Rare Jeypore Ground Gecko

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    About 

    • It is a reptile endemic to India.
    • Scientific Name: Cyrtodactylus jeyporensis
    • Location: 
      • The Eastern Ghats 
      • Known to be present in four locations including southern Odisha and northern Andhra Pradesh.
    • History:
      • The species is rare and was first described in 1878
      • Rediscovered in 2010 and 2011, after a gap of over 130 years.
    • Conservation Status:
      • IUCN Status: Endangered
      • CITES: Appendix II
      • Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972: Not listed
    • Significance of Appendix II:
      • May not necessarily be threatened with extinction, but trade in such species should be controlled to ensure it does not threaten their existence.
    • Threats:
      • habitat loss and degradation, 
      • poaching for domestic and international trade,
      • forest fires, 
      • tourism, 
      • quarrying and mining activity
    • Way Ahead:
      • The regulation is needed to prevent illegal export and control the activities in India.

    Source: DTE