Gekko gecko

Range: Southeast Asia

Habitat: Tropical rainforest

Conservation status: Vulnerable

Tokay Gecko

  • • Class: Reptiles; Order: Squamata; Suborder: Lizards (Sauria) Family: Gekkonidae
    • Locals consider them harbingers of good luck, good fortune, and fertility
    • Nocturnal “bug busters”. Great “natural pest control” when released in greenhouses. In daylight, pupils are slits: at night, they expand to permit night hunting
    • Males make a weird “barking” sound – for defense and to find mates in breeding season. Sounds a bit like “tokay,” hence their name.
    • Females make a short croaking call.
    • Feet have “suction cups” known as lamellae (book-like). That’s why they can climb on glass
    • Females lay several clutches of two hard-shelled eggs per year. The eggs adhere to the laying surface. Incubation times vary from 100 to 182 days. Newly hatched juveniles are 10 cm. long. Tokay will guard the eggs and newly hatched young.
    • Geckos live on all continents and almost all islands between latitudes of 50 degrees N and 50 degrees S. They have enormous capacity for adaptation; adapted to most divergent conditions and most widely varying habitat.

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