Tenerife In the Canary Islands Has Lizards, Geckos And Skinks But No Snakes
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Geckos and Skinks of Tenerife
In addition to the lizard species of Tenerife, a species of skink is found dwelling on the island. The West Canary Skink (Chalcides viridanus) has a sleek and shiny physique, and with its tiny legs it might look extra like a small snake until you look carefully at it.
The West Canary Skink tends to stay in partitions and under rocks on scrubland, waste floor and abandoned farmland. It mainly eats insects and spiders. This skink doesn’t get seen as typically as the lizards because it not often basks within the sunshine and spends much of its time underneath cover.
There are additionally two sorts of gecko that stay on the island of Tenerife.
The Tenerife Gecko (Tarentola delalandii) principally comes out at night time when it hunts its prey.It is broadly distributed on the island.
It is an endemic species, and may be found underneath rocks on tough floor, on the walls of buildings, in addition to residing in the cracks in stone walls. The Tenerife Gecko is normally some shade of gray but is very variable in its colouration. These geckos could make sounds and may typically be heard at night once they sound quite loud and are making an unusual noise that is troublesome to explain.
The Turkish Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus) was orignally introduced to Tenerife, and it’s thought that it might have arrived by boat through the capital metropolis port of Santa Cruz.
The Turkish Gecko tends to be an virtually translucent pinkish-brown flesh color. This species is also nocturnal. Under cowl of darkness it hunts insects and spiders on the walls and ceilings of buildings.
The Turkish Gecko can climb up flat partitions and walk the other way up across ceilings. It manages to carry on resulting from its specifically adapted toes. These geckos are often found close to lights where they catch moths, flies and other insects.
The Turkish Gecko also lives in the international locations around the Mediterranean Sea, in North Africa, Southwestern Asia and India, and has colonised some American States where it has been introduced.
The Turkish Gecko can drop its tail if it is in danger but can grow a brand new one to replace the lacking half. Lizards and other gecko species can even do this.
In some components of the world it’s thought that having a gecko in your own home will deliver you luck. They will definitely help keep the place freed from insects and spiders.
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Jean DAndrea 22 months ago from Victoria, Australia
This was interesting, as I did not know there were no snakes on Tenerife. Geckos are amongst my favourite reptiles, as they eat plenty of insects and mosquitos. Love the brown skink photo.
I do not know the place you’re however you possibly can keep it as a pet I suppose. Many individuals do keep geckos. They feed on insects. Keep me posted please on what you do with it.
Rach 5 years ago
Just found a Tenerife gecko in my lounge, it must have come again in my husbands suitcase from Tenerife. Omg what ought to I do with it!
AuthorSteve Andrews 5 years ago from Tenerife
Thank you! Stone Island I agree!
backwaterreptiles 5 years in the past
These tenerife geckos are beautiful.
AuthorSteve Andrews stone island denims 6 years in the past from Tenerife
Thanks for commenting!
WillSteinmetz 6 years ago
ReptileRevolution 6 years ago from California
Nice lizard pics.