Although the Tokay lizards of Thailand have adapted well to life in urban surroundings they are still rarely seen, many households may have a Tokay residing in their garden or outhouses but they are not as common as they once used to be. So seeing a Tokay is something of a treat, I’ve seen many Tokay’s myself but usually just fleetingly, while taking a walk in the Pattaya Fitness Park I was studying the broken Buddhas and other religious figurines that had been placed under a banyan tree, I looked up and noticed a large Tokay lizard on the tree, it slowly retreated into a hollow, peering in to the hollow I noticed a line of eggs glued to the inside.
Tokay’s are quite large lizards but this one was easily the largest I have seen, obviously fully mature and probably been residing in this banyan tree all it’s life.
The Tokay eventually backed down in to the hollow of the banyan tree so that it was completely out of sight, that’s a shame because it would have been nice to get a photo of it close to the eggs.
I counted about 13 eggs in the hollow of the tree, no idea how far in to incubation they were but it can take as long as 100 days for Tokay eggs to hatch.