A natural history blog by Christian Alessandro Perez-Martinez
The infamous Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko), and what a latin name it has. This colorful and feisty species of gecko is distributed throughout Southeast Asia and is one of the largest geckos in the world. Our first night on Flores Island we had two resident Tokay geckos in the common area, one of which was much larger than I thought was possible. With some luring and fast hands, James and I managed to tease the large one down from the roof and voilá, my first Tokay gecko. Geckos are always such a treat to hold, with their velvety skin and super-adhesive toepads, even more so in this bombastic and defensive individual. Although I didn’t capture this well in a photograph, Tokay geckos have a characteristic dark black throat that they expose to predators when gaping defensively, such a noticeable contrast from the orange and bluish body. Shortly after I took this photo, it got a good bite on my hand — kind of reminded me of the turnip-tailed geckos (Thecadactylus rapicauda) in the Peruvian Amazon.
A few other species of gecko from the Lesser Sundas: