make an awesome video showing you how to build a planted tank like that. So, to conclude we give the leachianus gecko a score of 3 out of 5 and that’s not because it’s not just absolutely spectacular But it’s certainly not for everyone This is an animal the cost will tell you this, but it’s the sort of animal that you want to make sure you’re ready for Honestly in my opinion, they’re a little bit harder than crested geckos. I think for a person who’s having tremendous success with crested geckos or gargoyle geckos, a leachianus gecko is going to be a very natural step up and You’re going to love having it. Somebody who’s never kept a gecko like this You’re gonna have to do a little bit more homework to make sure that it’s just absolutely right for you But if it is right for you, and if you can find one and if you can afford it You just can’t do much better than this Thank you so much for being here as always Like and subscribe. We hope to see you real soon! *boop* Hi there! Start over Well, hi there. Oh, it’s too scary *laughter* Hi there. Hi there. Let’s start from the get go. Ok. HI THERE! *laughter* Woman: Ah you scared me!

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100 Responses

  1. killerbekilled93 says:

    Is love a Uromastyx episode. I've had mine for 8 years and he's just the most wonderful pet. Potty trained, smart, mostly vegitarian, unlikely to bite, good with kids, can't drop their tail

  2. i have a stutter. says:

    Hey! New to the channel. Could you do a video about feeding snakes from frozen?
    If you have already done this (sorry) Could you please link me?

  3. Jimmy Phat Tits says:

    If you can find it. And if you can afford it. You can hire… The A Team.

  4. Optimistic Adventurer says:

    Could you do a Chinese water dragon next please? I have an adult male at home and id like to see what you have to say about them.

  5. Cinnasticks says:

    Oh hi!! Hahaha I told you it was a great intro line! Makes me smile every time. Another great video, and thank you for starting with info about their plucky little attitudes! It's definitely the #1 thing people should be aware about when considering a leachie.

  6. The Bausanos says:

    Hey Clint can you do a video on ball python morphs

  7. OwMeow3 says:

    i subscribed you !

  8. Nicole Slovick says:

    Is it a possibility to see a best large lizards video? Also I love all of your videos they're an insperation!

  9. Vanessa Fernow says:

    I know you mentioned it's on your list but I just wanted to say I would love to see a video about how to create a vivarium and what kinds of reptile species play nice with live plants. Bump it up on the to do list. 🙂

  10. Pleo1 says:

    Hello, Clint can you make video about ackie monitor (varanus acanthurus)? Thank you.

  11. julie w. says:

    This is a great channel. You've got a new fan! I have ideas to throw at you, too. 1. What about a video on food? Keeping live bugs of different types, any differences in CGD brands (my crestie is a Pangea watermelon junkie), storing and preparing rodents, etc. Thinking "oh, it eats bugs" doesn't prepare everyone for the reality of "now I have a box of crickets I have to keep alive?" Also, not all feeders are available everywhere – dubias can't be imported in Florida, for example. 2. More lizards please! Always more lizards. I'd love an anole episode. 3. Ditto geckos. 4. More goofy gecko noises. 5. Keep it up, you're doing great. 🦎

  12. Jack and the derby boy says:

    Can you please make a video of day geckos please

  13. Seth Jones says:

    you need to do uromatyx

  14. crabby dude says:

    Can you do a armadillo girdled lizard care vid?

  15. Bat Pool says:

    clint i love you

  16. Avoid the Abyss says:

    Hi I'm thinking of getting a pet lizard or reptile and I don't know what type to get any help?
    I want a medium size cheapish easy to feed and not too hard to maintain and I want it to be easy to handle but energetic any ideas?

  17. mat H says:

    needs heat

    dont compare to a crested gecko every chance you get, their care is still much different

    btw, NEEDS HEAT, leachianus should be provided with around 80 F, i provide mine with low 80s ambient during the warm season, they are much more active and healthier with heat, dont cut corners. and do research people, this video contains a good amount of misinformation about leachianus.

  18. hiniu iuhb says:

    Does anyone know how much a male juvenile Grande Terre leachie cost on average

  19. Winter Gals says:

    Hi Clint! I just love all your videos and my little girls do too! I have learned so much! I live on the gold coast Australia. I have gotten my first reptile and it was a rescue pink tongue skink. I am unsure of the sex but do not want to stress her by getting her probed or anything like that. There is such little information on pink tongues out there. DO you know much about them? Would love a video on them! Mine is super sweet, happy to be handled and totally chill, never bites. Such little info out there and i just respect your videos so much! Hope u keep bringing out these Awesome videos!

  20. Jacob Guy says:

    the handling part is no problem for I handle my reptiles very seldomly I find they do better if I just observe them ( my leopard gecko normally hates it but my crestie can be chill sometimes)

  21. Wild Stork Production says:

    hey Clint's Reptiles could you tell me where i can get this amazing lizard in uk?

