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Tokay Gecko
   
   

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Family : GEKKONIDAE
Species : Gekko gecko
Size (snout to vent) : 18.5 cm
Size (total length) : 36.5 cm

Play call

A large, stunning gecko familiar to millions of Southeast Asia's rural dwellers; this species commonly takes up residence in the roofs of village huts and houses. At night it emerges to feed on insects and small vertebrates.

It can be located by its call - a loud 'tock-eh, tocke-eh' similar to the Large Forest Gecko. The species is easily distinguished by its size, and distinctive pattern of reddish-orange spots on a blue-grey background. 

This is a wide-ranging species, extending from Bangladesh, through India, Burma, Thailand and Indochina to Peninsular Malaysia and most of the Indonesian and Philippine islands. In Singapore it is now rarely seen due to urbanisation.


Fig 1 : Nocturnal specimen from disturbed lowand forest at Flores, central Indonesia.

Fig 2 : Juvenile from Labuanbajo, western Flores, Indonesia.

Fig 3 : Diurnal specimen from Bali, Indonesia.

Fig 4 : Specimen emerging from a treehole in dry deciduous forest, Cambodia


References : H1, H2, H3