Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol.06, Issue 04, 2000; Page No.(419-428)

SURVEY OF GOLDEN GECKO HABITAT ANALYSIS AND CONSERVATION IN TIRUMALA HILLS

N.V. Nanda Kumar, K.M. Vijaya Lakshrni, M. Rajasekharl, S. Ameer Bashal and T. Ramakrishna

Abstract

A survey was made in Tirumala Hills of Seshachalam range near Shilathoranam area (Natural Bridge) in the rock boulders. About 24 golden geckos (Calodactylodes aureus) were cited in different rock boulders present within I -km distance from Shilathoranam area. The colour ranged from brilliant yellow to brownish yellow and a few matched with the shade of the rock appearing brown. The terminal phalanges of the Golden gecko embryo collected from a matured damaged egg showed expanded phalanges an important anatomical characteristic feature. 7 to 9 eggs were found in each cluster. It is an endemic and endangered animal and the oldest rock formations are of great ecological value, which provide habitat for Golden gecko. This habitat is partly destroyed due to construction of buildings and quarrying. Remedial measures are suggested.

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