|Phyllurus platurus in a garage at Chatswood West, Australia|
The broad-tailed gecko or southern leaf-tailed gecko (Phyllurus platurus) is a common gecko found in the Sydney Basin. The large tail is used as a decoy, to prevent predation. The tail is also useful for fat storage. This gecko is great for pets and, is an agile nocturnal hunter, useful as a killer of insect pests.
Snout to vent length of 9.5 cm. Total length up to 15 cm. Rocky brown in colour, a flat body and tail.
Rocky areas, particularly in the sandstone outcrops near Sydney. However, it has adapted well to human settlement, finding shelter between bricks, in sheds, woodpiles and garages.
Arthropods such as spiders, moths and beetles.
One or two eggs per clutch, laid in a crevice. Juveniles hatch after eight to ten weeks.
Considered an "easy to keep" species, a license is required to keep the Broad-tailed Gecko as a pet in Australia.
Related species include the Phyllurus cornutus and other species in the same genus; many of them are newly discovered.
- "Phyllurus platurus (Shaw, 1790)" The Reptile Database
- Hoser, Raymond T. and Game, Cathryn (1989) Australian Reptiles & Frogs Pierson & Company, Mosman, New South Wales, page 78, ISBN 0-947068-08-2
- Wilson, Steve and Swan, Gerry (2003) A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia Reed New Holland, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales, page 88, ISBN 1-876334-72-X
- Laube, A. and Langner, C. (2007) "Die “Geckos” Australiens" Draco 8(29): pp. 4–21; in German
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