Kurdistan leaf-toed gecko

(Asaccus kurdistanensis)


Kurdistan leaf-toed gecko IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC)


Facts about this animal

This species is endemic to Iran and was recently described by Rastegar-Pouyani et al in 2006 (Torki and Sharifi 2007).
The Farhang Torki Ecology and Herpetology Center for Research (FTEHCR) started a program on this species and other Iranian endemic reptiles and amphibians.

Name (Scientific) Asaccus kurdistanensis
Name (English) Kurdistan leaf-toed gecko
Name (Spanish) Camaleón del Kurdistán
CITES Status Not listed
CMS Status Not listed



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Farhang Torki



Range only distributed in Iran, western Zagros Mountains. In two locality as follows: (a) Sarvabad Region in Kurdistan province (Rastegar-Pouyani et al. 2006); (b) Palangan Region, northern Kermanshah province (Torki and Sharifi 2007).
Habitat Wooded and non wooded mountain areas
Wild population No information yet about population size, but it appears to be easy to collect , and the population trend is stable (Red List IUCN 2011)
Zoo population Non reported to ISIS (2008)

In the Zoo

Kurdistan leaf-toed gecko


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 41 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.


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Farhang Torki

Why do zoos keep this animal

This species is currently not kept by zoos. The FTEHCR keeps this species and works on behavioural aspects (condition under capture). Because the Kurdistan leaf-toed gecko is a recently described species from Iran few is known about ecological and biological aspects in this species (Torki and Sharifi 2007). Therefore this species is kept to gain more knowledge about its behaviour.