Sunday, December 11, 2011

Stone Gecko (Diplodactylus vittatus) 11/12/11

Brendon uncovered this small Stone Gecko while cleaning up fallen leaves around the house.

Stone Gecko

(Diplodactylus vittatus)




Stone Gecko - Identification

  • Head and body length: 6cm
  • Total length (including tail): 9cm
Dumpy body. Dark brown with a pale, deeply notched zigzag stripe down back from neck to tip of a short plump tail. When tail is regenerated, this stripe stops abruptly at the breakage point. Toes slightly expanded to form pads.

Habitat

Shelters in burrows and shallow depressions under stones and fallen timber. Dry bushland, particularly lightly timbered areas.

Distribution

Largely absent from suburbs, common in moderately dry peripheral bushland. Brisbane records include Mt Crosby and Mt Gravatt. Drier parts of eastern Australia

Status

Common




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