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Central American Smooth Gecko

(Thecadactylus rapicauda)

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The Central American Smooth Gecko is also called Turnip-tail Gecko. A large gecko with triangular head, distinct from neck; brownish lavender, tan, or gray with darker blotches or bands; dark eyestripe running to shoulder; various kinds of scales on body; partly webbed hands andfeet; newly-grown tails often greatly enlarged (the "turnip") and lighter in color than body; to 11cm (4.5in), plus tail. (EscorpiónTobobo).


Low elevation wet forests, Caribbean and southern Pacific slopes; found often in houses and buildings, and on rocks near human settlements.

Found in the following Parks:

Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Tortuguero National Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Central American Smooth Gecko (Thecadactylus rapicauda), Costa Rica