Broad-tailed gecko

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Broad-tailed gecko
Broad-Tailed Gecko Chatswood.jpg
Phyllurus platurus in a garage at Chatswood West, Australia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Carphodactylidae
Genus: Phyllurus
Species: P. platurus
Binomial name
Phyllurus platurus
Shaw 1790

The broad-tailed gecko or southern leaf-tailed gecko[1] (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.

Description[edit]

Snout to vent length of 9.5 cm. Total length up to 15 cm. Rocky brown in colour, a flat body and tail.

Habitat[edit]

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.

Diet[edit]

Arthropods such as spiders, moths and beetles.

Reproduction[edit]

One or two eggs per clutch, laid in a crevice.[2] Juveniles hatch after eight to ten weeks.

Captivity[edit]

Considered an "easy to keep" species,[3] a license is required to keep the Broad-tailed Gecko as a pet in Australia.

Related Species[edit]

Related species include the Phyllurus cornutus and other species in the same genus; many of them are newly discovered.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Phyllurus platurus (Shaw, 1790)" The Reptile Database
  2. ^ Hoser, Raymond T. and Game, Cathryn (1989) Australian Reptiles & Frogs Pierson & Company, Mosman, New South Wales, page 78, ISBN 0-947068-08-2
  3. ^ http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/wildlifelicences/ReptileLicensingOutline.htm

Sources[edit]

  • 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
Broad-tailed Gecko in Sydney