  22. Argedon says:

    I want one. buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut,
    question: How do they defecate? I'm serious here. If they shit everywhere, even when clinging to the glass of the terrarium, It's gonna be a difficult sell.

  23. Juan Riverol says:

    Great video brother

  24. Loviekinz says:

    Eh, besides their insane price tags($2000+ near me) I don't find them attractive. I have 2 Crested Geckos & I'm really trying to find a Gargoyle Gecko

  25. Peter Gregory says:

    The best pet lizard for me is the collared lizard😍! I have a collared lizard and it really deserves a place on the best lizard list! Stay rad dude

  26. Shannon Villalobos says:

    Do a Chahoua video!

  27. Ridiculous Harbinger says:

    Lookin good 😁

  28. FALpwn says:

    Can you do video on a halmahera?

  29. universal call says:

    I want one of those and a uroplatus sikorae

  30. Starwen27 says:

    You know I have been considering getting one of these adorable little guys but was unsure. After watching this video I have decided that this is one of the reptiles for me, thanks for helping me decide on one of the many available reptiles on the market 🙂

  31. Charles Lankford says:

    I found it!!! Thanks for all you do!

  32. Fish Flop says:

    How many people do you have with you when you film? X

  33. Voltix says:

    What's your favorite gecko that you've featured on the channel?

  34. Marcus says:

    Is this mf wearing an tie with a flannel

  35. Why are people Subscribed to me says:

    This mother fucker sounds like fix it Felix.

  36. Jordan Rivera says:

    You are too cute. I love you and your videos.

  37. SMS2021 Cameron W says:

    Do u sell. If so, how do we buy

  38. John Wheeldon says:

    Any chance on a video on day geckos, fire skinks, or crocodile skinks?

  39. Vies says:

    He looks like a fat fuck version of a crested gecko

  40. TokinToph says:

    Breeding, or in the wild is the only time they'll lose their tail. A lot more rare than a crested. And they come from the same place (New Caledonia) as cresteds, that's why they're so similar in care. And dont forget the Chahoua gecko.

  41. bling bling boy says:

    There is a place near me that has several leachies, should I?

  42. Loviekinz says:

    I have 2 Crested Geckos & A Gargoyle. Honestly I would love one if these, but they have a $1500-$2000+ price tag here. Yeah….. no thank you lol

  43. miss Jae says:

    Share everyone and help if you can I've been trying for 2yrs to raise this to get my twins a head stone
    Www.gofundme.com/a-plot-for-my-twins

  44. Ryan Fogleman says:

    Could you do a video about tokay geckos??

  45. lol Maya says:

    It's so cute, I'm cryinf

  46. Maty_174 says:

    I love lizards

  47. urszula oleksow says:

    Hi my Leachianus male was kept in room temperature and wasn’t cold and didn’t want to eat and looked like hi is not growing I had to put heating mat under his enclosure and everything completely changed hi started eating like monster and growing like weeds temperature in his enclosure is about 82 F

  48. Jorge Gonzalez says:

    you should talk about tokay gecko video!!!

  49. Charlotte Nap says:

    Is it just me or does he sound like Michael Cera? I love it

  50. Lacie Murphy says:

    Hey it would really mean a lot to me if you made a chahoua gecko video. I love them and can't find very much info on them. Thank you

  51. Morgan Sharp says:

    Can you please do a video on giant day geckos? I’m planning on getting one or two next year at some point and some extra information can never hurt

  52. Ezra Calderon says:

    I've never seen a guy wear a tie with plaid. I'm not complaining though

  53. Jude UK says:

    But u call every reptile " possibly the best you could get "

  54. James Redman says:

    These look so amazing

  55. Zuma Dude says:

    Can you do Day geckos

  56. forlornqueen says:

    The geckos of my dreams!

  57. Sylos Roddd says:

    Do a tokay gecko video

  58. Davis’ Exotics says:

    You say all lizards are the best lizards ever in the world LOL

  59. Redpill And Chill says:

    A 2 for handling lol i have like 8 of them and can go in and grab them out at any time and have never been bit. Maybe its just the person handling them lmfao

  60. Imam Ayoub says:

    Imam he is in sheffield
    Emile [email protected]
    Tel:00447453383853

  61. Pedro Crane says:

    Finally

  62. Julia Magical says:

    "Wrinkly flop-beast" is the best description of a leachie I've ever heard

  63. Dragon Fist says:

    Your videos are sick

  64. Lakes’ Wild World says:

    I kinda prefer smaller geckos, like Gargoyles, but I love how chubby these guys look.

