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- A new species of gecko has been discovered in the Western Ghats near Rajapalayam in Viridhunagar district of Tamil Nadu.
- It has been named as Cnemaspis rashidi.
- The new species was found at an altitude of 1,245 metres at Kottamalai estate near Rajapalayam.
- So far, 93 species of gecko have been documented and this is the 94th species.
- The new species is also called Rashid’s dwarf gecko as it is the smallest among the genus.
- It is approximately two inches long from its snout to vent.
- The dwarf gecko has been found in small numbers and it is endemic to the Western Ghats.
- Geckos are small, mostly carnivorous lizards that have a wide distribution.
- They are found on every continent except Antarctica.
- These colorful lizards have adapted to habitats from rain forests, to deserts, to cold mountain slopes.
- Geckos shed their tails if a predator grabs them.
- Like other reptiles, geckos are ectothermic, producing very little metabolic heat.
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