Asian Reptiles, Asian Wildlife, Wildlife
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Life in the Understory # 2 – Bow-Fingered Gecko

Borneo Bow-Fingered Gecko Cyrtodactylus malayanus Sepilok Borneo Malysia

There are around 5,600 species of lizards living on our planet and around 1,500 are gecko’s (infraorder Gekkota). Scientists keep discovering new species that in one way or another have adapted to their unique habitat, however, despite all their differences gecko’s share some common traits as for example the regular shedding of skin, the voluntary dropping of their tails when attacked by a predator and large eyes, with vertically elliptical pupils that lack eyelids. Many gecko’s have clearly dilated digits with adhesive toe pads – enabling them to run up smooth and vertical surfaces – while others have slender toes as this Borneo Bow-Fingered Gecko (Cyrtodactylus malayanus) we spotted on a night walk in the Sepilok Forest Reserve.


  1. Girl Gone Expat says

    He (or she?) is beautiful. Look at the details on the back and the pattern in the eyes! I am surprised you were able to get so close:) Wonderful photos as always.

    • Thank you so much Inger! Don’t know the gender of this fella – would have had to look underneath I guess 🙂 This gecko seemed to ignore me and was completely absorbed by the mosquitos flying around – ready to snatch one for dinner any moment.

      • Girl Gone Expat says

        I am not sure looking under would have helped me much..hehe! 🙂

  2. I find Geckos very appealing, maybe it’s their big eyes or possibly their cute little fingers. Definitely little charmers. I had no idea there were so many different species, thanks for the info.

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