View Full Version : photos of milii or levis levis in the wild?

01-19-2006, 11:14 AM
does anyone have any photos of these guys in the wild, or any photos of likely environments for them in the wild?


Nathan Hall
01-19-2006, 07:47 PM
Good call, Shawn. I'd love to see some too. Danny? Ari? Sarah? I'd love to see any habitat shots.

01-20-2006, 08:06 AM

You know I never even knew any of these amazing gecko species existed until 3 years ago. And what got me interested is when we went to Maui, and I saw a fluro green gecko with red markings on it, which I now know is a Day gecko.

Prior to this all I was aware of was the common Asian House gecko which is everywhere where I live. I honestly have never seen any of these amazing Australian gecko species in the wild, but I must say I havent really looked when I have gone bush anyway.

Whenever I go "bush", strange term, I try not to interfer or disturb the wildlife. And as a large number are nocturnal they are rarely ever seen during the day. And also a number of the species aren't even found where I live. However I guess there are some species found around the Cairns region - remembering its the tropics where I live - similar to Florida Keys I guess. I generally see lots of skinks, pythons & birds.

My first 19 years I lived in Tasmania - which doesnt have any gecko species at all as far as I am aware, so I cant say I have seen much there.

Next time I go out I will take my camera and see what I can find for you all.

01-20-2006, 08:40 AM
I'm afraid I haven't seen any geckos in the wild other than the Asian House gecko. We have a ton of snakes pythons skinks and dragons, but geckos are hard to spot! Amazing really, I've seen a red bellied black snake on our deck (very scary moment!!), but I've never seen a true Aussie gecko in the wild!


01-20-2006, 07:33 PM
I'm in a local Herpetology group who goes on camping trips and does biological surveys a few times a year. The results of our surveys get sent to the Department of Environment and Heritage where they're put on a state-wide database to track species. It is all above board as a few of our members have permits to collect specimens for the Museum and to even conduct these surveys in the first place (as there are animal ethics involved, permits are required).

Anyway, last October we went to a place called Mount Boothby Conservation Park which was just outside of Coonalpyn in the South East of South Australia. Amongst the reptiles spotted over the 3 days we did find some milii. I don't have any habitat shots unfortunately but these guys were found in Mallee/open woodlands amongst rocky outcrops. Apparently us finding them there extended their range a little.

When the guy does the survey write-up no doubt there'll be some habitat photographs in the report so when I get a copy I can post some shots here but until then it's only my lame description :(

Haven't personally spotted any levis in the wild though.

01-21-2006, 05:14 AM
Male N.l.levis in the wild

Habitat of N.l.levis at Menindee Lakes NSW


01-21-2006, 05:26 AM
Great photos Johan! What was the naughty little Levis doing out of his burrow during the day!

01-21-2006, 06:56 AM
Nice pictures! Now I know where they come from...
I'm wondering how does levis get water in the wild?

01-22-2006, 08:15 AM
Its amazing you know. In the desert regions during the day it can be so hot, and yet at night it can be freezing. Generally they survive by drinking droplets of dew that forms on leaves and litter. Also alot of their moisture would come from what they eat, e.g. other smaller species of geckos, e.g. babies, insects etc.

I have a friend in Alice Springs area and he goes spot lighting sometimes, and its amazing he said he has seen hundreds of Nephrurus.

Up in cairns - alot of people have told me they have seen large Leaf Tailed Geckos - they are pretty common.