View Full Version : Wild geckos

04-29-2009, 01:04 AM
I know it sounds totally bizarre, but geckos not only occur in small plastic boxes, but also in their natural habitat!!!

I've been travelling about NSW in Australia recently and I took a few photos of the geckos (and other reptiles) I found. I've only posted the gecko ones.

easily the most spectacular gecko in Australia, the Eastern Hooded Scaly-Foot Pygopus schraderi. I bred some of these last year and this season I also had success.


Another stunning gecko, but this one is far more popular in captivity. The knob tailed gecko Nephrurus levis levis. I found this one on my birthday. She had a blind eye (the one not pictured).

Burtons Legless Lizard Lialis burtonis are lizard specialists and very variable in colour and pattern. These two individuals were found within about 4 kms of one another.


Strophrurus williamsi was found on some Acacia by the road.

A ground dwelling gecko Diplodactylus/Lucasium steindachneri. I can't recall the correct taxonomy right now. They were regularly seen running across roads.

A marbled gecko Oedura marmorata. This one was found in the toilet block where we were staying.

A nice little stone gecko Diplodactylus vittatus that was found near our campsite.

All the best,


04-29-2009, 02:19 AM
The scaly foot is a Pygopodid, very closely related to Diplodactyline geckos. Yes, a legless gecko.

I guess a toilet block would be a building holding several toilets and showers, usually found in campgrounds.

04-29-2009, 04:57 AM
Some great pictures you have :)

04-29-2009, 06:18 AM
Wonderfull finds and pictures!

04-29-2009, 06:28 AM
Nice photo's Henry (i know you from another forum)

04-29-2009, 08:28 AM
That steindachneri is beautiful, as is everything else. Can't wait to do some herping in Australia next month.

04-29-2009, 08:37 AM
Great pics, look forward to more!

04-29-2009, 01:54 PM
Great Pictures, especially the N. levis levis.

04-30-2009, 06:55 PM
You killing me! I want to do some herping in Australia, of course it'd be so infuriatingly wonderful, to look and photo, but not touch or take home these wonderful gecko species. hehehe

04-30-2009, 09:22 PM
Thankyou for the comments. It upsets me when I find out people have poached animals from the wild. I too know the terrible temptation to poach animals from the wild, but now only take photos and let them go. It replaces the urge to take animals home.

The rest of the photos from that trip are here (http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=24581)