Read About Australian Gecko

Australian Gecko are lizard breeds found in Australia, which is rightfully called the 'land of reptiles' The lizards in Australia can be as small as a matchstick (skink) to the two-meter long goanna. But all of them are not geckos. Everything you need to know about them is contained in this article.

Australian Gecko -- Facts

  1. Description:

    There are many gecko lizard species found in Australia. These like normal lizards and reptiles can crawl on vertical surfaces because of their superiorly designed feet which can create suctions. Out of the all the different varieties, the most important ones are the dtella and the Lesueur's gecko.
  2. Varieties:

    There are about 107 different gecko breeds found in different parts of Australia. Some of the more commonly found ones are the dtella, crowned gecko, tessellated gecko, wood gecko, marble gecko and the knob tailed gecko.
  3. History:

    Australia was always a separated land from the other continents. The evolution of the geckos here is also a part of that isolated process. Most of the geckos found in Australia are not found anywhere else in the world.
  4. Physical Traits:

    Almost all geckos look similar; they will differ in their sizes and colors of skin. They have long protuberant heads and stout tails. They may or may not have ear openings. They have underdeveloped legs which make is obligatory for them to crawl, rather than walk.
  5. Other Defining Characteristics:

    All geckos, when alarmed, will lose their tail. They have suctions under their feet, which allow them to even walk up on the ceiling. They are masters at camouflage. The Australian wood gecko can make itself look so much like the wood log they are sitting on, that even experts get flummoxed.
  6. Habitat:

    These geckos are generally found in the isolated jungles and deserts of Australia. They can be kept in captivity if the conditions of their natural habitat are replicated.

Australian Gecko -- Concerns

  1. Benefits:

    The geckos of Australia have created an impression of the continent as the land of reptiles all over the world. Most of these geckos are exported and kept as displays in national parks in other countries, and that adds to the exotic feel of the country. Also, several tourists visit Australia to see these geckos in their natural habitat.
  2. Liabilities:

    Most Australian geckos are not poisonous, but they can bite in defense. The bites of some geckos, like the knob tailed gecko, can be quite painful and take a long time to heal.
  3. Health Issues:

    Australian geckos are among the healthiest lizards in the world. They may require vet care only for parasite issues.
  4. Specific Care Needs:

    If you are planning to keep an Australian gecko as a pet, then you will need to maintain the same conditions as were existing in its natural habitat. This will include a hot temperature induced by a lamp. You must also have a basking lamp, which can provide higher temperature. Geckos of Australia love to be near water; hence, you will have to provide for a water source in their terrariums.
  5. Reaction to Children and other Pets:

    Australian geckos of the wild will not take very easily with children and other pets. But those that are bred in captivity and accustomed to children and pets since their younger days will be quite familiar with them.
  6. Special Household Needs:

    Since the Australian gecko will rarely be taken out of the terrarium, there are no specific household care needs.

Australian Gecko -- How to Choose

  1. What to Look for:

    Australian geckos are prone to injuries. Some injuries can persist and grow until they kill the gecko. Do not buy any gecko that shows lacerations or other wound marks on their skin.
  2. Supplies:

    Australian geckos will need a fair sized terrarium, with water conditions maintained. Their food will consist of live and dead insects, worms and fruits.
  3. Expense:

    The price of the Australian gecko will depend on the extent of exotica of the breed.