Turquoise Dwarf Gecko

Turquoise Dwarf Gecko

  Reptiles and amphibians

Turquoise Dwarf Gecko

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Turquoise Dwarf Gecko

Scientific name:
Lygodactylus williamsi
Family:
Geckonidae
Class:
Reptilia
Phylum:
Chordata
Year of description:
Loveridge, 1952
IUCN Status:
Critically Endangered
CITES-status:

It is one of the most critically endangered species and its international trade is only under certain conditions.

Distribution:

The turquoise dwarf gecko is an endemic species that lives solely in 8 km2 of Kimboza Forest in Tanzania.

Habitat:

It lives in the tropical plant forests , in the foothills of the Ulugura Mountains in eastern Tanzania (East Africa).

Size:

It measures between 7 and 10 cm.

Diet:

The turquoise dwarf gecko feeds mainly on small insects, nectar from flowers and fruit pulp.

Where can I find it at Nausicaá?

MANKIND AND SHORES

Submerged forest

Turquoise Dwarf Gecko

Did you know?

In the wild, the turquoise dwarf gecko lives in families on the same plant called a screw pine.

The maximum incubation period for turquoise dwarf gecko eggs is 50 days.

Turquoise Dwarf Gecko
 

This small gecko is sometimes difficult to spot in its terrarium. You can spot it when it moves.

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Where is the animal to be found?

It lives in the tropical plant forests of Tanzania.

How can it be recognised?

The male can be recognised by its electric blue colour and the female by its brown and mossy green colour.

What is distinctive about it?

The turquoise dwarf gecko feeds mainly on small insects, nectar from flowers and fruit pulp. This species is oviparous. The female can lay about twenty eggs per year.

Threat and protective measure

It is one of the most critically endangered species and its international trade is prohibited except under certain conditions.

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