Yellow fan-fingered gecko (Ptyodactylus hasselquistii)
A total of six fan-fingered geckos came to the Zoo in December of 2012 from Clyde Peeling's Reptilland in Allenwood, Pennsylvania and can be seen in the Main Building. This is a medium-sized, slender species with a narrow, relatively flat head and an elongate snout. Limbs and digits are relatively short and slender, end in widely splayed toes, tipped on either side by a wide, fan-like fringe.
Status in the wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Unlisted.
A widespread species, this gecko’s range extends throughout North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East. Populations occur from Morocco east to Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, north as far as Iran, and south as far as eastern Ethiopia and northern Somalia. This lizard is a common inhabitant of the arid, rocky environments that are characteristic of its range. It occurs on boulders, rock faces and in caves located among river valleys, hills and mountains up to elevations of 6,500 feet (2,000 meters). This species is also sometimes found in buildings. It is often found concentrated near vegetation or sources of water.
Insects and arachnids.
- A relatively vocal species, male yellow fan-fingered geckos can be heard calling with a series of clicks at night over a distance of up to 160 feet.
- This gecko is a nocturnal species, emerging after dusk from daytime refuges such as caves and crevices to feed on insects and arachnids.
- Yellow fan-fingered geckos are exceptional climbers due to the remarkable ability of its specialized toes. Their undersides are covered with rows of lamellae, and these are covered with tiny structures termed setae.