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Postby rvaneeden85 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:43 pm

Hello Guys,

I found this gecko in my garage and would like to know what type of gecko it is? It was very flat and had a thickened tail. Can someone also explain to me why the thick discoloured tail? I am quite fascinated with the little guy.

I live in Pretoria East.
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Re: Please Identify

Postby Fooble » Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:50 pm

Pachydactylus affinis - Transvaal Thick Toed Gecko.
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Re: Please Identify

Postby Jamster » Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:18 pm

looks very similar to P. capensis. The tail is discoloured because it has had to regrow. The thick tail indicates a healthy individual as the tail is used for nutrient storage:)
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Re: Please Identify

Postby Westley Price » Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:46 am

I agree with Fooble, P. affinis.

They are very variable in colour and pattern, but they are common in most areas of Gauteng.

And Jamster is correct on the reasons for the abnormal tail.
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