Western Banded Gecko
Coleonyx variegatus

The Western Banded Gecko (Coleonyx variegatus) is a widespread native southwestern gecko which may be found from southeastern California, through much of Arizona and parts of Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico. It occurs well into Mexico as well. The first 11 images on this page show a subspecies known as Tucson Banded Gecko (C. v. bogerti). These images were taken in Tucson, Pima Co., Arizona, in March, 2009, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS lens.

The shot shown here shows the gecko licking its right eye with its tongue, a behavior that cleans the eye. The next shot at right is a cropped version of this image showing the behavior in more detail.
The upper gecko in this image has a regenerated tail, while the lower animal has a natural tail.