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Small in Stature! Big in Attitude

By achieverswales
Thanks everyone for your comments and votes on my beautiful Grandson, today A Tokay Gecko taken up at Angie's, they are tiny but kept trying to bite, and when held he squealed, Below some info.

The Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko) is a nocturnal arboreal gecko, ranging from northeast India, to Nepal and Bangladesh, throughout Southeast Asia, Philippines to Indonesia and western New Guinea. Its native habitat is rainforest trees and cliffs, and it also frequently adapts to rural human habitations, roaming walls and ceilings at night in search of insect prey. Increasing urbanization is reducing its range. In the late 1980s and early 1990s it was introduced into Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Belize, and several Caribbean islands, where it can be considered an invasive species.

The Tokay Gecko is the second largest Gecko species, attaining lengths of about 1120 inches (2851 cm) for males, and 719 inches (1848 cm) for females, with weights of only 150400g. They are distinctive in appearance, with a bluish or grayish body, sporting spots ranging from light yellow to bright red. The male is more brightly colored than the female. They have large eyes with a vertical slit pupil. Eyes are brown to greenish brown and can be orange or yellow.

Males are very territorial, and will attack other male Tokays as well as other Gecko species, as well as anything else in their territory. They are solitary and only meet during the mating season. Females lay clutches of one or two hard shelled eggs which are guarded until they hatch. Tokay Geckos feed on insects and small vertebrates. They have developed such a strong bite for a lizard their size due to specializing in preying on beetles. They are able to crack the beetle shell easily due to this.

The typical lifespan is 710 years, however in captivity some Tokays have been known to live over 18 years.

Their mating call, a loud croak, is variously described as sounding like token, gekk-gekk or Poo-Kay where both the common and the scientific name (deriving from onomatopoeic names in Malay, Sundanese, Tagalog, Thai, or Javanese), as well as the family name Gekkonidae and the generic term gecko come from. The call is similar to the call made by Gekko smithii (Large Forest Gecko).

When the Tokay bites, they often won't let go for a few minutes or even up to an hour or more, and it is very difficult to remove without causing harm to the gecko. For this reason, it is considered to be best as an ornamental animal for experienced reptile owners.

Tags: Male Reptile Orange Close-up and macro Gray Tokay gecko

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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 12:43AM
Just love the attitude that you have captured so well here.
paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 12:45AM
Great series of captures. Excellent character.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
2 Jul 2012 4:20AM
As you indicate in the title, it does look as if it had attitude by the bucketload, Trev: each shot is worthy of the V 1 slot but your existing V 1 with enormous gaping mouth takes some beating.
2 Jul 2012 5:12AM
Another set of well taken shots, Trevor.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
2 Jul 2012 5:34AM
What a beautifully marked fella, Trev, and a great set of image, especially V.1. Carol
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
2 Jul 2012 6:09AM
Waw!!Beautiful set with great detail,lovely colour
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
2 Jul 2012 6:42AM
Superb series, what a beautiful animal.

Glyn1 9 4 1 England
2 Jul 2012 6:49AM
Cracking series, well captured.

2 Jul 2012 7:02AM
Superb close ups and series Trev so sharp and colourful, love your V3 shot.

PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 7:19AM
Great set and love the 'down it's throat' view in V1. Fascinating write up too Trev. thanks for the info. Didn't know all that.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 7:45AM
That looks a feisty little chap. Well captured.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 8:25AM
Great title for this set of wonderful .... albeit not beautiful images....
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 8:56AM
Fine set Trev.

The last time I encountered these was in Dubai. The were crawling over our Bedouin tented ceiling of our bedroom!SmileSmile

I contacted reception and was told to ignore them as they disappear in the daytime!

Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
2 Jul 2012 9:51AM
V3 is the winner for me Trev.....

Metro6R4 7 3 1 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2012 9:57AM
All good Trev V3 for me...........
2 Jul 2012 12:10PM
all very worthy of the No. 1 spot excellent detail and texture in all shots Trevor superb....often as not i could easily end up with one of these in my bedroom at night when i live in Indonesia as long as you know they are there it is fine but if you dont as they often hide behind wardrobes etc and they let out one of their crys during the night scared the bejaysus out of ye!!

Very fine set

Happy new week

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
2 Jul 2012 2:28PM
A wonderful set of this chap, Trev...he seems to be laughing at you! Wink
Trev Smile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
2 Jul 2012 9:39PM
What a beautifully coloured and marked little chap, this is another super sequence of images in this series
9 10 10 England
2 Jul 2012 10:52PM
So pleased to be No.30 Trev for this excellent and very colourful set.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2012 12:27AM
Beautiful little "dragon"! Well done. Gorgeous eyes and scales colours!

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