Tokay Gecko Eggs at the Debrecen Zoo

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Geckos seem to have a splendid time at the Debrecen Zoo, judging from the fact that their newly acquired female laid two eggs on July 31.

The largest of all gecko species, tokay geckos have been named after the iconic vocalizations performed by males during mating. They lay their eggs in pairs on rocks or in tree hollows 3 to 4 times a season. The babies are expected to hatch in 55 to 65 days, practically miniatures of their parents, with an average length of 5 to 6 centimeters. The male resident of the Zoo is quite special as he has two tails instead of one.

Native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia, tokay geckos are a nocturnal species with iconic russet spots on their greyish skin. Endangered primarily by urbanization and excessive hunting in their natural range (their tongues and internal organs are attributed a supernatural healing power), they are included in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.


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