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Turners Gecko

Chondrodactylus turneri

Description:

About 2 dm in size (head to tail). Very calm. This gecko has splayed toes with adhesive discs at the tips, enabling it to travel along all surfaces, even upside down on the cealing.

Habitat:

Found in a sewer at night. A lot of bugs and moths fell down there, unable to climp or fly up. However the lizard did not seem to be in "feeding mode" at the time for the photograph.

Notes:

Geckos are gregarious creatures, and 20 or more may share the same shelter, leaving it at night to feed on insects. Although they are nocturnal, geckos do sometimes appear during the day, especially early mornings and late evenings. If attacked by a predator, usually birds, the gecko sheds its tail quite easily, diverting the predators attention in order to escape. A new tail will grow to replace the original one.

2 Species ID Suggestions

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago
Bibron's Thick-toed Gecko
Pachydactylus bibronii Bibron's gecko
KateBraun
KateBraun 7 years ago
Turner's Gecko
Chondrodactylus turneri Swaziland's Reptiles Database


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9 Comments

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Thank you for that information Kate. I will update the spotting. Cheers!

KateBraun
KateBraun 7 years ago

I believe that the gecko we get in Swaziland has been reclassified and is now known as Chondrodactylus turneri, rather than P. bibronii.

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Hej Lisa :)

I have used that page a little bit before when trying to ID a Tortoise. That page is a good start, and a good guideline for a reptile noob like me ;)
The photos are not that good yet there though, but perhaps that will change in the future.

Thank you Lisa

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 7 years ago

Tiz, you might find this database very helpful in the future:
http://www.sntc.org.sz/reptiles/speciesl...

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Thank you again Ashley! This turned out to be an interesting specimen, with few previous records from that area! Aaron, happy for the confirmation as well :)

And dear Jack, thank you for your nice commen :)

Jack Settle
Jack Settle 7 years ago

Beautiful gecko, and great pictures!

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

I immediately thought of Turner's Thick-toed Gecko when I looked at it, so I just looked for ones in range in the same Genus and found this guy :)

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 7 years ago

I was thinking Bibron's gecko but I haven't seen one in years. I was too lazy to look it up. ;-)

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Oh, thank you Ashley! Very kind of you :)

Tiz
Spotted by
Tiz

Sifundza seLubombo, Swaziland

Spotted on Nov 10, 2013
Submitted on Nov 16, 2013

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