Friday, October 27, 2006

elo Gecko

Phyllurus platurus
Say 'elo to the Southern Leaf-tail Gecko Phyllurus platurus.
They are restricted to the Sydney Basin, living in weathered sandstone outcrop and on the sides of brick houses. They are a large lizard so when they stand up tall on their legs and arch their back and hiss/bark at you it can give you quite a fright as this little fellow did just before he(?) lunged at the string that hangs of the camera. He kept his tail tho'
General scientifical stuff here (search the PDF for platurus) and here. For a fantastic read about how geckos pile up their poo you have to go here (what else do we pay the CSIRO for?).