Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kuroiwa's Ground Gecko

True Wild Life | Kuroiwa's Ground Gecko | Kuroiwa's Ground Gecko, or the Okinawan Ground Gecko, is a species of lizard in the Gekkonidae family. It is endemic  to Japan.  Kuroiwa's Ground Geckos only live on the Okinawa Islands and Tokunoshima of the Amami Islands.

The Kuroiwa's Ground Gecko has features similar to what a lizard has. The number of Kuroiwa Ground Gecko is becoming fewer because the outside animals that human have brought in often attack them, and size of forests is shrinking. Kuroiwa's Ground Geckos eat insects, spiders and worms. Kuroiwa's Ground Geckos can't climb up a tree because they have no specialized toe pads like other geckos do. They mainly roam around on the ground.

The Kuroiwa's Ground Gecko is a very unusual creature that only lives on the Okinawa Islands and Tokunoshima of the Amami Islands. Unlike other geckos, it can close its eyelids and has no specialized toe pads. The Kuroiwa's Ground Gecko has features similar to what a lizard has. Because the pattern of the skin varies depending on which island it lives, the Kuroiwa's Ground Gecko is further separated into four different species.

The number of the Kuroiwa's Ground Gecko has become fewer because of forest clearing. It also faces problems like other creatures living in Okinawa may have. For itself being so exotic, Kuroiwa's Ground Gecko is also popular to keep as a pet. Even it is forbidden to keep the Kuroiwa's Ground Gecko as a pet but the human still continue ignore the rule. There are still many trades of the Kuroiwa's Ground Gecko in the black market.

1 comment:

Scagnetti said...

Very interesting! The part where you mention the different patterns depending on the island reminds me of the Galapagos Tortoise Darwin wrote about.


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