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Turquoise dwarf gecko

Lygodactylus williamsi

turquoise dwarf gecko

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.

Animal class
Reptile

Habitat
Rainforests

Diet - Insectivores
Turquoise dwarf geckos eat a wide variety of small insects.

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

Location
Turquoise dwarf geckos can be found in Tanzania in Africa.

Conservation status
The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) considers that the turquoise dwarf gecko is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

Threats
The turquoise dwarf gecko is threatened by deforestation for agriculture and other uses. The gecko is also caught for the pet trade.

Current population 
Populations of the turquoise dwarf gecko are severely fragmented and continue to decrease.

Zoo population 
The turquoise dwarf gecko is soon to be managed under a European Studbook Programme (ESB). There are around 250 turquoise dwarf geckos in zoos world wide.