Na­tional vel­vets

Australian Geographic - - Con­tents - By Ben Rev­ell

Wild Aus­tralia

Es­sen­tial high­lights

For a crea­ture that’s ac­tive mostly af­ter dark, this lit­tle lizard – the ocel­lated vel­vet gecko – is sur­pris­ingly colour­ful. Found in east­ern Queens­land and north­ern NSW, it’s one of just 14 species of vel­vet gecko, a group found only in Aus­tralia. Their toes have re­mark­able suc­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties that al­low them to adeptly race up ver­ti­cal sur­faces chas­ing in­sect prey.

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