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Kinabalu Angle-toed Gecko
   
   

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Family : GEKKONIDAE
Species : Cyrtodactylus baluensis
Size (snout to vent) : 8 cm
Size (total length) : 18 cm

This species occurs in the primary montane forests of Sabah, Northeast Borneo, mainly between 900 and 2200 metres elevation, although there are reports of its occurrence down to 200 metres in other parts of northern Borneo. At night it can be found clinging to gnarled tree trunks at eye-level or in crevices at the base of trees.  

Its dorsal colour is light brown or fawn, with regular brownish-black bands crossing the body and tail. The back of the head may have a similar, but more broken, pattern, or it may be plainly coloured light brown. It lays two rounded eggs under the soil.

The specimen in the photograph was seen in the headquarters area of Mount Kinabalu at an elevation of 1500 metres.


Figs 1 and 2 : Two specimens from Mount Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.


References : H3