The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Giant Ground Gecko

Afrikaans name: Reusegrondgeitjie

Giant Ground Gecko

Giant Ground Gecko

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Chondrodactylus angulifer

At a maximum length of 16 to 18 cm the Giant Ground Gecko is hardly a giant of a species. Amongst other ground gecko's it does outgrow them by about 8 to 10 cm. This species is also known as the Common Giant Gecko, South African Ground Gecko and Namib Sand Gecko.

The Giant Ground Gecko is found in the arid regions of South Africa and Namibia.

Their back colouring is fairly variable. It can go from orange to reddish-brown with darker patterns. Underneath they are pinkish-white.

The Giant Ground Gecko is nocturnal and lives its life on, or under, the ground. Each night they dig a new burrow where the can escape the heat of the following day.

They mainly feed on insects including moths, beetles and termites. They also eat spiders and smaller reptiles.

References and further reading

Questions and Answers - Snakes and Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: John Comrie-Greig - Published: 1992 - Page: 14

Bill Branchs Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Bill Branch - Published: 1988 - Page: 193

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Graham Alexander and Johan Marais - Published: 2007 - Page: 309


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