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Peninsular Leaf-toed Gecko

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The Peninsular Leaf-toed Gecko (Phyllodactylus nocticolus) is the only Gecko species native to the United States of America that is both climbing, and nocturnal. This gecko can be found in southern California on the slopes of semi-desert mountain ranges, extending through the Baja California peninsula. The Peninsular Leaf-toed Gecko prefers open areas with a lot of rocks, desert scrub, and canyons, and can be seen both near and far from water.

The Peninsular Leaf-toed Gecko is a pretty typical gecko. They have a large head, enlarged toe pads, eyelids that do not move, and a flattened body. Of interest is their toe pads. Unlike other North American geckos, the toe pads of the Peninsular Leaf-toed Gecko are swollen and bilobed in shape, and only cover the tips of their toes. This gecko is considered small as it grows to a length of about 2 to 3 inches. As far as coloration is concerned, the Peninsular Leaf-toed Gecko is a translucent gray, brown or slightly pink in color, with dark marking on their dorsal sides, and light marking on ventral side.

The family of geckos that the Peninsular Leaf-toed Gecko is a member of, Leaf-tailed Geckos, are notoriously good climbers. They are never found too far from rock outcroppings, where they hunt for insects and spiders at night. During the daylight hours, they can be found hiding under rocks, in crevices, or under loose bark still on trees. During the coldest months, this gecko will hibernate.

When it comes to breeding, the Peninsular Leaf-toed Gecko lays clutches of eggs that number 1 or 2, just like most other Geckos. Their eggs are normally stuck to rocks or wedged into crevices.


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