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Full name: Mediodactylus kotschyi (Steindachner, 1870)

Endemic subspecies M. k. fitzingeri (Stepanek, 1937)

 

FAMILY GEKKONIDAE:
This family includes 945 different species, most of which are found in tropical regions. They are small size nocturnal species with excellent climbing skills. These abilities are due to the presence of special sucker like formations at the finger of most species, which allow them to easily climb even the smoothest surfaces. The species of this family have the ability to produce sounds, while their skin has many small knobs. In Cyprus, this family is represented by two species, the Turkish Gecko and the Kotschy’s Gecko.

 

Description:
Small-sized lizard with body length that does not exceed 10cm. The pupil of the eye is vertical and expands during the evenings to facilitate night vision. The body color is gray with light brown and it has dark “V” shape figures on the back.

 

Habitat:
It can be found in dry areas with shrubs or in areas with rocks, stones and trunks where can easily find cover during daytime. It can also be found in old house ruins and stone walls. Although mainly active at nights, it can also be found during daytime especially in the course of the colder months of the year. It occurs all over the island from the coast up to the high peaks of Troodos mountain.

 

Diet:
It forage during the night and feeds mainly on small arthropods.

 

Reproduction:
Reproduction starts during spring and can continue until autumn. It lays 1-2 eggs that hatch a month after oviposition.

 

Global distribution: Italy, the Balkans, Ukraine, Turkey, Cyprus, Middle East.

 

Status: Common

 

Special protection:
• Protected by European Directive 92/43/EC (Annex IV)
• Protected by the Cyprus Law 153 (I) 2003 (Annex III)
• Protected by the Bern Convention (Annex II)



About Us

 

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Herpetological Society of Cyprus (HSC) was established in 1990 with the aim of promoting, studying and conserving Cyprus’ herpetofauna. As part of its work, HSC fulfill presentations, educational seminars, studies and researches, along with other activities that relates with informing and educating the public about reptiles Cyprus.

Contact Details
 
 
           Address:   Herpetological Society,
                            P.O box 61435,
                            8134,
                            Paphos, Cyprus
 
           Tel:          +357 26 967600
 
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           Email: HerpetSocietyCy@gmail.com
 

            



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