Iranian Eyelid Gecko


ANIMAL:                                Iranian Eyelid Gecko Eublepharis angaramainyu
Type of Animal: Lizard
Habitat: Semi-desert, gypsum, stony hills, ruins
Location(s): WC Iran, N Iraq, NE Syria, & SE Turkey
Appearance: Visible ear holes, short thick tapered tail, pale yellow w/ pattern of dark stripes & spots, tail top sometimes has blue, feet/snout/tail tip have pinkish tinge
Food/Diet: Insects, insect larvae, spiders, eggs, smaller lizards (including young of own species), young mice, worms, scorpions
Status in Wild: Stable
Conservation: Breeding from zoos & wildlife centers
Lifestyle: Solitary
Additional Info:
Males: Females: Young: Group:
Called: Male Female Hatchling Solitary
Weight: 3.06 oz 2.88 oz 0.36 oz Gestation:


Life Span:

1 month
Height: N/A N/A
Body Length: 9.5-10.5 in 8-9.5 in 4 in 10 years in wild, 15 years in captivity
Tail Length: 3.31 in 2.65 in 1.34 in
Main predators of adults are snakes, birds, larger lizards, dogs, foxes, cats, wildcats, weasels, mongooses, polecats, jackals, hyenas, camel spiders, large hunting spiders, frogs, wolves, & bears. Adult geckos & scorpions prey on young.
Also known as Iranian Fat-Tailed Gecko, Iraqi Eyelid Gecko, & Western Leopard Gecko.
They’re in same genus as popular leopard geckos.
Toes lack lamellae (sticky toe pads), reducing climbing ability. Instead, they have small claws improving traction while crawling across ground.
Their coloration is perfect for camouflage.
Tail acts as fat reserve, making tail shedding last resort.
Either crepuscular (active at dawn & dusk) or nocturnal.
Unlike many lizards, geckos can vocalize.
These geckos give high-pitched squeaks when captured, & will attempt to bite.
One possible threat is the pet trade.
Fun Fact(s): Angramainyu part of scientific name refers to Angra Mainyu, Zoroastrian spirit of darkness.
The subfamily they’re part of (Eublepharinae) is only gecko family w/ eyelids.
Like most lizards, it can shed its tail. These tails eventually regenerate.
Genus name derived from Latin word meaning good eyelid.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Is it related to the leopard gecko? They look similar.


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