Tokay Gecko

Gekko gecko

"Sticky" Fingers

The grey-blue, but colorfully orange spotted, tokay gecko is the best known for climbing any surface, including glass. They often are found living around people in Asia, eating common household insects.

About the Species

One of the largest geckos in the world, these solitary animals have a fearsome bite when threatened.

Tokay geckos can be hard to spot due to their flat bodies and camouflaged skin. If caught, they can shed their tail, although it may take three weeks for it to grow back. With a strong sense of smell, using their tongue and a Jacobson's organ, insect prey can be found easily. Their tongue is also used to clean the scale located on their eye as their eyes do not close. Tokay geckos can be found in and around homes in their native habitat, and unfortunately have been introduced into Florida, where they may become an invasive species.

Words From the Experts

Quotes

Tokay geckos can stick to EVERY surface except for Teflon (unless it is wet, then all bets are off). Their specialized toes are not sticky, but instead have thousands of nanoscale hairs, called setae. Together, the 6.5 million setae on a 50-gram gecko generate enough force to support the weight of two people.

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Did You Know?

The males are vocal, making calls that sound like "gek-ko" to attract a mate.

Facts

Origin

Asia and the Indo-Australia Archipelago

Habitat

Tropical forests on cliffs and trees, but are often found in human habitations

Size

35cm

Diet

Insects, such as cockroaches and locusts

Predators

Birds and snakes

Natural Defenses

Strong bite, hissing and males vocal croak

Reproduction

Females lay 3-4 eggs a month during the 4-5 month mating season

Status

Not Listed

Life Expectancy

Little is known about wild lifespan but in human care can live about 10 years

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