What are your favorite facts about these geckos?
Iranian fat-tailed geckos’ name was inspired by their bulbous tail, which acts as a fat reserve. It can also help them get out of sticky situations if they shed it as a last resort defense against a predator.
This species is also known as the Iranian eyelid gecko, since they belong to a very small and unique subfamily of geckos with eyelids (Eublepharinae). Other geckos do not have eyelids, so they can’t blink!
Do these geckos have sticky feet?
No. None of the species in this genus have the “sticky” lamellae on their toes. However, these geckos do have small claws that help them climb over rocks and dig into the ground.
When are they most active?
Iranian fat-tailed geckos are nocturnal, so they spend the majority of the day sleeping. When they aren’t resting, they are usually exploring their exhibit, hunting for prey—look for those lizard tongue flicks!—or digging in the dirt and sand to find the perfect napping spot.