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Mediterranean Gecko

Mediterranean Gecko

Backyard Lizards in Phoenix, Arizona

Ornate Tree Lizard (Urosaurus ornatus)
-- Gray or brown, patterned with darker chevrons, stripes, or spots and measuring mostly less than 12 cm (including the tail). The tail is usually about as long as, or slightly longer than the rest of the body. Blue patch on underside of throat. These reptiles forage during the heat of the day, preferring the vertical habitat provided by tree trunks and block walls. They may seek shade during the hottest periods of the day. Occasionally they venture onto flat ground to capture an insect prey. If one tree lizard spots another they may display at each other doing pushups and flashing their blue throats. More ...
Long-tailed Brush Lizard (Urosaurus graciosus)
-- Very similar to the tree lizard, but tail is about twice as long as the body. Depending on the area of town, this may be the more common of the small diurnal lizards. More ...
Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)
-- Tan in color, splotched with brown and covered with wartlike bumps. Not to compete with tree lizards, this introduced lizard hunts at night. They find insects and spiders around the compost heap and even more productively below the porch light. The toe pads allow geckos to easily climb walls and suspend themselves from the ceiling. Cockroaches are a favorite prey, so they are more than welcome! Both this and the tree lizard hide under the mulch and lay their eggs there. They also hibernate there for several months during the coolest winter months. The Geckos also make a nearly inaudible squeak usually on warm nights and while hidden below the leaf litter. More ...
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