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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.


My second Leaf Tailed Gecko spotting, however this is different gecko.

1 Comment

Elsa 8 years ago

Oh wow, what a funky lizard! I love camouflage like this. It really blows my mind how something evolved down to that level of detail.

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Mar 2, 2013
Submitted on Mar 2, 2013

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