Illegal gecko trade rises sharply amid claims it cures HIV

11/17/2011 | Washington Post, The

The wildlife conservation group TRAFFIC says the illegal trade of the Tokay Gecko, a characteristically orange-spotted lizard, has increased over the past few years after inaccurate reports that ingesting it cures AIDS and impotence. The group says the species' existence is threatens and wants the gecko to be granted protection under CITES, an international agreement on endangered species.

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