are lots of different gecko
They are very common, particularly in the northern, tropical half of
Australia, and there are many more than the most familiar - the common
There are at least 60 species but likely much more, and new ones keep
being discovered as the research goes on.
Eastern Stone Gecko. Poster by AllPosters. Click on
Facts about Australian
They are small lizards that inhabit many different environments and
they are harmless to humans.
They can be distinguished from other lizards by their relatively small
size, characteristic feet and large eyes with vertical pupils. They
have just got that gecko look.
They are mostly nocturnal and mostly insect
eaters although some also
include nectar in their diet. Some larger ones can even eat smaller
animals such as frogs
They have soft bodies, no movable eyelids (just an immobile transparent
scale), and their tongues are long enough to reach the eyes to clean
They can live up to 20 years.
Some gecko lizards live in tropical rainforests, but the majority likes
Beaked Gecko. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to
Ground Dwellers and Tree
They can also be divided into those that live on the ground and those
that live up in trees or in rocky areas.
The ground dwellers
narrow feet with thin toes while the tree
and rock dwellers have expanded toe pads that enable them
cling to vertical surfaces (and as we know from house
Rough Knobtail Gecko. Poster by AllPosters. Click on
Some of the Species
Some of the species include Asian House
Broad Tailed Gecko (Phyllurus
platurus), Giant Cave Gecko (Pseudothecadactylus
Leaf-tailed Gecko (Saltuarius
Clawless Gecko (Crenadactylus
Robust Velvet Gecko (Oedura
Prickly Gecko (Heteronotia
Dtella (Gehyra dubia),
Golden Tailed Gecko (Diplodactylus
taenicauda) and Chameleon Gecko (Carphodactylus laevis).
Fat Tailed Gecko. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail
Australian geckoes belong to three families: Diplodactylidae,
Carphodactylidae and Gekkonidae.
Australian Gecko Lizards
Family Diplodactylidae inludes Amalosia, Bavayia, Correlophus,
Dierogekko, Diplodactylus, Eurydactylodes, Hesperoedura, Hoplodactylus,
Lucasium, Mniarogekko, Mokopirirakau, Naultinus, Nebulifera, Oedodera,
Oedura, Paniegekko, Pseudothecadactylus, Rhacodactylus, Rhynchoedura,
Strophurus, Toropuku, Tukutuku and Woodworthia genera. An example is
Eastern Spiny Tailed Gecko.
Eastern Spiny Tailed Gecko. By AllPosters. Click on
Australian Gecko Lizards - Family Carphodactylidae
Family Carphodactylidae includes Carphodactylus, Nephrurus, Orraya,
Phyllurus, Saltuarius, Underwoodisaurus and
genera. An example is Banded Knob Tail Gecko.
Banded Knob Tail Gecko. By AllPosters. Click on thumbnail
Australian Gecko Lizards
Family Gekkonidae includes Afroedura, Afrogecko, Agamura, Ailuronyx,
Alsophylax, Altiphylax, Blaesodactylus,
Calodactylodes, Chondrodactylus, Christinus, Cnemaspis, Colopus,
Crossobamon, Cryptactites, Cyrtodactylus, Cyrtopodion, Dixonius,
Ebenavia, Elasmodactylus, Geckolepis, Gehyra, Gekko, Goggia,
Hemidactylus, Hemiphyllodactylus, Heteronotia, Homopholis,
Lepidodactylus, Luperosaurus, Lygodactylus, Matoatoa, Mediodactylus,
Microgecko, Nactus, Narudasia, Pachydactylus, Paragehyra, Paroedura,
Perochirus, Phelsuma, Pseudoceramodactylus, Pseudogekko, Ptenopus,
Ptychozoon, Rhoptropus, Stenodactylus, Tenuidactylus, Tropiocolotes,
Urocotyledon and Uroplatus genera. An example is the common or Asian
House gecko. Poster by AllPosters. Click on thumbnail to
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