Adult with intact tail, beneath rock in xeric Chihuahuan Desert scrub on rocky ridge
Gravid adult female with recently autotomized tail, beneath rock on rocky xeric-vegetated slope.
Under sandstone rock.
Under rock with scorpions.
Lovely little Desert Banded Gecko (Coleonyx variegatus variegatus), around 2 1/2 inches long. Found stuck in garden supplies, trapped in a garage. Carefully transferred it to open area of the rural property it was found on, away from domestic animals. Normally not found this close to homes in the area from local observations.
Coleonyx is a genus of terrestrial geckos commonly referred to as banded geckos. They are found throughout the southwestern United States, Mexico and south into Central America. They are relatively small lizards, measuring about 5–6 in (13–15 cm) inches in length. They are nocturnal and are found primarily in dry, rocky habitats.