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Caicos Sphere-toed gecko

Sphaerodactylus caicosensis


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.


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


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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Turks and Caicos Islands

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

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