Thai man vows to pay 3 million baht for giant gecko

Photo: Sanook
Photo: Sanook

A man has stirred up excitement on social media with the announcement that he would pay at least THB3 million to anyone who can provide him with a very large gecko.

Geckos, known as tukkae in Thai, come in various sizes and are commonly found roaming free in Thai houses, especially in the countryside. But, to earn the big reward, Sorasingha Nikoson has specifically asked for a gecko that is at least 17.5 inches long  — that’s a hell of a gecko.

And, the larger your lizard, the more you earn. Sorasingha is willing to pay up to THB5 million for an outrageously large reptile.

The Facebook user, who resides in Hat Yai, said that he is connected to a Malaysian investor, who is looking to buy tukkae for a lot of money in order to extract a mysterious “cancer cure” from their tails, reported Sanook.

He also shared an instructional video of how to correctly measure a tukkae. The caption said: “This is how to properly measure it [a gecko]. It’s a video from a Malaysian investor who will only buy geckos of the specified size. If your geckos do not reach the length desired, don’t call and ask me if I want it so we both won’t waste time. And don’t ask nonsense questions.”

So if your gecko is small, go away.

Salamandra, a German Journal of Herpetology, stated in their research that there is a belief in Southeast Asia that geckos are believed to contain elements that can treat not only cancer but AIDS, asthma, and tuberculosis. While the use of geckos for medicinal purposes could date back to the 10th century, there is no scientific evidence that geckos can cure illnesses, according to a statement by World Health Organization.

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