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Northern Leaf-Tailed Gecko
Photo: C & D Frith    
Australian Tropical
Reptiles & Frogs
Northern Leaf-Tailed Gecko (Phyllurus cornutus)


  • This gecko lacks the adhering toe disks of many gecko species. Instead as an arboreal species, it has clawed toes which would assist in climbing over rough surfaces.

. Habitat:

    • This is a tree-dwelling nocturnal animal of sluggish movement and thus relies on its camouflaged appearance to avoid detection by predators.
    • They may be found in rainforests and wet sclerophyll forests beneath loose tree bark or in tree crevices during the day and active on trees, rocks and on the forest floor at night.


  • Predators include owls, rats and snakes.


  • Small insects.

Mechanisms to avoid predation:

  • This gecko has developed a tail which looks like a leaf and is similar in shape and size to that of its own head. When disturbed the gecko raises and moves its tail to attract the predator to its tail (as opposed to its head). If the predator then grasps the fatty tail, the gecko is able to drop it and escape.
  • females lay 2 soft shelled eggs

Viewing Opportunities:

  • This gecko is extremely difficult to see unless it is on a background unless it is on a wall or light-coloured tree, where it cannot utilise the advantage of it's camouflaged appearance.
  • Can be found on the rainforest floor under fallen bark from dead tree branches.

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