Scientific name

Teratoscincus keyserlingii

Locally known as


IUCN status

Critically endangered


The Wonder Gecko is one of the largest nocturnal gecko species in the UAE. Their distribution stretches from Abu Dhabi city to Ghantoot and beyond.

Key threats

 Residential and commercial development, biological resources.

Where they're found today

Across the Arabian Peninsula.

Abu Dhabi’s efforts

EAD conducts surveys on the Wonder Gecko’s habitats and in new areas to see if any unidentified populations exist, in order for us to continuously monitor them.

Fun facts

  1. Wonder Geckos are commonly found active during Summer in coastal sand sheets habitat with shrubs.
  2. They are one of the UAE’s largest and most colorful gecko species.
  3. Hatchling wonder geckos are bright yellow with black bands.
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