Gundis are found on rocky outcrops, screes, hills, cliffs, and mountains in desert, subdesert, or desert edge habitats between sea level and 8,200 ft (2,500 m). Geologically, the rocks may be of any age and of any type from recent lava flows to ancient folded sandstone. In some areas, road building sites have also been occupied. Rocks must not be too large, and fissures, crevices, and caves are essential for permanent and temporary shelters, while ledges, flat rocks, and boulder tops are used for sunbathing. Gundis often favor a site with an easterly aspect, exposed to the morning sun, and ideally some part of the site should also catch the evening sun.

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