Camera traps, natural history and news featuring Chan Chich Lodge
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Tiny Tiny Gecko
I was so delighted to find this little creature on my kitchen floor recently. It is a hatchling gecko, Sphaerodactylus glaucus to be exact. Geckos in the genus Sphaerodactylus are the tiniest reptiles in the world with the adult S. glaucus not a great deal bigger than the baby pictured here. They do seem to like being in houses. Every place we've lived in Belize, there have always been a couple on hand -- we call them "house geckos." Sadly though, there is a much larger introduced species of Asian gecko that has become common in Belize, and even in Gallon Jug. They are voracious, and while I appreciate that they eat roaches and other creatures I'd just as soon not live alongside of, I'm afraid they also eat this tiny lizard. Certainly their numbers have diminished in recent years, so it is a rare pleasure to be able to photograph this little fellow.
Came to Belize for "a one year project." That was 1986. With husband Bruce, have studied birds, bats, cats and general biodiversity issues. Based in one of the most beautiful tropical forests in the world: northwest Belize near Chan Chich Lodge.