A Small Gecko with a Big Personality!
Around February and March, you may find some baby geckos around your place. They could be juvenile Bynoe's Geckos, just hatched from eggs laid from October to early January.
This is one ambitious and accomplished gecko. Not only is it found all over most of Australia, but also has an amazing variety of pattern and colour. They're happy to live almost anywhere, blending in easily to the environment.
Their scaly appearance will fool you, as they are soft to touch and not nearly as rough as they seem.
These geckos usually sport at least two prominent colours, ranging from black, cream, beige, white and yellow. Some are banded, spotted or blotchy. Try to see how many variations you can spot this summer.
Dusk and evening is the best time to look out for the Bynoe's Gecko, as they are nocturnal and hunt during the night. You'll also be able to recognise this gecko from its clawed, bird-like feet.
This gecko's diet is as varied as their appearance, as it is fond of eating a huge range of insects and their larvae. It also eats vegetation, arthropods and even some other lizards.
The Bynoe's Gecko moves very quickly, which is bad news for its prey, but also for those of us who want a closer look. Be very gentle and slow when approaching the Bynoe's Gecko and you'll be rewarded with a pretty sight.
The female lays two brittle eggs at most and only once a year. They nest in the ground, covered up by leaves, dirt and other organic matter.
This is quite a long-lived gecko, as it takes between 1-3 years for the young to become sexually mature.
To be a buddy to the Bynoe's Gecko, keep your cat indoors so that the gecko doesn't get attacked. You might also like to leave a shallow dish of water out for them to drink from, but don't forget to place some stones in the dish so that any geckos or other visitors can easily get out again.
Click to watch a video of a Bynoe's Gecko. They are extremely still but can be lightning fast when they want to be.
DID YOU KNOW?The Bynoe's Gecko is the only known Australian reptile to be 'parthenogenetic', so this makes them fascinating for scientists and biologists. This means that they don't need males to reproduce, rather the females produce a genetic clone of themselves. So some populations of Bynoe's Gecko are made up entirely of females.
TIPMake sure that your garden has plenty of nooks for the gecko to burrow in. They love fallen trees, debris and other natural garden litter to shelter under. So give yourself a few days off from sweeping the backyard clean and watch these buddies make an appearance.