The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Cape Gecko

Afrikaans name: Gewone Dwerg-geitjie

Cape Gecko

Cape Gecko

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Lygodactylus capensis

Most of us are familiar with the Tropical House Gecko in our houses but we are not so familiar with this little chap. This is the Cape Gecko otherwise known as the Cape Dwarf Gecko.

The Cape Gecko reaches a total length of only 10 cm which is about 5 cm shorter than its house-dwelling cousin.

This gecko can be found on fallen branches, low vegetation and fences.

They mainly eat ants and termites.

References and further reading

The Reptiles of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar, WD Haacke and NHG Jacobsen - Published: 1983 - Page: 46

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 70

Suburban Wildlife in KZN - Author: Dr. Jason Londt - Published: 2009 - Page: 102

The Living Deserts of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Darry Lovegrove - Published: 2021 - Page: 131

Suburban Wildlife in KZN - Author: Dr. Jason Londt - Published: 2009 - Page: 100

Reptiles & Amphibians of Southern Africa - Author: Warren Schmidt - Published: 2006 - Page: 53

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 241

Bill Branchs Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Bill Branch - Published: 1988 - Page: 201

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 176

A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa - Author: Graham Alexander and Johan Marais - Published: 2007 - Page: 321


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