Slevin´s Sand Gecko


Name: Slevin´s Sand Gecko

Scientific name: Stenodactylus slevini

Synonym: Stenodactylus arabicus

Type: Nocturnal lizards

Family: Gekkonidae


This is a small lizard with a total length smaller than 15 cm. It is a very colourful gecko without dorsal tubercles but with yellow/orange colours on the dorsal side of the body. It does not have adhesive pads present in their toes. It is a nocturnal gecko and during the day they hide under rocks. It is a strictly ground dwelling lizard species that does not climb vertical surfaces. It is found in hard substrates with stones and compact sand, and near sandy vegetated habitats. It eats insects and other small invertebrates. Females dig burrows in the sand to lay the eggs

World Distribution:

This species has been recorded in north-western Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, and southern Iraq. Scattered records have been also described for some parts of the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Yemen

Conservation status:


Scientific publications:

We have only found 7 scientific publications about the species in international databases. Most studies are about their geographic distribution and the discovery of new records, and also about osteology and physiology. No information about the ecology of the species exists for Qatar

Similar species:

Stenodactylus doriae


Haas, 1958

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