Western Banded Gecko (Coleonyx variegatus)

…is a species of banded gecko (Coleonyx spp.) which is native to  southwestern North America, occurring in southern California, southwest New Mexico, southern Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and northern Mexico. Western banded geckos typically inhabit sandy or rocky desert along with oak and juniper pinyon woodlands. Like some other geckos western banded geckos are nocturnal, emerging at night to feed on small insects and arachnids, including scorpions. If threatened a western banded gecko will attempt to curl its tail over its body in hopes to mimic a scorpion. 


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