Image: Detached Tail

Detached Tail

When is a leaf not a leaf?

When it's the detached tail of a Southern Leaf-tailed gecko.

Geoff Beech
© Geoff Beech
Pitt Town, NSW
Date taken:
4 November 2007


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

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