Naultinus 'North Cape'

Herpetofaunal category
Common names
Aupori green gecko
North Cape green gecko
Yellow-lipped gecko
Naultinus 'North Cape'
Image attribution

Description

Bright green, often uniform or marked by 2 rows of white or yellow blotches or stripes (often finely edged with black) down each side of body. Patterns may be edged with black o a darker shade of green. Tongue red, eyes light orange/brown. Soles of feet are light grey green. Aupori green gecko reach SVL (snout-vent-lengths) of 66–67mm.

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Life expectancy

Largely unknown. Other species of Naultinus typically reach ages of up to 25 years.

Distribution

Aupori Peninsular, northern tip of North Island.

Ecology and habitat

Aupori green gecko are diurnal (active during the day) and are arboreal (tree dwelling), inhabiting scrubland and forested areas, in particular occupying the foliage of trees and shrubs, including manuka and kanuka trees. All green geckos have prehensile tails which act as a climbing aid.

Social structure

In captive group situations males can display aggressive behaviour towards other males as a result of competition for mates. Green gecko will display aggressive behaviour if threatened; this consists of mouth gaping, biting, lunging, and vocalisation (a barking sound).

Breeding biology

Green gecko are viviparous, giving birth to one or two live young in early autumn to late summer.

Diet

The diet of green gecko consists primarily of insects such as flies, beetles, and moths. Captive and wild green gecko will also eat nectar/honeydew.

Disease

Largely unknown.

Conservation status

DOC classify the species as 'at risk - declining'.

References

  • Gill, B.J., & Whitaker, A.H. (1996). New Zealand frogs and reptiles. Auckland: David Bateman Limited.
  • Jewell, T. (2011). A photographic guide to reptiles and amphibians of New Zealand. Auckland: New Holland Publishers Ltd.
  • Nielson , S.V., Bauer, A.M., Jackman, T.R., Hitchmough, R.A., & Daugherty, C.H. (2011). New Zealand geckos (Diplodactylae): Cryptic diversity in a post-Gondwanan lineage with trans-Tasman affinities. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 59, 1, 1-22.
  • Robb, J. (1980). New Zealand amphibians and reptiles in colour. Auckland, New Zealand: Collins.