I'm reposting this thread because I found a book to ID the gecko
We have a number of the following geckos at our house in Marloth Park. They are quite big and sturdy in build. What is interesting, is that with these guys around we don't have the "pale geckos" that you normally find in Kruger. WTM
mentioned that he also noticed that these two types of geckos don't share the same space. He said that he had the pale ones at his old house, and at his new house, he only has the ones below. DQ
posted a photo of this gecko that was taken in Kruger (could you please repost, very nice photo
replied to my request for an ID, saying that he did find this gecko in a book, but according to his book this gecko is not found in Marloth/Kruger. Jannie, I looked in the "Sasol field guide to Snakes & other reptiles of South Africa", and agree with you! The distribution map in this book also indicates that this gecko is only found in the western regions of the country.
The gecko is the Bibron's Thick-toed Gecko. The book describes its habitat as varying from karriod veld, semi-desert, to arid and mesic savannah.
These geckos are gregarious, forming large colonies. Their length is between 15-20 cm. Their bite can be painful, but is not poisonous (are there actually geckos that have a poisonous bite?
). Although they are aggressive, they make good pets.
Jannie, you mentioned that you forwarded the question about this gecko's presence in Marloth to a friend who is working on a distribution map for reptiles (is that right?). It would really be nice to get his input on this.