Exotis ISSN 2398-2985

Reptiles

Tokay gecko

Synonym(s): Gekko gecko

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, Kirsty Dewhurst

Introduction

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Scientific Classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia. 
  • Phylum: Chordata. 
  • Class: Reptilia. 
  • Order: Squamata. 
  • Family: Gekkonidae. 
  • Genus: Gekko
  • Species: Gecko

Distribution and habitat

  • Native to Asia and the Pacific Islands, predominantly India, and the Philippines. 
  • It has been introduced to Florida, Martinique and Hawaii. 
  • Found mainly in rainforests, in trees and on cliffs. 
  • They can also be found in rural areas including walls and ceilings. 

Species status

  • Under threat, due to illegal: 
    • Poaching in Asia for the medicinal trade. 
    • Hunting in the Philippines. 
  • Main predators are snakes.

Life span

  • 7-10 years in the wild.

Diet

  • Insectivores mainly. 
  • In the wild: main foods include insects and small vertebrates Lizard nutrition
  • In captivity: main foods include crickets, mealworms, cockroaches, silkworms and small mice. 

Variations

  • Two subspecies are recognized: 
    • G. g. gecko: found in India to Indonesia. 
    • G. g. azhari: only found in Bangladesh. 

Breeding

  • As solitary animals, tokay geckos only meet in order to mate Lizard reproduction
  • Begins in spring and lasts 4-5 months. 
  • They have a loud, croak-like mating call. 
  • Females lay clutches containing 1-3 eggs, and both male and females will guard these until they hatch. 
  • Incubation period is 2-6 months. 

As pets

  • Commonly kept as pets, however should not be kept by inexperienced keepers/handlers.
  • Have a reputation for being aggressive and commonly known to bite; bites may carry various bacteria that can cause serious health problems for handlers.
  • Male adults should not be housed together.

Predatory behavior

  • Opportunistic feeders. 
  • Will attempt to overpower anything in order to eat it. 

Biological Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Animal Spot (2018) Tokay Gecko. Website: www.animalspot.net. Last accessed 28th February 2018.
  • Uetz P & Hošek J (2018) The Reptile Database (version Dec 2015). In: Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Eds: Roskov Y, Abucay L et al. Website: www.catalogueoflife.org. Naturalis, the Netherlands. ISSN 2405-8858.
  • The Spruce (2017) Tokay Geckos. Website: www.thespruce.com. Last accessed 28th February 2018. 
  • Kongbuntad W et al (2016) Genetic diversity of the red-spotted tokay gecko. (Gekko gecko Linnaeus, 1758) (Squamata: Gekkonidae) in Southeast Asia determined with multilocus enzyme electrophoresisJ Asia-Pacific Biodiv 9 (1), 63-68.
  • Neme L (2016) How the International Trade in Geckos Is a Scam. Website: https://news.nationalgeographic.com. Last accessed 25th July 2018.
  • Reptiles Magazine (2015) Tokay Gecko Care. Website: www.reptilesmagazine.com. Last accessed 28th February 2018. 
  • Herpetological Society of Ireland (2014) Tokay Gecko Care. Website: https://thehsi.org. Last accessed 24th July 2018.
  • Tokay Geckos (2013) Tokay Gecko Fact Sheet. Website: www.tokaygeckos.org. Last accessed 28th February 2018. 
  • O'Shea M & Halliday T (2002) Reptiles & Amphibians. Dorling Kindersley Ltd, UK. pp 60.
  • Gecko Time (2011) 5 Common Gecko Health Problems. Website: www.geckotime.com. Last accessed 28th February 2018.
  • Corl J. (1999) Gekko gecko. Website: http://animaldiversity.org. Last accessed 26th July 2018.
  • Western New York Herp Society. Tokay Gecko Care. Website: www.wnyherpsociety.org. Last accessed 25th July 2018.

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