Okinawa five-Lined skink

[Japanese Name] okinawatokage
[Scientific Name] Eumeces marginatus
[English Name] Okinawa five-Lined skink
[Dialect Name] -
[Classification] Squamata

Anderson's crocodile newt


[Japanese Name]

[Scientific Name]
Tylototriton andersoni


[English Name]
Anderson's aligater newt

[Dialect Name]


Amami Island,Tokunoshima Island,Okinawa Island,Tokashiki Island


Sword-tailed newt

 Adult female
Adult female. Photo © Paolo Mazzei

Ryukyu Black-breasted Leaf Turtle

The "Ryukyu black-breasted leaf turtle" is a tortoise with a shell 13-15cm long. It dwells mostly on the ground and rarely goes into the water. It is distributed in the northern region of Okinawa proper,Tokashiki and Kume islands. It lives mainly on the damp soil of ravines in forests. It is omnivorous and eats sprouts and tree-seeds besides earthworms, insects and shellfish found in the soil.

Oriental Grounded Gecko

The "Oriental grounded gecko" appears to be a lizard, but it belongs to the gecko family. Its overall length measures approximately 15-18 cm. It hides in rock crevasses during the day but becomes active on the ground after dark. Since it has some of the pristine features of a gecko family member such as undeveloped eyelids, it is called a living fossil. Members of the Tokagemodoki ground gecko family have different markings on their bodies depending on where they live and are divided into the following five subspecies.

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