Stenodactylus sthenodactylus — Overview

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A medium-sized gecko, robust or slender, with maximum recorded SVL 60 mm. Head large and snout relatively long and pointed; nostrils swollen or project strongly; neck distinct. Limbs rather long and slender. Tail less than SVL and rather thick. Average tail/SVL ratio = 0.88. Cloacal tubercles usually in one row and do not protrude strongly at the base of the tail. Three nasals, first supralabial, and rostral enter the nostril; rostral is excluded in some populations. Body scales uniform, smooth or rough and juxtaposed. Dorsals slightly larger than ventrals. Digits slender, very slightly depressed. One row of tricarinate subdigital scales, bordered by two rows of obliquely directed pointed scales. Pre-anal pores present in some populations. Dorsal coloration sandy or grayish, usually with irregular brown bands intermixed with whitish or yellowish spots. Iris grayish. Usually an irregular brown line extends behind the eyes across the occipital region. Tail with 8-12 dark and light bands, which increase in contrast distally, becoming almost black and white along its terminal portion. All ventral sides are white. Females are larger than males.


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