  65. Random stuff Guy says:

    Omg finally a pet i have i think he's in my pet video also the hander-ability or what ever of my one is 6/5 because he get between my neck and head i also have a tarantula lol and the leachie geckos bite is not that bad its like clamping your lips on your finger also thank you if you have read this far lol

  66. Random stuff Guy says:

    That was my first gecko i still have him

  67. Gavin Russell says:

    you should do a video where you show us all of you enclosures.

  68. Megan Michelle says:

    This man is awesome 😂

  69. Mark Hiller says:

    Can you do a slender pregensile tail video?

  70. J. S says:

    In my country of Western Samoa 🇼🇸 they hang out by the lights and eats moths all day no wonder why they are so big 🙂

  71. Taylor Ann says:

    i have 2 leachies and agreed w you on almost every catagory😂 i can’t even open the enclosure to my adult females enclosure without her snapping her head and grunting/lunging. she’s like that once she’s out of the enclosure too. my subadult male is a charm with handling. not flighty, not nervous, not bitey, just perfect with interaction.

  72. Kimberly K says:

    I love their floppy feet!!

  73. Grossly Offensive Lizard-Man says:

    Do crocodile monitor next.

    They wuz velociraptors n sheeit. Jurassic Park used their head structure as the basis of their velociraptor animatronics.

  74. Hunter says:

    Head to head with savanna monitor and green iguana!! Pls!

  75. Aurelia Astrea says:

    Well, I like the fact that he looks like the reptile version of a Shar Pei dog….due to the loose and rinkly skin.

  76. Raymond Jacque says:

    Please do a best exotic geckos video

  77. Michael Rosen says:

    Wish I could find one of these captive bred :’(

  78. Random stuff Guy says:

    I have a leachie whos 5 i got her when i was 5 now im 10 shes amazing to hold

  79. Lizardo Delaroux says:

    My 3 leachies def get a 5 for handling. 9 times out of 10 I can reach in and grab. When they don't want to come out, my female headbutts me lol (lunge with a closed mouth) thankfully they never tried to bite.

  80. Communism is alive My Comrade says:

    Do someone know where i can get a Rhacodactylus leachianus nuu ami from ? (Shouldnt be over 300$) thanks 😁 Nice Vid Btw 👌🏻

  81. #Pug Love says:

    Now where is the best place to find one?

  82. Clean music says:

    What about halmerha geckos?

  83. Bill Smith says:

    My leachie likes temps of 80-84. He rarely hangs out on the cool side of the cage. So above room temp*

  84. ductapeplanet says:

    My friend is a breeder in the US. He’s starting to ship to Europe this year.

  85. MA Zoo Life Mike Lancaster says:

    Looking to get a gecko not sure which species these videos are fantastic 👍👍👍👍

  86. Spencer McCabe says:

    I'm so torn between this and a crested gecko. To me this is the perfect size to be satisfying to handle without being too much. Though the handle-ability score makes me nervous. That's an expensive game of roulette but the thought of getting one of those 5 out of 5 handling geckos is enticing.

  87. Random old lady sucking an ice lolly says:

    How much would you mist the enclosure when you mist it???

  88. Nikola Kolenovic says:

    This is the ultimate gecko!!!!!

  89. J R says:

    This is the coolest gecko! Have you seen Brian's video on these from a few months ago at Leaping Leachies? All of his Leachies seem completely tame. Do you think that if you get them from some of the bigger breeders that they've been "domesticated" through selective breeding?

  90. Foolish says:

    i work at a pet store and my boss JUST told me about these guys
    I WANT ONE SOOOOO BAD
    he knows someone who breeds them
    I know the basics of caring for cresties because we have them at the store, but i've never personally owned one. anyone have any particular special tips?

  91. K Reyes says:

    Your so cool!

  92. Gekko Bos says:

    Do leachies actually really need insects to be happy, or will they do fine with a fully fruit-based diet?

  93. Cryptosporidium says:

    Clint, I totally blame you and Emily for this… I just booked my first leachie

  94. Epsilon says:

    I was curious to see what a leachie sounds like when it's angry. It sounds like a geiger counter going off, it's both amusing and scary at the same time. I do enjoy looking at leachie geckos they are quite adorable

  95. Lakes’ Wild World says:

    3:00 I love the way geckos stick their tongues!

  96. Danelle Malan says:

    I love how excited and passionate you are about all the critters. It's so wholesome. Keep up the great work!

  97. CC Baer says:

    I now cannot stop looking at my leach like it's a Pokemon – that was the greatest comparison

  98. Nerf Master blaster says:

    When you gonna do the gecko that says "gecko?"
    its almost a legend on this channel now XD

  99. Joe Tha Nose says:

    theirs different types of leaches that are more handle able then others some of the smaller islands i hear are generally more docile.

  100. Camel Spider says:

    3:40 “a powder that comes in a big bag of powder” is the best powder tbh

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