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Leaf Litter Gecko

(Lepidoblepharis xanthostigma)

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The Leaf Litter Gecko is also called Costa Rican Scaly-eyed Gecko. A small gecko with narrow, pointed-oval head; heavy, cylindrical tail; velvety skin with granular scales on back; dark brown or brownish lavender back marbled with lighter areas; head and tail less dark; sometimesa pair of white lines running down sides of back; chin and throat yellowish with brown dots; to 4 cm (1.5in), plus tail. (Gallegode Hojarasca).


Low and middle elevation wet forests, Caribbean and Pacific slopes; found in the leaf litter, often hidden under leaves, and especially in cacao groves and other tree plantations.

Found in the following Parks:

Arenal Volcano National Park.
Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Amistad National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Rincón de La Vieja National Park.
Tortuguero National Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Leaf Litter Gecko (Lepidoblepharis xanthostigma), Costa Rica