The Tana River Gecko (Hemidactylus modestus) is a small lizard and a reptile in the Gekkonidae family of house geckos. It is also known as the Moderate Leaf-Toed Gecko.
The Tana River Gecko is brown with dark-brown mottled markings. Its tail is long and tapered. It has a light underbelly. Its five toes on each foot has leaf-shaped pads that enable it to stick to surfaces. Its nose is elongated. It has bulging eyes with vertical pupils.
It grows to about 20 centimetres (8 inches) long.
It is endemic to the Tana River in Kenya, Africa. It prefers sub-tropical regions.
The Tana River Gecko is carnivorous, eating insects, locusts, beetles, termites, and worms. It lies in wait for prey to walk nearby.
It is oviparous. The female lays 6-15 eggs in a sunny location. The eggs hatch after 42-49 days.
[Location of photographs: near Nyeri, Kenya]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM