Wahlbergs Velvet Gecko

Wahlbergs Velvet Gecko


Vital Statistics

Name
Wahlberg's Velvet Gecko [Homopholis wahlbergii]
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Gekkonidae
Length_F
90 - 110 mm
Length_M
90 - 110 mm

Description

The Wahlbergs Velvet Gecko is a large velvet gecko. The back is light to dark grey-brown, usually with irregular pale and dark crossbars, and often with a series of pale vertebral blotches. The snout lacks a black band. The belly is cream and is sometimes lightly spotted.

Distribution

The Wahlbergs Velvet Gecko is found in Zimbabwe and Southern Mozambique, into adjacent Zululand, the Northern Province and Eastern Botswana.

Breeding

A pair of large, hard-shelled eggs are laid in a rock crack or under bark.

Diet

Large insects, particularly grasshoppers and cockroaches, but they also eat termites and millipedes.

Field Notes

Personal observations have noted the nocturnal Wahlberg's Velvet Gecko in a number of habitats from coastal scrub to savanna areas and have seen them taking refuge in overhangs, under rocks and even in dried leaves.



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