New leaf-toed geckos found living on remote volcano
A major effort to identify every reptile in the Galápagos has revealed three new species—and one is likely already endangered.
The Galápagos Islands are already famous for their unique reptiles, from giant tortoises to rock-dwelling marine iguanas. Now, scientists have announced the discovery of three new geckos to add to the list—and one of them lives on a volcano.
A team of U.S. and Ecuadorian herpetologists recently found one of the leaf-toed geckos during a grueling expedition to Wolf Volcano, the most remote of the five volcanoes on Isabela, the largest island of the Galápagos archipelago.
"It takes a long, very expensive expedition, and once you get there you have to climb the slopes of the volcano, which takes a lot of effort, and a big team,” says herpetologist Alejandro Arteaga, director of science for the