The Temiah rock gecko is known from a single location in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia around 4 km²!
The Temiah rock gecko is a member of the gecko family Gekkonidae which diverged 65 million years ago; about the time dinosaurs went extinct!
This species is rarely encountered and, although in places where it does persist it may be abundant, some of the trails where the Temiah rock gecko used to reside have been destroyed.
Temiah rock gecko is reliant on vegetation but the main threat to this species is habitat change by the conversion of rainforests for agriculture and tourist development.
This gecko is not currently present in any protected areas so preservation of remaining habitat is required to ensure the survival of this species.
- Order: Squamata
- Family: Gekkonidae
- Population: Unknown
- Trend: decreasing
The Temiah rock gecko is only known from Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands plateau, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia, at approximately 1,600 m above sea level.
Habitat and Ecology
Temiah rock gecko lives solely on vegetation and does not show any affinity for rocky habitats typical of other members of Cnemaspis. It is assumed that this species is secretive and diurnal (active during the day) however it has never been seen during the day, at night it has been seen sleeping on the trunks of trees. It is thought that the Temiah rock gecko breeds all year round.