Woodbore Gecko

Large Animal
Hit Dice:
4d8+4 (22 hp)
Initiative: +2
Speed: 30 ft. (6 squares), climb 20 ft., burrow 5 ft.
Armor Class: 14 (-1 size, +2 Dex, +3 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 12
Base Attack/Grapple: +3/+10
Attack: Bite +5 melee (1d6+4) or tongue +6 touch
Full Attack: Bite +5 melee (1d6+4) or tongue +6 touch
Space/Reach: 10 ft./5 ft. (10 ft. with tongue)
Special Attacks: Improved grab, swallow whole
Special Qualities: Adhesive tongue, Low-light vision
Saves: Fort +5, Ref +6, Will +2
Abilities: Str 16, Dex 13, Con 12, Int 2, Wis 14, Cha 6
Skills: Climb +11*, Hide +10*, Listen +4, Spot +7
Feats: Alertness, Weapon Focus (adhesive tongue)
Environment: Warm forests
Organization: Solitary or Pair
Challenge Rating: 3
Treasure: None
Alignment: Always Neutral
Advancement: 5-8 HD (Large)
Level Adjustment: -

This light-green lizard has a small, dull horn on its head and bright orange coloring on its feet and neck. Its throat inflates and deflates as it breathes in and then out again, watching quietly.

These large, omnivorous lizards are adapted to life in the highest boughs of trees. Their feet are covered in small, sticky pads that allow them to climb almost any surface. Their noses have a single sharp horn that is used for hollowing out tree trunks, which the gecko then lines with various kinds of leaves as a suitable lair. Upon hatching, woodbore geckos are little more than three inches long from nose to tail and grow slowly during the first four months of their lives. At the end of this time they hit a growth spurt, reaching about four to five feet in length as they enter the juvenile stage of their lives. After a year, they hit another growth spurt and fully mature into adults about ten feet long. At this point, the male seeks out a suitable mate and begins producing offspring almost immediately; female woodbore geckos can lay a brood of about a dozen eggs every twelve months. A mated pair typically remains close to one another at all times and mates for the duration of their lives, which is about thirty years for a male or thirty-three years for a female.

Woodbore geckos are typically docile and beneficial creatures that eat monstrous insects, dire rats, and other bothersome pests. However, when food is scarce they will sometimes feed on livestock, pets, and even small children. Woodbore meat is also quite delicious when roasted with coconut or palm oil and wrapped in banana leaves. Locales with a stable woodbore gecko population often prosper by exporting gecko steak to nearby cities, which fetches a handsome price on the market. Elves and other woodland races sometimes raise stables of woodbore geckos to serve as mounts.

A fully grown woodbore gecko is between 10 and 12 feet long and weighs 900 pounds. They do not speak.

Woodbore geckos lie in wait amongst the tree branches until they spot a potential meal, then lash out with their adhesive tongue. They usually will not attack anything larger than themselves unless threatened. They'll usually retreat as soon as they've swallowed a meal.

Adhesive Tongue (Ex): A woodbore gecko’s tongue exudes a thick slime that acts as a powerful adhesive, holding fast any creatures or items that it touches. The adhesive tongue gives the woodbore gecko a +4 racial bonus on checks made to establish or maintain a grapple.

Improved Grab (Ex): To use this ability, the woodbore gecko must hit an opponent sized medium or smaller with its tongue attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If it wins the grapple check, it establishes a hold and deals automatic bite damage.

Swallow Whole (Ex): A woodbore gecko can try to swallow a grabbed opponent of up to one size smaller by making a successful grapple check. The swallowed creature takes 1d6+4 points of bludgeoning damage per round from the woodbore gecko's gizzard. A swallowed creature can cut its way out by using a light slashing or piercing weapon to deal 10 points of damage to the gizzard (AC 11). Once the creature exits, muscular action closes the hole; another swallowed opponent must cut its own way out.

A woodbore Gecko's gizzard can hold 1 Medium, 4 Small, 16 Tiny, or 64 Diminutive or smaller opponents.

Skills: Woodbore geckos coloration gives it a +8 racial bonus on Hide checks in foliage. A woodbore gecko has a +8 racial bonus on Climb checks and can always choose to take 10 on Climb checks, even if rushed or threatened.

Woodbore Adhesive (Alchemy)
Although a woodbore gecko’s adhesive loses much of its holding strength when taken from the creature, it is nevertheless useful as glue for holding small objects together and sealing scrolls. Woodbore adhesive can be alchemically harvested, either from a living specimen or a recently slain gecko, and then stored in glass vials for later use. A DC 15 Craft (alchemy) check allows a character to harvest the adhesive from a woodbore gecko. A single adult woodbore gecko can provide 2d6 ounces of woodbore adhesive in any given week, which sells for 10 gp per ounce.

Woodbore Steak (Cooking)
This rare delicacy is made from the haunch of an adult woodbore gecko, roasted slowly over an open fire for several hours. Coconut or palm oil is smeared on it and then wrapped in banana leaf to preserve the flavor. In order to prepare a woodbore steak, a character must first acquire the necessary ingredients: a haunch of woodbore meat (an adult woodbore gecko provides meat for up to four servings), a pint of coconut or palm oil (worth 5 gp), and several banana leaves or some similar wrapping to hold the steak. A DC 25 Profession (cook) check then allows them to successfully cook and prepare the steak, which requires three hours, during which time the character can take other, non-strenuous activities. A failed check indicates that the meat is not properly cooked and loses its value, although it is still edible (if somewhat bland). A single woodbore steak sells for 200 gp.