Gecko (Tokay)

Gekko gecko

IUCN Red List status: Least Concern

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Least Concern

Factfile

Where they live

Asia from northern India through S.E. Asia to Indonesia and New Guinea.

Habitat

Rainforest trees and cliffs.

Size

Length from 18 -50cm including tails

Weight

150-400g

Lifespan

Up to 20 years

Threats

Hunted over parts of its range because it is prized for its reputed medicinal properties.

Did you know...

  • Having Tokay Geckos around the house is regarded as good luck in some regions.
  • In some areas they are encouraged into dwellings to control cockroaches and other insect pests.
  • Tokay Geckos, like the majority of gecko species, have no eyelids.
  • They clean the scale which covers the eye with their tongues.
  • These geckos can inflict severe bites if they are sufficiently threatened

More about Tokay geckos...

The Tokay gecko of Asia is one of the largest of the 2,000 or so gecko species around the world. They inhabit the tropical forest through Asia where they are found living on trees and cliffs. They have specially adapted feet to help them to cling to vertical surfaces. Each of the four feet have five toes with 5,000 hairs each 1/10 mm long. Each hair has 400-1,000 branches that end in a spatula-like structure which helps it to grip.

Tokay geckos are mainly insectivorous although small mammals and young birds are also eaten.

Tokay geckos are solitary creatures, only encountering the opposite sex during the breeding season. They are territorial and will defend their space against intruders of the same species and of other species, ensuring less competition for food. Males are able to produce a loud characteristic barking sound with which they attract females.

Female tokay’s lay clutches of one or two hard shelled eggs which are guarded until they hatch. The females eggs are attached to the surfaces of branches, rocks etc. On hatching the young are about 6 cm long.

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