Baby Web-footed Gecko
Also referred to as Namib Sand Gecko, Pachydactylus rangei (Gekkonidae) is a very attractive gecko, found in Namibia and Angola. It is distinctive by its webbed feet, an adaptation that allows these geckoes to quickly scroll through their sandy environment. They also have translucent skin, mostly a somber brown or gray color which helps them blend in with the desert sands.
The Web-footed Gecko is nocturnal and insectivorous, but they are known as inefficient hunters because their prey (such as grasshoppers, small spiders, and any arthropod small enough for them to digest) can easily avoid them. However, by hunting at night, they are able to take advantage of the lack of competition from other lizards during the hours when insects and spiders are off their guard. Their large eyes and vertical pupils help the gecko to see well at night.
Synonyms: Palmatogecko rangei Anderson, 1908; Syndactylosaura schultzei Werner 1910
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Locality: Sesriem, Namibia