About 70 species of reptiles and 2 amphibian species have adapted to the desert conditions of the UAE. Although they are currently classified as ‘Least Concern’ on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species, EAD constantly monitors the reptiles inhabiting key protected areas such as Jebel Hafeet, Marzoum PA, Mangrove National Park, Houbara PA and offshore islands.
EAD is also investigating the habitats and lifecycle of the rarely seen Wonder Gecko, in order to develop a Conservation Action and Management Plan for it.
Main sources of threat: Habitat loss due to construction and development, hunting and human persecution
Current IUCN status: Dhofar Toad – Least Concern, Arabian Toad – Least Concern, Sand Boa – Least Concern (Desert Monitor and Wonder Gekko are not classified by the IUCN)
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