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Eublepharis angramainyu (Western Leopard Gecko / Leopar Keleri)

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Eublepharis angramainyu (Western Leopard Gecko / Leopar Keleri)

Eublepharis angramainyu (Western Leopard Gecko / Leopar Keleri) from Birecik, ŞANLIURFA.

The Leopard gecko ranges in western foothills of Zagros Mountainsand Mesopotamian plain in Iranand Iraq, and NE Syria (Khabur River Region, near the Iraq-Syria border) and Turkey (Birecik, Sanliurfa province) with a vertical distribution between 300 and 1000 m. It has typically deep axial pockets and well-developed movable eyelids (the genus name came after this characteristics, i.e. eu: true+blep: eyelid). Digits short, cylindrical, with transverse lamellae beneath, clawed, the claw partly concealed between two or four lateral scales and an upper scale; pupil vertical; males with preanal pores; dorsum with small juxtaposed scales and larger tubercles; tail shorter than head and body. Adults with a continuous light vertebral stripe, bordered on each side by a broken black stripe from occiput to base of tail; dark markings not confined primarily to tubercles and immediately surrounding scales (as in Eublepharis macularius from Afghanistan and Baluchistan) but confluent, linearly arranged along either side of vertebral stripe; dorsolateral dark markings also linearly arranged, confluent with transverse markings; head with a pattern of dark and light reticulations; no horseshoe-shaped mark, dark or light, on nape; limbs with numerous dark blotches; tail with numerous irregular dark transverse markings, wider than the light interspaces; venter light tan. A juvenile has 3 dark transverse bars across dorsum, first on posterior part of neck and shoulders, second at midbody, third anterior to sacral region; middle bar largest, approximately equal to lighter interspaces, which are interspersed with dark tubercles; margins of dark bars darker than their central portions. When alarmed, these lizards raise themselves high off the ground, even standing on their fingers and toes. It inhabits stony hills and ruins. It is a nocturnal lizard and can be seen most often one hour before midnight; they feed on crickets among stones, scorpions, solpugids, large spiders and beetles, also on small geckos of the same and other species; egg laying occurs from end of May to the beginning of June. You could reach more additional knowledge on all Leopard geckos of the World visiting my related web site.

References:  1. Göçmen, B. (Unpub. results). The results of herpetological trips. 2. Göçmen, B., Tosunoglu, M. & Ayaz, D. (2002). First Record of the Leopard Gecko, Eublepharis angramainyu (Reptilia: Sauria: Eublepharidae), from Anatolia. Herpetological Journal,12 (2): 79-80. 3. Budak, A. & Göçmen, B. (2005). Herpetology. Ege Üniversitesi Fen Fakültesi Kitaplar Serisi, No. 194, Ege Üniversitesi Basimevi, Bornova-Izmir, 226 pp. [2nd Edition, 2008]. 4. Anderson, S. C (1998). The Lizards of Iran. Contribution to Herpetology, Vol. 15, Society for the Study of Amphibians&Reptiles, NY, 442pp.


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Author Bayram GÖÇMEN
Created on Friday 14 May 2010
Posted on Thursday 20 January 2011
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