Strophurus taenicauda SVL 70mm
(Golden Spiny-tailed Gecko)
What does it look like? Very attractive gecko with large, bright red, orange or greyish eyes, and long tail, often with golden-yellow longitudinal stripe. White to pale grey above, cryptically patterned with small black blotches and flecks on body, head and limbs. Eyes have vertically elliptical pupils, and inside of mouth has dark blue lining. Fingers and toes have enlarged pads and small retractile claws. Underparts pale grey with darker speckling.
Where is it found? The Brigalow Belt of South-eastern Qld.
What are its habitats & habits? Occurs in dry, open forests and woodland, particularly those dominated by ironbark, cypress, brigalow or ribbon gums. Arboreal and nocturnal, sheltering during the day under loose bark and in hollow branches, or among foliage, and emerging at night to forage for small invertebrates. Oviparous, laying 2 parchment-shelled eggs in a clutch. If threatened, secretes sticky fluid from pores on tail, which can irritate the eyes. Classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN, due to habitat loss and fragmentation.