Geckos sunbathing with lagartixas

Previously, back in March, I reported that the introduced species of gecko, Tarentola mauritanica, was sunbathing side by side with the endemic lagartixa (Lacerta dugesii) without showing any competitive behavior.

During summer I looked around for geckos but I was not able to spot any. In November I started seeing geckos again in day light.

The gecko on the following photo hid but let its tail exposed allowing a close-up. Note its prominent conic tubercles resembling a crocodile tail (maybe that’s why this species is also known as ‘crocodile gecko’):
gecko-tail If it looses its tail the regenerated tail would be smoother without tubercles.

This species present claws only on the third and fourth toes of each foot. We can clearly see one of these claws in the photo above.

Before I got closer this same gecko was sharing a hole with 2 lagartixas:
gecko-lagartixas
Another photo showing the peaceful coexistence of the two species in the same wall:
gecko-lagartixa These photos were taken in Câmara de Lobos.

We know that geckos are cold blood animals and that this species is mainly nocturnal. Considering the time of year that this gecko species was seen in day light, it seems that only in the colder seasons the gecko needs to get energy directly from the sun (as most other reptiles do). In Summer, during the day, the gecko hides in wall crevices and holes, while at night it will stand outside on the surfaces that were exposed to sun, from which the gecko can get the heat it needs to become active and start catching insects.

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