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Leaf-tailed geckos are large, impressive lizards that are highly camouflaged against rocks and tree trunks. Most species are rainforest dependent but some occur in drier habitats in association with rock. These geckos are restricted to eastern Australia, with species having highly localized distributions, including some found on a single mountain or range.

The six previously known species of the genus Saltuarius are distributed in rock outcrops and rainforests along the ranges from northern New South Wales to the Wet Tropics region of north-east Queensland.

The newly discovered species, scientifically named Saltuarius eximius, is known only from the vicinity of the type locality in the uplands of the Melville Range, Cape Melville.

More info and MOAR PICTURES at Sci-News

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Date: 2013-11-15 07:33 am (UTC)
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Oh man those are some REALLY nice new lizards. Lovely eyes and tails! This part cracked me up a little: "Several of the geckos made an extended squeaking sound when first captured". All I could think about was the time I kept some Tokay geckos. WHO HATED US. And made noises saying how much they hated us when we came near their aquarium.


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