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Tokay Gecko

Gekko gecko


The Tokay Gecko is the second largest Gecko species, attaining lengths of about 30–40 cm (11–15 inches) for males, and 20–30 cm (7–11 inches) for females, with weights of only 150–300g (5–10 oz). They are distinctive in appearance, with a bluish or grayish body, sporting spots ranging from light yellow to bright red. The male is more brightly colored than the female. They have large eyes with a vertical slit pupil. Eyes are brown to greenish brown and can be orange or yellow.


The Tokay Gecko or Toko is quickly becoming a threatened species in The Philippines because of indiscriminate hunting. Collecting, transporting and trading geckos without a license can be punishable by up to twelve years in jail and a fine of up to 1,000,000 pesos under Republic Act 9147 in addition to other applicable international laws. However, the trade runs unchecked due to the sheer number of illegal traders and reports of lucrative deals. Chinese buyers and other foreign nationals are rumored to pay thousands of dollars for large specimens, reportedly because of their alleged medicinal value or as commodities in the illegal wildlife trade. The Philippine government has issued a warning against using geckos to treat AIDS and impotence, saying the folkloric practice in parts of Asia may put patients at risk.


The Tokay is also considered the "pitbull" of the gecko world due to the fact that when they bite, they often won't let go for a few minutes or even up to an hour or more, and it is very difficult to remove without causing harm to the gecko.

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28 Comments (1–25)

mcaul6515 11 years ago

Awesome! Love the eyes!

Norman Celis
Norman Celis 11 years ago

thanks KarenL

thanks Carol :)

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 11 years ago

What a great photo!

KarenL 11 years ago

Norman, this spotting has been chosen to illustrate the blog today on how the trade in animal products is impacting many species.

Braulio Rivas Tapia
Braulio Rivas Tapia 11 years ago

Oh, a Tokay!
I love these when they are saying Tokay!

Norman Celis
Norman Celis 12 years ago


you can send me an email at

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 12 years ago

Awesome gecko

liuzhang1989 12 years ago

Hi,I am an editor from Digital Camera Magazine Chinese in Beijing ( Our magazine introduce one photographer and his photos about wild animals every issue. We are interested in your photos about Tokay Gecko. May I have your email address to introduce more details about our magazine? Thank you!

Dany Vencatasamy
Dany Vencatasamy 12 years ago

:)that a very great pic !

AntónioGinjaGinja 12 years ago


Norman Celis
Norman Celis 12 years ago

hoping this pic could make it on 2011 Best Wildlife Photo =)) Happy New Year Everyone and more power to Project Noah! God Bless.

Norman Celis
Norman Celis 12 years ago

thank you...

JacquesTarnero 12 years ago

Great pic.

Elsa 12 years ago

Fantastic shot!

Raiyan Ahmed
Raiyan Ahmed 12 years ago

Awesome work!!

Greenphoenix 12 years ago

Gecko in the Philippines were hunted because it was used and traded for Traditional Medical purposes. It's price amounted to 1M per kilo as far as I can remember. ALthough no such research proves that it does and the government banned its trade people still continue to hunt them...

peter 12 years ago

Norman, I noticed all of your spottings are all marked with the same lat/long coordinates. We would love to see a more accurate geocode of where you spotted them. I'm sure not all of your photos were taken in the exact same spot :)

Norman Celis
Norman Celis 12 years ago

thanks guys...

The MnMs
The MnMs 12 years ago

Beautiful shot! congratulations!

Wild Things
Wild Things 12 years ago

Congratulations Norman. Beautiful colours on the creature.

TheresaLawson-Webb 12 years ago

So beautiful, such vibrant colors and intense eyes. Thank you for sharing this beautiful pic!!

peter 12 years ago

Spotting of the Day!

"Tokay geckos have a 'third eye' called a pineal body on the top of their head, which is believed to help coordinate their activity with light conditions."

Norman Celis
Norman Celis 12 years ago

thanks Sean and Doina...

DoinaRussu 12 years ago

excellent shot! great colors, details, compliments!

SeanWeekly 12 years ago

Amazing Picture Norman. Great Macro shot!

Norman Celis
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Spotted on Sep 23, 2011
Submitted on Sep 23, 2011

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