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Crocodile Gecko

Crocodile gecko is a robust gecko native to North Africa and Europe’s Mediterranean region. The species has been extensively introduced to America and Asia. The gecko is mainly nocturnal, but is also active on sunny days especially at the end of winter.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Sauria
    Family Gekkonidae
    Subfamily Gekkoninae
    Genus Tarentola
    Scientific Name Tarentola mauritanica


    Other Names Common Wall Gecko, Moorish Wall Gecko, Salamanquesa, European Common Gecko, Maurita Naca Gecko
    Size Up to 15 cm
    Weight Male: Around 12 g
    Female: Around 9 g
    Color Brown or brownish gray with light or dark spots; dark bands on the tail
    Distribution North Africa, western Mediterranean region of Europe (native range); America and Asia (introduced)
    Habitat Semi-arid rocky steppes, woodlands of the Mediterranean, also found in urban habitats especially on walls
    Diet Mainly insects
    Hibernation Fact Undergoes hibernation for 6 to 8 weeks
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 2 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 4 months
    Reproductive Age 4 – 5 years in captivity
    Average Lifespan Up to 8 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on November 20th 2016 by under Geckos. Article was last reviewed on 8th August 2018.

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