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Text and photos by Nick Baker, unless otherwise credited.
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Peters' Forest Gecko
   
   

Fig 1
 


Fig 2
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family : GEKKONIDAE
Species :  Cyrtodactylus consobrinus
Size (snout to vent) : 13 cm
Size (total length) : 28 cm

Amongst the most beautiful of Southeast Asia's geckos, this species inhabits lowland primary rainforest or mature secondary forest.

The background colour is dark brown or blackish in juveniles, and speckled medium brown in adults. The species is easily identified by the narrow bands of white or cream across the dorsum and along the tail : in adults these bands become dark-edged. The head is decorated with a symmetrical arrangement of pale or cream reticulations.

By day this gecko will lie hidden in tree crevices, only emerging after the forest is in full darkness. It can sometimes be found near cave entrances : presumably it hides in rock crevices too.

Peter's Forest Gecko, also known as Peter's Slender-toed or Bent-toed Gecko, ranges from southern Thailand through Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore to Sumatra and Borneo.


Fig 1 : Full-grown adult on a steep river bank in Johor, Peninsular Malaysia.

Fig 2 : Juvenile clinging to rock outcrop, Bukit Timah, Singapore.


References : H1, H2, H3