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Small gecko – loud voice

Avatar of inke inke - 12. March 2019 - Environment

Carp’s barking gecko is endemic to Namibia and occurs only in the Namib Desert on the gavel plains north of the Kuiseb River to around Rocky Point. This nocturnal species is some six centimetres long and feeds on small insects.

Dirk Heinrich

Anyone who has spent an evening in the Namib Desert or in the Kalahari must have heard the loud call of a barking gecko, especially during the summer months. Most visitors think that a bird must be responsible for the repetitive keck-keck-keck-keck-keck sounds. But it is a gecko, about six centimetres long, which lives in a burrow of up to a metre with numerous tunnels and at least one escape exit.

Namibia is the only country with three types of barking geckos. Carp’s barking gecko (Ptenopus carpi), named after Dutch-born South African amateur naturalist, Bernhard Karp (1901 – 1966), and Koch’s barking gecko (Ptenopus kochi), named after the founder and first director of the Gobabeb Desert Research Station, Carl Koch (1904 in Vienna – 1970 in Windhoek), are endemic to Namibia. The common barking gecko (Ptenopus garrulus) is endemic to all of southern Africa and occurs in the arid areas of Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and a small part of southern Zimbabwe.

For more information about barking geckos please visit Namibia Outdoor

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