Homopholis wahlbergi - Wahlberg's Velvet gecko
This is a south African species of gecko that likes to hang out in dead trees of the savannah and bush lands. They are a very inquisitive gecko...always looking around and "tasting' the air. They are arboreal, and are agile enough to climb walls and glass. They are really quick, but run different than a lot of geckos that I've had. Instead of the hard swishing side to side and "S" type motion that a lot of geckos make, these run more of tight line. The also have quite a bit of attitude, and show plenty of aggression. They don't hesitate to bite, or at least put on a good display and open their mouths to show their really cool black mouth.
I really like this species because of it's attitude, it's robust stature, and it's coloration. There is something about a contrasting black and white gecko that really catches my eye. They can be found with two different looks...the striped ones like I have, or ones that have a more reticulated/spotted pattern.
Kyle and Krystal Salzmann
(photo of gecko by the author)