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Turquoise dwarf gecko

Lygodactylus williamsi


The turquoise dwarf gecko is sometimes called the electric blue gecko. Only dominant males have the really vivid blue colour. Females, youngsters and subordinate males are green or copper in colour.

The male will court a female by flattening his body, puffing out his black throat patch and bobbing his head. Females lay one or two hard-shelled white eggs and stick them onto a hidden surface. The eggs hatch in around 90 days.

The turquoise dwarf gecko can be up to eight centimetres long.

Animal class

Reptile

Conservation status

The turquoise dwarf gecko is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild and is under threat from deforestation and the pet trade.

Habitat

Rainforest – found in rainforests in Tanzania in Africa.

Population

Wild populations of this species are severely fragmented and are continuing to decline.

Diet

Insectivore – eats a wide variety of small insects.