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Giant cave gecko

Scientific Name: Pseudothecadactylus lindneri

Did You Know?

Like other geckos, the giant cave gecko has lamellae (fine plates) under its feet, to help it stick on to things. But this gecko also has the same lamellae under the tip of its tail, so it has an extra point to hold on with!

The giant cave gecko has a big triangular head, large eyes, a long, slender tail and grows to 18 centimetres long. It is purplish brown, with irregular bands and spots of creamy yellow running across it. The underbelly is off-white and the iris is yellow to orange.


Found in northern Australia in the Arnhem Land region, the gecko favours sandstone where its colouring acts as camouflage. As its name suggests, it likes caves, crevices, overhangs and gaps between boulders. It seems to be more active after showery weather.


Small insects.


Females lay a clutch of two eggs. Giant cave geckos are mature at two years old and can live for 20 years.

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