T-Rex who?


The rarely seen Granite Belt Thick-tailed Gecko (Underwoodisaurus sphyrurus) occurs in the cool northern highlands of New South Wales and southern Queensland. Even though captive bred, this male specimen still displays an arched back, waves its tail and ‘barks’. ‘Barking’ is a response to detecting warm breath at close range, behaviour also known from other Gecko species in the wild.

Captive, photographed on lichen-covered granite, part of its natural habitat

Nikon D80, Micro Nikkor 70–180mm at 100mm, f18, SB 24 (full power) from above, SB 27 (master) at 1/4 power on camera

by Gunther Schmida, Queensland