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Thecadactylus rapicauda is a medium-sized neotropical gecko with a wide geographic distribution over Central and South America. It has a thick conical tail that may be lost easily. The regenerated tail is anteriorly wider than the stump, hence its characteristic turnip shape. Its toes are large and flattened, connected by a basal web. Like most geckos, T. rapicauda is most active at night, and can be found on trees, logs or buildings in the tropical forest. It produces a characteristic "chack" noise to communicate and defend its territory. Its diet includes a variety of grasshoppers, beetles, spiders and caterpillars (Hoogmoed 1973).

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