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Deccan Ground Gecko

Geckoella dekkanensis

Description:

Due to the lack of any kind of eyelids, the Deccan Ground Gecko keeps cleaning the eye from time to time with its tongue (as seen in pic no: 2). Pic no 3 shows a grasshopper playing with the Gecko. A White-banded, ground-dwelling gecko from the low country of the Northern Western Ghats. Body stout, cylindrical, covered with small, granular scales; head moderately large; scales on belly over-lapping; tail short, weakly swollen at the base, and tapering. Belly unpatterned and cream in colour. Inhabits dry, flat scrub and thinly forested areas. Nothing is known of its diet or reproductive habits.

Habitat:

Restricted to Maharashtra State.

Notes:

Details taken from the book: A Photographic Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of India by Indraneil Das.

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20 Comments

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Thank you Mona :)

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago

Beautiful series.. I love this.. :)

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

It is mostly seen at nights.

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

Must be a shy creature. Never saw it ,considering the fact it is found all over Maharashtra. Solapur,Nagpur,Poona.....

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

:-) It may be possible that even this species has similar behavior. But, I don't think much has been documented about this species. I will research.

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

Of course the grasshopper was not captive. in the wild Whales have been known to play "Ball" with seals ,only to come later on and eat it.

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

They prey in this case was not captive. The Gecko let the grasshopper get away :-)

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

i have read that some animals play with their prey when they are not eating it. They eat it at their convenience.

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Thank you Jemma! The Grasshopper touched the eye and the Gecko jerked it off. Even I was shocked as to why it was not gulped down.

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

the third picture of it playing with the grass hopper is too cute!! doesn't the gecko eat it?

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Thanks Jemma :-)

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

awesome series , Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Thanks Sachin. I am glad you liked this series :-)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago

A class apart series Satyen,

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Just for information: the first shot has been taken using the light from a torch.

Wild Things
Wild Things 7 years ago

Thank you Daniele, Lauren and Neil for your kind comments.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Excellent photos, Satyen. Good info too.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Really beautiful photos, I agree with Daniele, the first picture is magical! Amazing how you caught the tongue in action cleaning the eye.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

The first shot is magical: beautiful light..

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

There he is! Awesome series Satyen.

Wild Things
Spotted by
Wild Things

Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Aug 30, 2013
Submitted on Sep 3, 2013

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