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Southern Leaf Tailed Gecko

Saltuarius swaini


The Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko has rough, scaly skin and a brown or grey, mottled pattern that resembles the sandstone habitat where it lives. The Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko feeds at night and shelters during the day in crevices or under rocks. When the Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko is threatened or attacked, it discards its tail so it can escape to safety. It will re-grow another tail and the missing tail will decompose.


The Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko is found in the Sydney Basin and surrounds. It lives in urban areas and coastal sandstone heath. It is quite common in Sydney and has been known to enter garages and houses in urban areas.


Spotted on the brick wall at the front of my house sitting just under the light.

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AliceGreenup a year ago

No worries :)

Well i am definitely not the person for that job!

AliceGreenup a year ago

Thanks. Not 100% sure with the ID as to whether it is a southern on northern, need someone who knows geckos to confirm.

Yes, very lucky indeed!

AliceGreenup a year ago

Thanks! Unfortunately now i only have a few weeks a year to take photos as i am studying zoology at university, but on lucky occasions i get spottings like this guy!

What a fabulous creature! And yes the eyes are spectacular. Great spotting and photos.

AliceGreenup a year ago

Aren't his eyes amazing! Even looks like he's smiling for the camera

AliceGreenup a year ago


MariaPomsaharova a year ago

wow. very nice :)

New South Wales, Australia

Lat: -28.32, Long: 153.46

Spotted on Aug 15, 2012
Submitted on Aug 15, 2012

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