Rhacodactylus Leachianus Locals
Grande Terre Forms (GT)
Typical colours are a dark olive green to a dark chocolate brown in the “dark morph” varieties and they usually exhibit little or no white markings. However uncommon, if markings are apparent, they can be thin white lines or rows of lighter spots along the sides of the animal. With age, yellow markings are not uncommon. bodies are typically long an slender.
These geckos are one of the largest recognized forms of Leachianus.
They have very long tails, with an elongated head. These Leachies are known to weigh over 400g while reaching upwards of 15inches in total length.
These geckos typically most often display a brown or sometimes golden yellow backgrounds. Bodies are typically big and bulky with a very large neck region and often have a thicker, shorter tail.
Markings exhibited in yate can be simple thin, broken white lines, or white dots arranged along the sides. sometimes, you can notice a black spider web like pattering on the sides of their heads.
These are very similar to Poindimié in weight, reaching 400 grams or more but often look more compact and bulky, while Poindimié are longer and more slender animals.
Mt. Humboldt is one of the hardest locales to identify due to its variability in different specimens. however, there are common factors to identify them. They tend to have an olive-green background with brown markings and white blotches along the sides that are typically in the form of spots rather than solid bars.
The distance between the eyes is narrow in comparison to Yate and their shorter snout can appear almost beak-like.
The largest recorded Mt. Humboldt Leachianus to date has reached just over 420 grams.
Base colour of this local is typically from olive green with browns all the way to jet black. Markings are typically apparent in this local and their Blotches appear in rows along the sides and can be as wide as some insular locals.
The best way to identify this local is the enlarged scales along the bridge of the snout. These animals are typically quite bulky, reaching into the 300 gram range.
There were many breeders claiming to have original Mt. Koghis breeding stock:
Conley Dark Morph (CDM)
If you have heard the term CDM this variation originates from Mike Conley (Conoley Dark Morph) and are often very dark and slender in length. These geckos are long with long tails and can often have minor white spots on their sides but never white barring. Females are incredibly hard to come by so this variation is often bred with other locales.
Treoger Mt. Koghis
This variation was bred in Europe by the late Michael Treoger and most of this stock was imported to the USA upon his demise and joined the collection of Allen Repashy and PDV. This variation is defined by white barring on many of the examples.
Friedel Line Mt. Koghis
Another European Breeder, Bodo Friedel, focused on another Mt. Koghis line, that is defined by barring or speckling in a white or light pink colouration. Body is shorter and stockier than other locales, similar to Yate body-type, while the head is a bit broader. There is also a Dark Form of this GT Leachianus, as it the case with all Mt. Koghis varieties
Type C GT (Not to be confused with Isle C – Bayonnasie Island Locale)
Originating from one lone pair in Phil Tramper’s collection, rumoured to be collected sometime in 1988 from a felled tree. This is supposed to be on of the largest examples of GTs in captivity. Examples have a small head and long snout. White blotches and an unusual disposition. They are quite vocal and are very slow growing, sometimes taking 10-15 years to reach full size.
Island (Insular) Forms - R. Henkeli
Isle of Pines
Colors range from mustard yellow to olive green with mostly white blotches with little to no black dots within them.
They are best known for being the largest insular Geckos, reaching 300 grams or more. They are also characterized by their bulky heads and necks.
Bayonnaise (Isle C)
These are the Medium-sized insular species which exhibit a lot of color. they typically have a base color of yellow or green and will almost always having heavy banding which can be very white, or have pinks and purples.
Brosse (Isle D)
These geckos are typically on the larger side for insular locales. They are one of the most attractive pure locals, exhibiting deep pinks, reds and purples. This is amplified due to their light yellow to light green backgrounds.
One distinguishing factor of this locale is diagonal blotching on their necks.
Moro (Isle E)
Moros typically reach up to 12 to 13 inches in total length and have a base color of lime green or yellow with purple, peach or white banding on their sides.
Their most distinguishing factor is their squared off snout with a prominent ridge from the eye to the nose.
Nuu Ana (Isle G)
These are the most talked about locale as they are the smallest sized leachianus and quite beautiful. Other than their size, they are distinguished by their short, stumpy legs and a broad head. Another characteristic of this local is a tilted iris.
Base colors are almost always yellow and they exhibit, white or pink crisp blotches with black speckling. Sometimes the pink can be so intense it looks purple. When this local reaches maturity, they typically develop yellow spots as well.
Nuu Ami (Isle H)
Nuu Ami Base colors are typically greenish brown with their patterning ranging from very small white blotches to very large white blotches sometimes called "snowflaking". Their patterning sometimes also exhibits pinks or peach colours. This is also a larger Island locale, similar in size to Pine Isle and Moro. Some can be defined by the ‘W’ pattern seen on their backs.
With age these geckos develop yellow spotting like the ana's and some even develop red blotches. Their eyes are usually gray with a reticulated iris.
Caanawa (Isle K)
Caanawa leachianus one of the most variable insular species. These leachianus are known for changing color quickly. They usually have a dark brown base color with their patterning exhibiting furry edges. patterning colors can range from white to purple and they show heavy speckling. Many examples of this locale show very high colour.
Their main characteristics are they are large and solid with a heavy trunk and thick legs.