The tokay gecko is quickly becoming a threatened species in the Philippines, where it is locally known as tuko
, because of indiscriminate hunting. Collecting, transporting and trading geckos without a license can be punishable by up to twelve years in jail and a fine of up to 1,000,000 pesos
under Republic Act 9147 in addition to other applicable international laws.
However, the trade runs unchecked due to the sheer number of illegal traders and reports of lucrative deals. Chinese
buyers and other foreign nationals are rumored to pay thousands of dollars for large specimens, reportedly because of their alleged medicinal value or as commodities in the illegal wildlife trade.
Tokay geckos are frequently traded for medicinal purposes in Vietnam and China.
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