Cnemaspis kandiana

Kandy Day Gecko
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Cnemaspis
Species: C. kandiana
Binomial name
Cnemaspis kandiana
(Kelaart, 1852)

Gonatodes kandianus

Kandy Day Gecko, Kandy Rock Gecko Cnemaspis kandiana is a species of diurnal gecko found in Sri Lanka, southern India, Andaman Islands, Indonesia (Sumatra), and southern Thailand.



Head rather elongate; snout obtusely pointed, longer than the distance between the eye and the ear-opening, l.5 the diameter of the orbit; forehead not concave; ear-opening small, oval. Body and limbs rather slender; the hind limb reaching the axilla or the shoulder. Digits slender, the basal part not dilated, scarcely wider than the distal, and with enlarged plates beneath. Snout covered with suboval keeled granules; the rest of the head minutely granulate; rostral twice as broad as deep, with median emargination and cleft above; nostril pierced between the rostral and three or four nasals; 7 or 8 upper and as many lower labials; mental large, triangular, with truncated posterior angle; numerous small chin-shields passing gradually into the gular granules, which are feebly keeled. Upper surface of body covered with small, more or less distinctly keeled granules, intermixed with irregularly scattered small keeled tubercles; flanks with small, widely separated, spine-like tubercles. Scales on the limbs keeled. Ventral scales cycloid, imbricate, those under the neck keeled, the others smooth (or keeled in the var. tropidogaster'). Males with 3 or 4 preanal, and on each side 3 to 5 femoral pores. Tail cylindrical, tapering, above with very small keeled scales and annuli of spine-like tubercles, beneath with larger scales, but no transversely dilated median plates. Brown above, variegated with darker and lighter, these variegations generally forming transverse markings on the back and tail; some-tames a light vertebral band; the spine-hke tubercles on the flanks white; lower surfaces light brown or dirty white, the throat sometimes blackish. From snout to vent 1.4 inches; tail 1.5 inches.[1]

Type locality: Mountains of Kandy, Sri Lanka.


  1. ^ Boulenger, G. A. 1890. Fauna of British India. Reptilia and Batrachia. p. 77-78


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