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Geckos (Gekkonidae; geitjies)

Austen's Gecko / Austen se Geitjie

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Pachydactylus austeni

Size A small gecko, with adult snout-vent length ranging from 35-45 mm.

Description It has a fairly cylindrical body and an unsegmented tail. The scales on the back are of uniform size and enlarged tubercles are lacking. Like in several other terrestrial geckos , this species has distinct lemon-yellow rings around the eyes. The body is light–brown above covered with numerous white spots of varying sizes. The head above is a dull-grey. The lips and undersides of the body are a dirty white. Despite its beautiful appearance, this gecko is very unphotogenic.

Biology Very little is known of its general biology. Its cylindrical body is a good indication of a terrestrial lifestyle. It is particularly common along coastal sand dunes where it shelters under any kind of debris or in a small burrow dug at the base of a scrub. It is nocturnal and feeds on small insects. Campers may find that this species will visit a lantern placed on the sand to feed on the insects attracted to the light. Like in other geckos, two eggs are laid in a hole dug in the sand in early summer and these hatch in late December.

Distribution Austen's Gecko is restricted to the western coastal regions, from Melkbosstrand in the South to the Gariep River in the North.

Distribution in the GCBC Restricted to the sandy coastal areas in the west

Conservation status Not listed.

Threats Mining activities, coastal development, agricultural activities such as potato farming in the GCBC.

Current studies None


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