New gecko discovery in Papua New Guinea

New gecko discovery in Papua New Guinea

Think bumblebee

 

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love new animal discoveries and this little reptile is definitely worth more than just a little mention. He has been named Nactus kunan, which just happens to be the Nali translation to bumblebee. The remarkable colors along the back of this new lizard make black and yellow stripes, similar to the standard bumblebee.

The Nactus kunan is in gecko family, specifically the slender toed geckos. What makes the slender toed geckos different? The slender toed gecko doesn’t have the same toes as the geckos that are commonly found around the neighborhood and at times in the house. The most distinguishing point is that the slender toed geckos lack padded feet and therefore are unable to climb whereas the gecko that you have seen or at least are aware of is able to climb trees and even slick walls.

The Nactus kunan lives on the forest floor and blends in well enough to have remained undiscovered up until now. Its actual discovery was a surprise to many scientists across the globe. The Nactus kunan is still being documented and it’ll take some time to completely determine and understand this new gecko.

This new discovery of the Nactus kunan is proof that our world really is bigger than we could’ve ever imagined and that it still holds secrets that we have yet to unravel. We often forget that there is more than what we know or think we know. This little five-inch Nactus kunan has proven that there is a lot more waiting to be discovered.