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

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 65

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

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

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: 102

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

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

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

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

Field Guide to Fynbos Fauna - Author: Cliff & Suretha Dorse - Published: 2023 - Page: 64

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

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

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