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Moorish Wall Gecko

Tarentola mauritanica

Description:

Adults can measure up to 15 cm, tail included. Robust body and flat head. Back, legs and tail with prominent conic tubercles. Its regenerated tail is smoother and doesn't have tubercles. Obtuse mouth, big eyes with no eyelids and vertical pupil. Fingers with big lateral growths and adherent division less laminae in the bottom face. Only the third and fourth fingers end in union. Brownish grey or brown coloration with darker or lighter spots. These colours change in intensity according to the light. When they are active by day their colour is darker than during the night. It can be found on many construction sites, ruins, rock fields, tree trunks, etc.

Habitat:

Native to the Western Mediterranean region of Europe and North Africa and widely introduced to North America and Asia.

Notes:

Osga-moura (Portuguese)

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Algarve, Portugal

Spotted on Aug 19, 2005
Submitted on Sep 23, 2012

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