Northern Leaf-tailed Gecko

Saltuarius cornutus

Queensland, Australia - October 2016

Northern Leaf-tailed Gecko is a very large and impressive species endemic to the rainforests of the Wet Tropics of northeastern Queensland.



Queensland, Australia - October 2016

Most lizards have a detachable tail which allows the lizard to escape with its life when attacked. The Leaf-tailed Gecko takes this survival mechanism one step further by having a tail that bears a remarkable resemblance to the head, causing confusion in the predator and increasing the chance that predator will attack the tail rather than the head.