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Unlike many other gecko species in New Zealand, the forest gecko is protected but not threatened. They are a nocturnal gecko and feast on small insects, nectar and fruit.
This gecko was flown down to Wildbase hospital from Auckland because one of its eyes had swollen to several times the normal size. Gecko don’t have eyelids and lick their eyes with their long tongue to moisturise them.
This forest gecko weighed only 1.3 grams!
The cause for the swelling was a blocked tear duct so the gecko was given an anaesthetic so the veterinarian could create a hole from the eye to the mouth for the tears to drain out of. The stitch used to do this stayed in for three days and was then removed. The eye was then monitored for a further week for swelling, before the gecko was flown back to Auckland.
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016