Photo of the week: Southern forest gecko

Department of Conservation —  26/06/2013

Today’s photo of the week is this beautiful southern forest gecko from the Catlins which was sent in by Philip Melgren of Invercargill.

This gecko is a forest dweller. I have spent many hours searching for populations of this gecko – easily New Zealand’s most beautiful forest gecko especially when a blue eyed specimen is found.

southern-forest-gecko-close-up

The piercing stare of that big green eye and the brown, green and yellow colouring of this species is spectacular. Unfortunately habitat loss has had a profound impact on their population and the threat classification for this species is listed as declining.


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One response to Photo of the week: Southern forest gecko

  1. 
    velocireptile 01/07/2013 at 3:22 am

    Loving this pic!