Arabian Sand Gecko


Name: Arabian Sand Gecko

Scientific name: Stenodactylus arabicus

Synonym: Trigonodactylus arabicus

Type: Nocturnal lizards

Family: Gekkonidae


This is a small lizard with a total length smaller than 15 cm. It has semitransparent pinkish skin and lacks dorsal tubercles. It has characteristic triangular fringed fingers, and they do not have adhesive pads on their toes. This species is a strictly ground dwelling gecko that does not climb vertical surfaces. It is a nocturnal species, and during the day it hides in burrows or under rocks. They can be found in dunes and sandy vegetated habitats. They eat insects and other small invertebrates. Females dig burrows in the sand to lay eggs

World Distribution:

This species is present in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, southern and central Oman and the United Arab Emirates

Conservation status:


Scientific publications:

We have found 8 scientific publications about the species in international databases. All the studies except one are about their geographic distribution and the discovery of new records. The other study concerns parasites in this species. No information about the ecology of the species exists for Qatar

Similar species:

None in Qatar


Haas, 1957

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