Yamashina’s ground gecko lives in an area of just 60km² and is confined to a single island (Kumejima), part of Japan.
This species genus, Goniurosaurus, split from all other lizards before the extinction of the dinosaurs!
Yamashina’s ground gecko in an uncommon species, although there is no population data it is thought the population is declining due to habitat loss.
The main threat to this species is habitat reduction resulting from the construction of forests roads and agriculture, the remaining suitable habitat is divided fragmenting the population. There is also the possibility of collection for the pet trade, which is illegal as Yamashina’s ground gecko is assigned the status of national monument in Okinawa Prefrecture.
- Order: Squamata
- Family: Eublepharidae
- Population: Unknown
- Trend: decreasing
Yamashina’s ground gecko is endemic to Kumejima Island of the Central Ryukyus, Japan.
Habitat and Ecology
Yamashina’s ground gecko lives in hilly or mountainous regions covered with broad-leaved evergreen trees or around farmland, and preys on small invertebrates. Females lay a clutch of no more than two eggs.