Mauritanian tarente is increasingly present in the Toulouse region. You can participate in a study to analyze its distribution in the Pink City.
You may have seen it on the walls, trees or rocks of Toulouse, in particular rue Colombette, aux Carmes, or Saint-Cyprien. Native to the Mediterranean regions, the Mauritanian tarente, also called tarente du midi, a stocky-looking gecko of about fifteen centimeters, has taken its ease in the Pink City. The exception is that global warming strongly impacts the populations of lizards and snakes.
“For the past twenty years, tarente has been very present in Toulouse, one wonders whether climate change and urbanization have favored the expansion of this species outside its range. The heat released by urban materials and human activities generated more significant heat island phenomena, especially at night, when geckos are more active, ”explains Luis Martín San José García, researcher in the Evolution and Biological Diversity laboratory from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse.
Take part in the national study on Mauritania tarente
To learn more about this gecko, Luis and his Toulouse laboratory colleagues, in collaboration with the Société herpetologique de France (SHF), launched GeckoLocalisation, a national “citizen science” project. Individuals are invited to respond to a anonymous online questionnaire. “These models will allow us to know the most important environmental variables for geckos and predict how they will be distributed in the decades to come as the environment changes. This will allow us to get a map of the geckos in the city to know precisely what type of buildings they prefer, and if heat islands are more likely to attract them. “
The first analyzes should be done in November with results expected in spring 2022.