- Slightly elongated snout.
Slightly flattened tail.
- Beige dorsal surface with brown spots.
White ventral surface.
Tail with dark brown bands.
Cyrtopodion scabrum reaches adult lengths of ~11.5 cm (4.5 in).
In North America, Cyrtopodion scabrum is found only in the Galveston area, where it was presumably introduced by boats originating in northern Africa or the Middle East.
This nocturnal gecko seems to have similar habits to Hemidactylus turcicus (e.g., living on building, eating insects), but little else is known.
A native of Egypt, Sudan and India, this introduced species of gecko now makes its home in urban areas, in and on buildings.
The rough-tailed gecko is not a protected species in Texas and can be legally collected with a hunting license.
In Texas, Cyrtopodion scabrum is restricted to Galveston Island.