Tenerife Wall Geckos
Learn more about Tarentola delalandii from the Encyclopedia of Life
Tenerife, Canary Islands,
By Francisco Mingorance
Almuñécar, Granada, Spain
The medium-sized, 3- to 6-inch-long wall gecko is
found in the Canary Islands of Tenerife and La Palma.
Well-adapted to the temperate forests, shrubland, and
rocky habitat, this abundant species can thrive from
sea level up to altitudes as high as 7,500 feet. Equipped
with claws and climbing pads on their feet and toes,
they are also commonly found scaling urban buildings
and the stone walls of urban and rural gardens and
pastureland. Individuals of this robust genus sometimes
deposit their eggs under stones, and hatchlings
are observed in September.
“During mating season, the males become extremely
territorial and aggressive with other potential competitors.
While researching the wall geckos of Spain,
I was able to capture some truly amazing images,
like this silhouette of two dominant males facing off
over the best breeding territory.” —FM
Canon EOS 1N; 300mm ƒ/4 lens; 1.4x teleconverter;
Fujichrome Velvia film ISO 50; 1/250 sec at ƒ/8; tripod.