Animal Species:Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko

People often come across strange, leaf-shaped 'creatures' in their backyards. These usually turn out to be the tail from a Leaf-tailed Gecko.

Standard Common Name

Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko

Identification

The Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko has rough, scaly skin and a brown or grey, mottled pattern that resembles the sandstone habitat where it lives.

Size range

15 cm

Distribution

The Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko is found in the Sydney Basin and surrounds.

Habitat

The Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko 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.

Feeding and Diet

The Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko feeds at night and shelters during the day in crevices or under rocks.

Other behaviours and adaptations

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.

Classification

Species:
platurus
Genus:
Phyllurus
Family:
Gekkonidae
Suborder:
Lacertilia
Order:
Squamata
Subclass:
Lepidosauria
Class:
Reptilia
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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