Cyrtodactylus soba — Dumbara Bent-toed Gecko
Also known as:
Knuckles Bent-toed Gecko, Knuckles Forest Gecko
On a mission to see this species of gecko plus a range-restricted species of frog, we parked the car by a visitor center building and set off on a good long hike. We found the frog, then headed up and up until we reached a spot where further climbing was impossible. The trail now followed a cliff's edge, where huge, loosely scattered, and precipitously perched boulders served as prime habitat for these large geckos. By oh-so-carefully edging out towards the precipice, we could shine our lights in the cracks between the boulders hoping to glimpse our gecko quarry. Soon enough, my guide Udaya Chanaka found one, and I belly-crawled to get close enough for a mediocre photo without falling hundreds of feet to certain death.
Satisfied, we turned around and began the long hike back to the parking lot. As soon as we got there we noticed on the outside wall of the visitor center a larger, more beautiful, and far easier to photograph individual.
- Somaweera, R., Somaweera, N. 2009. Lizards of Sri Lanka: A Colour Guide with Field Keys
- de Silva, A., Ukuwela, K. 2017. A Naturalist's Guide to the Reptiles of Sri Lanka