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Common Barking Gecko

Afrikaans name: Gewone Blawwende Geitjie

Common Barking Gecko also known as the African Barking Gecko

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Ptenopus garrulus

The Common Barking Gecko is also known as the African Barking Gecko. It is a small reptile that only reaches a length of around 8 cm.

These small geckos are endemic to South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. They favour desert, or semi-desert, conditions so they are only found in the western arid regions of South Africa.

The Common Barking Gecko emerge from their day time shelter around sunset which is when they make their 'barking' call.

They are only active for a short period each day during which they hunt for food. They eat ants, termites and small beetles.

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