Beauty of Jordan: Spotted Fan-Footed Gecko

Geckos are more or less ubiquitous throughout the tropics, but visualizing them outside of such environments poses a challenge. Ptyodactylus guttatus, however, is a desert-dwelling species I found and photographed extensively in Jordan. Not only was this species my first subject to attempt capturing nocturnal macro photographs of, its residence within my own probably saved me quite a few mosquito bites over the weeks we shared it. 

Although they were shy, I was able to figure out that there was a mated pair nesting just outside my room. I tried photographing it, but the angle was quite dangerous (leaning over an edge without handholds above a 30-foot drop or so), so no luck. Here’s one of the pair just in front of the nest.

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