Rough-Tailed Gecko


Name: Rough-Tailed Gecko

Scientific name: Cyrtopodion scabrum

Synonym: Gymnodactylus scaber

Type: Nocturnal lizards

Family: Gekkonidae


This is a small lizard with a maximum body length of about 10 cm. The body colour varies according to the colour of the nearest habitat, but is usually brownish grey, with some maroon-coloured patches. The toes are thin and long and lack expanded toe pads, but they can climb high walls and rocks. This species is active at night and during the day it hides in crevices and under rocks. They can be found in almost all habitats in Qatar, but is abundant in humanized sites like gardens, farms, old buildings, artificial wetlands and cities. They eat insects and other small invertebrates. Females lay clutches of one or two eggs several times a year from about April to October. Communal egg-laying sites have been observed in valve pits in Ras Laffan and Qatar Foundation

World Distribution:

The species in Qatar is present in the mainland and Halul Island. It is present in South-Western Asia and Eastern Africa (Turkey, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen. Its type locality is Tor (Sinai, Egypt)

Conservation status:

It is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List

Scientific publications:

Bunopus tuberculatus

Similar species:

Bunopus tuberculatus


Heyden, 1827