Amatola Flat Gecko (Afroedura amatolica)
Distribution: They are endemic to the Amatola mountain range of Eastern Cape.
Description: Small flat gecko with large eyes and a fat segmented tail. Adults are uniform white/grey with black/brown mottling all over the body.
Habits: A rock-dwelling (rupiculous) species that can be found in rock cracks, often in large aggregations, in areas with grassland and thicket.
Reproduction: Egg-laying species that lays two hard-shelled eggs underneath rock flakes.
Conservation concern: Least concern.
Diet: Invertebrates. They are nocturnal hunters.
Danger to man: None.
Predators: Small mammals, larger reptiles and birds.
Similar species: Other flat geckos of the genus Afroedura.
Interesting Facts: This species forms small colonies and up to 10 individuals can be found under the same rock flake.
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