Gekko gecko gecko
Pronunciation: gek-O gek-O
Discovered by: LINNAEUS 1758: 205
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Large robust body, red spots with gray to steal blue background, ringed tail, vertical pupils.
8-16 inches, males are much larger than females
Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Myanmar (= Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, S China, Philippine Islands (Palawan, Calamian Islands, Panay, Luzon),
Indonesia (Borneo, Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Lombok, Flores, Timor, Aru),
USA (introduced to Florida and Hawaii [fide McKeown]), Martinique (Caribbean)
Terra typica: "Indiis" (in error); "Java" (designated by MERTENS 1955)
(Distribution Info from EMBL, See "Bibliography & Links" link above) Nocturnal. The males of this species are territorial. Live in crevices during the day and hunt in and around houses, trees and foliage during the night. Males make loud, distinct, "ek-ko" calls during the breeding season. Clutches of one or two eggs "glued" to hard surfaces.
Diet mostly consists of large insects; large beetles, locusts and large winged termites. It is not limited to that though.
Captive breedings of this species are increasing greatly as more and more people have developed an interest in them. They are easy to breed and don't require as much space as people assume, due to their size, although, it is always best to provide captive animals with spacious living quarters. This species will use whatever amount of space is given. High humidity and an average temperature of 85 degrees is sufficient to produce tokays. It is good to have some sort of tunnel or hiding spot for them, that is typically where they will lay their eggs. Cooling is not necessary. The females will glue one or two large hard shelled eggs in the hiding area. Never mist the eggs, as hard shelled eggs can not expand and will drown and eventually explode if watered. The babies hatch within three to six months. They are typically exact replicas of the parents. They can be left with the parents without fear of being eaten.
Very frequently imported. In the wild they frequently live in small family groups consisting of a male, a female and immature offspring. There are a few different color morphs of tokay; calico, amelanistic, melanistic and green. Although not much is known about the actual genetics of the color morphs, and some of them may actually be sub-species or even completely different species.
Lacerta Gecko LINNAEUS 1758: 205
Gekko verticellatus LAURENTI 1768 (fide TAYLOR 1963)
Gekko teres LAURENTI 1768
Gekko aculeatus HOUTTUYN 1782 (non Gecko aculeatus SPIX 1825)
Gekko perlatus HOUTTUYN 1782
Gekko guttatus DAUDIN 1802
Gekko verus MERREM 1820: 42
Gekko annulatus KUHL 1820: 132
Gecko Reevesii GRAY 1831
Platydactylus guttatus - DUMƒRIL & BIBRON 1836: 328
Gekko tenuis [HALLOWELL 1857]
Gekko indicus [GIRARD 1858]
Gymnodactylus tenuis HALLOWELL 1856 - BOULENGER 1885: 22
Gecko verticillatus [sic] - BOULENGER 1885: 183
Gecko verticillatus [sic] - BOULENGER 1894: 82
Gekko gecko - BARBOUR 1912
Gecko verticillatus - DE ROOIJ 1915: 56
Gekko gecko - TAYLOR 1963: 799
Gekko gecko - KLUGE 1993
Gekko gecko - R…SLER 1995: 120
Gekko gecko - MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 231
Gekko gecko - COX et al. 1998: 82
Gekko gecko - ZIEGLER 2002: 165
(Distribution Info from EMBL, See "Bibliography & Links" link above)