Western Banded Gecko

western banded gecko
Western Banded Gecko

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Western Banded Gecko
Coleonyx variegatus

Body length: 2 - 3"
Diet: Arthropods such as insects and spiders

With their colorful banded pattern and deliberate movements, western banded geckos are sometimes confused with young Gila monsters. However, geckos are much smaller, more delicate, and not venomous.

Like a number of other lizards, geckos readily lose their tail to predators. This detached tail continues to wriggle long after the rest of the lizard has made its escape, thus confusing the predator. Though they may be active underground during the day, western banded geckos and desert night lizards are the only truly nocturnal lizards at the Monument. Look for them throughout Tonto Basin on warm summer nights.

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26260 N AZ Hwy 188 Lot 2
Roosevelt, AZ 85545


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Please call if you have any question on Tonto National Monument or the cliff dwellings. Call to check availability and book a guided tour for the Upper Cliff Dwelling (November through April).

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