Boavista Leaf-toed Gecko
This rare gecko species comes from the remote and isolated Cape Verde island chain 350 miles off the West coast of Northern Africa. These sorts of isolated and remote locales tend to be home to unique species found no where else in the world. Hemidactylus boavistensis, which was elevated to full species status in 2008, is found on only 2 small islands in this archipelago which is rapidly being developed for tourism. This, along with the establishment of non-native gecko species on the islands makes it likely that the population of this interesting species will decline. I picked up 3 small, unsexed geckos at Tinley in 2014. I haven't had them long enough to form a strong impression, but so far I find them alert, inquisitive, and attractive little geckos. Hopefully I will end up with a mix of sexes which will allow me to breed these in the future.