Species profile

Box-patterned Gecko

Box-patterned Gecko

Range and abundance

The Box-patterned Gecko occurs acrosss the arid and semi-arid interior, from eastern South Australia, New South Wales and central Queensland, extending into southern and central Cape York.

Description

The Box-patterned Gecko is a small (snout-vent length 55 mm) slender gecko with narrow toes, relatively long limbs and a fairly long slender tail. It is pale to dark chestnut brown above with a pale stripe from each eye to the base of the tail, usually connected at about four points, enclosing oval to squarish darker patches (“boxes”) of variable size. In northern parts of its range, the dorsal pattern consists more of a series of large pale blotches. The toes are pale, almost white.

Ecology

The Box-patterned Gecko occurs in a wide variety of habitats, from mallee, through Acacia woodlands and shrublands, to the higher rainfall woodlands in the north. It is a terrestrial gecko, feeding on the ground by night where it searches for invertebrates.

Threats

Over-grazing by feral herbivores may be a threat to this species, via trampling of habitat and a reduction of cover, increasing exposure to predators such as owls, night-jars, feral cats and foxes. Clearing and habitat alteration through the spread of pasture grasses and weeds such as Buffel Grass may impact this species. Fire regimes in the habitat of the Box-patterned Gecko have changed significantly since European colonisation, though it is not known how this has affected this species.


What is AWC doing?

AWC protects the habitat of the Box-patterned Gecko by reducing numbers of feral herbivores and feral predators, and by implementing fire management to reduce the frequency of extensive wildfires. Wildfires can kill hollow trees and destroy most of the fallen timber that provides cover for geckoes and habitat for the invertebrates on which they prey. 

Did you know:

The Box-patterned Gecko hides in spider burrows during the day.