Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53724

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata
Family:Gekkonidae
Genus:Gekko
Genus species:Gekko gecko

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:28 cm
Identification:The tokay gecko is gray with brownish-red to red spots. The male is more brightly colored. The toes have fine bristles used for gripping.
Habitat:In or near houses, tropical rain forests
Diet:Carnivore: insects, young lizards, mice, small birds
Reproduction:The breeding season is 4-5 months long. Eight to ten females will often lay their eggs in a cluster together, each lizard laying two eggs.
Tokay geckos are solitary.
Behavior:This lizard species is nocturnal and arboreal. If threatened, they will cast off their tails and escape as the predator attacks the tail.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Some cultures believe that tokay geckos bring good luck to a person's home. They have a third eye, called the pineal eye, on the top of their head that can sense light and dark. After losing their tails, a new one grows back in three weeks.

Other Information

Geographic:Asia Date:1966-01 Subjects:reptile
Tokay gecko
lizard
Gekko
Geckos
Lizards
Squamata
Reptiles
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/53724