pictures in the wild? do they exist?

EnigmaEcho

Neo Starpphire Enigma
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strangest thing that frustrates me is i can not find images of geckos in thier natural habitat! if anyone could direct my lost sense of navigateing the web, id be extreemly greatful!
the only things i know is that geckos: tend to burrow for dark/warmth/moist/egg laying purposes
live in rocky hot climates

just trying to get a better idea of a naturalistic hide :)
 

rickmoss95

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i remember seeing an article in the old national georaphic magazine(i think that is what magazine it was in) like fifteen years ago...so there are some pics somewhere im sure, but it is really odd there arent more. i would guess that the fact that they are nocturnal and live most of their lives underground may have something to do with it, but that has not stopped people from getting pics of other animals with similar habitat...maybe people are just scared to go to the part of the world where these geckos live...taliban and snakecharmers may scare everyone off...? good question though, worth doing some research on for sure....where is seamus when we need him???
 

Golden Gate Geckos

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I haven't seen many photos of leopard geckos in their natural habitat, but this last publication of Gekko Magazine from the Global Gecko Association (GGA) shows several shots of an E. angramainyu in the wild, as well as a detailed description and photos of the terrain. This sub-specie is found in the Zagros Mountain barrier between Iraq and Iran. Here are some photos of that geographical area:







Leopard Geckos are also abundant in the Hindu Kush, in Eastern Afghanistan and Northwestern Pakistan. These photos were taken by US and Allied Troops where leopard geckos were observed (note: the only SAND you see is in the river beds and where our GI's dug a bunker):








 

Thorgecko707

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It's hard to get pics cause of the export ban so you can't go herping. And war going on. Try to snap pics with a cell phone and get chewed out by a CO. Can't be chasing geckos while on duty.
 
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rubyreyaspeedy

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Leopard geckos live in dry climates. They are most abundant in pakistan :main_cool3: They do live underground to cool of when they aren't basking in the sun
 

TokayKeeper

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they are primarily nocturnal, so i dont think they bask in the sun much, if any at all.
They most likely vicariously bask, i.e., they'll thermoregulate underneath thinner rock slabs to up body temps. Then again, I'm assuming an old world gecko fulfills a niche very similar to that of our desert southwest new world eublepharids. Additionally, I'd be willing to bet they'll bask to some degree during the beginning and late portions of their activity season. Many nocturnal species are well documented at being crepuscular to partly diurnal during these times of seasonality changes.
 

MidSouthMorphs

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When I was in Iraq and Afghanistan. We had time for herping if we came across something if we had a little down time. I was in the Marine Corps so we always had regulations a little more strict than others. Their is ALWAYS down time, especially in this war.
 

gecko4245

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I haven't seen many photos of leopard geckos in their natural habitat, but this last publication of Gekko Magazine from the Global Gecko Association (GGA) shows several shots of an E. angramainyu in the wild, as well as a detailed description and photos of the terrain. This sub-specie is found in the Zagros Mountain barrier between Iraq and Iran. Here are some photos of that geographical area:







Leopard Geckos are also abundant in the Hindu Kush, in Eastern Afghanistan and Northwestern Pakistan. These photos were taken by US and Allied Troops where leopard geckos were observed (note: the only SAND you see is in the river beds and where our GI's dug a bunker):








HMM:main_robin: looks more green and rocky to me. I think the sand thing is bolony!
 

Daedric1

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There's a number of reasons why few pictures and documents exist regarding this species in the wild. Some have already been stated.

Just to name some of them (in no particular order of significance):
1. Few people wish to travel (including researchers) to this area of the world.
2. It's dangerous.
3. It's sparsely populated and desolate (which relates to #1).
4. Science is not particularly valued in this part of the world. This is particularly true when it comes to biology.

It really is too bad.
 
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