STATUS: Threatened without critical habitat.|
DESCRIPTION: This lizard has a soft, thin, gray brown skin that is composed of fine, granular scales interspersed with larger, smooth, rounded tuercles. On its head the gekobears a sprinkligng of light-colored flecks. Along its neck, the flecks begin to form sparse rows.The ros become distint, ligh-colored bands, interspersed with darker bands down the legth of its body, which is about 5-7.5 cm long. Gecko has large, catlike eyes with verticially ellipticzl pupils. The dark poig;ment under the eyes adds to the reptile's delicate look.
HABITAT: Lives on boulder-strewn hillside of granitic or valcanic outcroppings. These hillsides are found in the deserts of San Diego and Imperial counties aelevations of 300-625 m. The extensive rocky out-croppings whre lizareds reside stand out against surrounding scrubby vegetation composed a gaave, yucca,; cholla, abrittlebush, and acotillo. Most of their time is spent underground in burrows where humidity is relatively higher then aboveground.
Present: Reported from San Diego County to as far south as central Baja California, Mexico, and on San Marcos Island in the Gulf of California. The species has been identified in the desert foothills of the Peninsular Ranges in Sand Diego and Imperial counties, and its range in southern California may be more extensive.
THREATS AND/OR REASONS FOR DECLINE: Disturbance of natural habitat by reptile collectors search for the barefoot banded gecko
Historic: Believed to be same as above.
OTHER INFORMATION: The lizard is nocturnal and comes out at night to hunt samll arthropods which makes up its main diet. The gecko however in turn gfalls pret to several nocturnal carnivores, like owls and skunds. They breed from Mid-May to late July. Females lay two eggs which hatch after about 70 days. IF the tail fo the gecko is broken off it will regenerate a new one.
Life on the Edge. Biosystems Books 1994. Santa Cruz, California