Middle Eastern Sand Gecko


Name: Middle Eastern Sand Gecko

Scientific name: Stenodactylus doriae

Synonym: Ceramodactylus major

Type: Nocturnal lizards

Family: Gekkonidae


This is a small lizard with a total length smaller than 15 cm. It is quite a colourful gecko showing pinkish skin with yellow and dark reticules, but without dorsal tubercles. The toes of the forefeet are fringed but they have not adhesive pads in their toes. They do not climb vertical surfaces but are strictly ground dwelling geckos. This is a nocturnal species, during the day it hides in burrows. They can be found in vegetated sandy habitats. They eat insects and other small invertebrates. Females dig burrows in the sand to lay the eggs.

World Distribution:

This species ranges from south-western Israel and southern and eastern Jordan into Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Yemen, Oman, Iraq and Iran

Conservation status:


Scientific publications:

We have found 15 scientific publications about the species in international databases. Most studies are general and about their geographic distribution. Few studies focus on ecology, osteology, tail regeneration and genetics. No information about the ecology of the species exists for Qatar

Similar species:

Stenodactylus slevini


Blandford, 1874

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