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Caicos Sphere-toed gecko

Sphaerodactylus caicosensis

Description:

This is one of the smallest geckos in the world these adults being only 6cm or about 2 inches long from tip to tail. They develop a spotted, leopard like pattern as they age to camouflage with leafy undergrowth habitat. The base colour is an opaque beige with the tail ending in a bright orange or brown. The tail is speculated to be used as a lure for catching prey or escaping predators.

Habitat:

Cool, leafy undergrowth of tropical dry forest. Mainly under rocks or fallen trees out of the sun.

Notes:

These are day geckos but are more commonly when the weather is coolest and wet. After rain or early in the morning or in the late afternoon. They have a very relaxed temperament and are not skittish at all. The pictures shown are of two specimen found they were photographed and returned that same day. The thumb drive gives a size reference.

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hg_williams3
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Turks and Caicos Islands

Spotted on Apr 14, 2012
Submitted on Jan 5, 2014

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