Design

Tokay Gecko

The tokay gecko smells using its nose and the Jacobson’s organ, which is a pair of sacs lined with sensory cells in the palate. The tongue transports airborne molecules of scent to the Jacobson’s organ. This gecko can leave its tail behind when a predator has hold of it. This part will continue to move while the lizard then escapes. This function probably developed after the Fall to help this species stay alive. Don’t worry; it has the ability to regrow its tail. The feet of the gecko are specially designed to allow this creature to cling to almost any surface—from trees and leaves to ceilings and walls.

Features

  • The tokay gecko is the largest species of gecko today.
  • It is often gray with bright red spots. It can lighten or darken its skin to provide camouflage for itself.

Fun Facts

  • You can see straight through the head of the tokay gecko by looking through its ears.
  • A tokay gecko can unfold its skin to prevent its body from casting shadows on a tree.
  • The name “tokay” comes from its courtship call: “to-kay, to-kay.”

Created Kind Members

Golden gecko, crested gecko

CLASS: Reptilia (reptiles)
ORDER: Squamata (amphisbaenians, lizards, and snakes [scaly])
FAMILY: Gekkonidae (geckos)
GENUS/SPECIES: Gekko gecko


Size: About 14 in (0.4 m)
Weight: 0.3–0.7 lbs (0.1–0.3 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Insects, mice, and small lizards
Habitat: Rainforests, mountainsides, rocky outcrops, and deserts of Southeast Asia