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Forest Gecko

Forest Gecko
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-21
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-18 3:50
Viewed: 5646
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hoplodactylus granulatus
Forest Gecko

This species is hard to see disguised as bark or lichen on trees. They can change colour to match their surroundings. The colours range from dark brown to pale grey. They have a yellow or orange mouth lining. The soles of their feet are yellow. The size from nose to base of tail is up to 89mm.

This species is found throughout New Zealand, but not in the very far North, Marlborough or Canterbury.

H. granulatus eats insects found in the crevices of bark, moths, flies, fruit and nectar. They sun-bask, but are nocturnal hunters. They usually give birth to twins.

H. granulatus live in forest and scrub, to high altitudes, in leatherwood and shrub areas, as well as beech forest, mixed broadleaf, podocarp forest and manuka scrub.

The specific name describes the granular skin texture. The oldest in captivity at present is 45 years. These geckos can change their shade of grey/brown/green to enhance their camouflage with the background. A dark brown animal taken from the leaf litter may become significantly paler, and grey, when placed on a pale branch.

This is the last of Gareths geckos that I will post for now. I still have a few up my sleeve, but I don't want to post too many at once.

I hope you've enjoyed this little look at some of New Zealands most beautiful native reptiles.


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Hello Steve
Excellent shot of this Forest Gecko,
Great focusing,composition and BG,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-18 5:32]

Hi Steve,
Splendid shot of this camouflaged one with sharp details on its scales and a fabulous pose. The BG looks great and the lighting is perfect. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-09-18 8:04]
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Hi Steve!

Amazing pose of this cute reptile. It looks like alchemical symbol from medieval book :-) Excellent quality and very interesting subject. I didn't know that geckos live in NZ.

Hello Steve,
Very nice to see all of your Geckos captured in all sort of colour!
This one is no exception with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and so much details!
well composed and well seen
thanks for sharing

Hola Steve,
Me gusta mas esta toma que la anterior, la iluminción es mas uniforme, y el Gecko destaca y contrasta mejor con este fondo, saludos
José Ramón

Great shot with nice POV and excellent colours. Very good sharpness and details.
Best wishes,

Another interesting gecko shot Steve, I didn't realise geckos could live that long.
Nice pose of the log, I like teh texture.


Hi Steve,
Nice overall exposure of the subject, interesting pose perched on this old wood..Good details, colors, and well contrasted with the OOF green of the BG also.
Looks like the head might've twitched a bit on you? Or it fell out of your DOF slightly.
Well done.

Namastay Steve,
A beautiful capture of this Gecko. Nice details and excellent details. The POV is also good with natural environment composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Sorry :D later.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-20 6:28]

I hadn't seen you gallery for a while, so I am first drawn by this little guy. The composition is superb as are the details.
Great colours throughout
(P.S. I like your new profile picture too)

Bellissimo soggetto. Sembra che posi per la foto. Buoni i dettagli ed i colori. anche lo sfondo migliora la resa dell'immagine.

Hi Steve,
Another fantastic capture showing your native geckos, We dont have any in Washington state I have to travel down to California to find them. Thanks again for sharing. Have you ever gotten a chance to photograph the Tuatara? :)

Hi again me! :)
And again interesting and nice for watching reptile species. Interesting POV (was it natural place for this species?), good DOF and details. And of course informative note.
TFS and best greetings from Lodz,

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