Species name: Wonder Gecko
Scientific name: Teratoscincus keyserlingii
Locally known as: Burs
Description: 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.
IUCN status: Critically endangered
Key threats: Residential and commercial development, biological resource us.
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.
- Wonder Geckos are commonly found active during Summer in coastal sand sheets habitat with shrubs.
- They are one of the UAE’s largest and most colorful gecko species.
- Hatchling wonder geckos are bright yellow with black bands.