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Yellow-headed Dwarf Gecko

Lygodactylus luteopicturatus


The Yellow-headed Dwarf Gecko is a small species of African gecko with an average length of 80 millimetres (3.1 in). The body and tail are grey, contrasting with the yellow head. Right above my head on the first shot as we are checking each other out.


Rocky areas. Spotted here in an urban garden near the beach. Distribution: southern Kenya, eastern Tanzania, and Zanzibar.


Lygodactylus is a genus of diurnal geckos with approximately 60 species, commonly referred to as Dwarf Geckos. They are mainly found in Africa and Madagascar although two species are found in South America. Previously spotted in Zanzibar:

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80 Comments (1–25)

I got a gecko to only it's a eye lash crested gecko

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you yunseong1!

yunseong1 9 years ago


DanielePralong 10 years ago

Belated thanks Braulio, Olivia and Michele!

MicheleMorbidelli 10 years ago

Great shot

Olivia Chee
Olivia Chee 10 years ago

Lovely shot! Great expression!

Braulio Rivas Tapia
Braulio Rivas Tapia 11 years ago

I haven´t favorited this yet?
But it´s an AWESOME spotting!
Why could I be so...
Nevermind. Congrats!

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thank you Karen, and everyone for your kind words! Dragoon, you're correct! I was trying to photograph a butterfly with a macro lens when I came nose-to-nose with this little guy. I changed lens for the last 3 shots.

LeanneGardner 11 years ago

Congratulations Daniele!

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Beautiful! Congratulations Daniele!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 11 years ago

Love the eyes and the beautiful coloration! Congratulations on the honor, Daniele!

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Congratulations, Daniele!

Such a cute spotting! Congratulations Daniele!

Dragoon 11 years ago

Beautiful! That must've taken a small aperture-- I'd guess 1.8 or 2.8 on the first two? Great captures of a great little fella!

pamsai 11 years ago

congratulations Daniele. Not at all surprised that this got a place in the Best of 2012. It would have been unfair if it hadn't. I love it!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 11 years ago

Congratulations Daniele :):)

KarenL 11 years ago

Congrats Daniele! This adorable little gecko has been chosen as a runner up in the Best of 2012, reptiles category.

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks for your comment mhosadurga!

mhosadurga 11 years ago


DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thank you Noel!
bayucca :-)

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 11 years ago

@Daniele: I agree with you that this little guy has therapeutic properties just by looking at the image :-) Great photos!!!

bayucca 11 years ago

Look at my icon... You would never find out that's me!

DanielePralong 11 years ago

I've been found out:-))))

bayucca 11 years ago

I know this guy from the rangers chat!

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks Daacwen, Blogie and Alice! This little guy even has therapeutic properties if you look at this image for long and often enough! See:

Spotted by

Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salam, Tanzania

Spotted on Apr 15, 2008
Submitted on Jun 8, 2012

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