Kuroiwa’s Ground Gecko is a beautiful lizard found throughout the Ryukyu Islands. It is currently listed endangered on the IUCN red list of threatened species. This lizard is decreasing in numbers due to poaching, deforestation, and the threat of feral cats. The lizard is high valued in the illegal pet trade market and needs to protected. This is one of my favorite reptiles to photograph on my night adventures in Okinawa.
- Scientific name: Goniurosaurus kuroiwae
- Distribution: Okinawa Islands
- Habitat: Leaf littered forests
- Diet: Worms and insects
- Average Size: 110mm -130mm
This is the first ground gecko I photographed in 2010. I found it under a piece of carpet in Onna Village. Illegal dumping is a huge problem in Okinawa.
In the daytime they live in caves, crevices and holes in the ground
They come out to feed at night.
When they feel threatened they will stand up on all fours and try to intimate you with a stare down.
They have some strange looking feet -
When I approached this ground gecko it stayed in place. I found three Mosquitoes sucking the blood right out of it. the first time I observed mosquitoes on a lizard.
Photographed on white for the Meet your neighbours global biodiversity project. All images are used for conservation awareness and educational purposes.
A wide angle macro perspective .
Pay attention to crossing wildlife!
Let’s protect the beautiful animals of Okinawa!
Have a great day!