Wahlberg's Velvet Gecko

© Tyrone Ping

Name

Wahlberg’s Velvet Gecko (Homopholis wahlbergii)

Class

Reptilia

Order

Squamata

Family

Gekkonidae

Wahlberg’s Velvet Gecko Description

Male and female Wahlberg’s velvet gecko’s measure 90mm to 110mm in length, making them rather large geckos. They are a light to dark greyish-brown colour on their backs, marked by dark and light crosslines and often a line of blotches along the spine. Their bellies are an off-white colour and vaguely spotted, and no black band on their snouts.

Diet

They predominantly feed on grasshoppers and cockroaches, but also eat termites, millipedes and big insects.

Breeding

Females lay two large, hard-shelled eggs under bark or in the cracks of rocks.

Wahlberg’s Velvet Gecko Distribution

The Wahlberg's velvet gecko can be found in South Africa in Zululand and Limpopo. It also occurs in southern Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Eastern Botswana.

Field Notes

These geckos have been reported to inhabit a variety of environments from coastal scrub to savanna, and have been seen taking shelter in rocky overhangs, under rocks and dried leaves.