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Stump-toed Gecko

06 May

Gehyra mutilata

Stump-toed Gecko Gehyra mutilata

Stump-toed Gecko found in abandoned building in Bangkapi

Four-clawed Gecko Gehyra mutilata

Stump-toed Gecko found on outdoor restroom in Khao Yai

Stump-toed Gecko Gehyra mutilata

Stump-toed Gecko found under board in Payao Province

Four-clawed Gecko Gehyra mutilata foot lamellae

Stump-toed Gecko foot shot showing lamellae

Stump-toed Gecko Gehyra mutilata head shot

Head shot of Stump-toed Gecko found under board in Phra Khanong

Stump-toed Gecko Gehyra mutilata underside

Underside of Stump-toed Gecko found in house in Phra Khanong

juvenile Stump-toed Gecko Gehyra mutilata

Juvenile Stump-toed Gecko found under board in Chatachuk

English name: Stump-toed Gecko (aka “Four-clawed Gecko”)
Scientific name: Gehyra mutilata
Thai name: Ching-chok-hin Si Chang

Description: To 12.5 cm long. Snout to base of tail is up to 6.4 cm.  A gecko of average length and girth with very soft skin. Skin appears nearly translucent and color can vary from pink to pinkish-grey to yellowish-tan. Younger individuals may have dark markings, but adults are usually patternless other than some small light dots. Some individuals have a pale line down the center of the back. The head often has a line of white or yellow dots coming back from the eye. The toes are short and wide with prominent lamellae. Only four of the toes are clawed, leading to one common name. Underbelly is translucent whitish-pink.

Similar Species: Sri Lankan House Gecko has spines on tail and more regular dark markings on back.
Siamese Leaf-toed Gecko has tubercles on the sides, and longer, more slender toes that lack the lamellae on the undersides.
Flat-tailed House Gecko has flatter tail and often has a yellowish underside.
Spiny-tailed House Gecko has spines on its tail and lacks the light dots behind the eye.

Habitat: Naturally found in forests, but has adapted well to human encroachment and can be found in parks, empty lots, and around houses. Can be found in hollow trees and under boards and other cover during the day, and is active on trees and walls at night.

Contribution to the ecosystem: Helps control insect populations. Has also been known to eat fruit juice and nectar. Provides food for snakes and Tokay Geckos.

Danger to humans: Poses no danger to humans at all.

Conservation status and threats: Is common and widespread. No known conservation threats.

The Stump-toed Gecko is an invasive species in several areas, including Hawaii and Mexico.

Interesting facts: The Stump-toed Gecko has extremely delicate skin that can easily be rubbed off. It should not be handled if possible. In general, it is much healthier for reptiles if you merely observe and photograph them, rather than capturing them, as they are susceptible to injury and stress when being handled.

References:
Hong Kong University: Gehyra mutilata
Ecology Asia: Four-clawed Gecko
Thailand Office of Environmental Planning and Policy: A Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles in Thailand
A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand
A Field Guide to the Reptiles of South-East Asia
Hong Kong Amphibians and Reptiles (2nd Edition)
Herp Center Network: Lamellae

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