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Northland Green Gecko

Northland Green 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/2.8, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Geckos 1, AnimalExplorer Favorites 2nd folder [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-05 0:57
Viewed: 19336
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Naultinus grayii (Bell, 1843)
Northland Green Gecko

The colour of the dorsal surface is vivid green and often displaying grey or gold coloured markings on either side along the dorsal edges. The males have a blue band along the sides just below the limbs. The ventral surface of both sexes is bright pale green, sometimes with a yellow tinge. The inside of the mouth is deep blue with a bright red tongue. Total length < 200mm and SVL would be 95mm.

Found in the far north of the North Island, from Whangaroa to Cape Reinga.

Diurnal habit, often found sun-basking. The young are born in autumn, although in captivity births have been recorded much later in the year.

Arboreal, most commonly found in stands of manuka, kanuka and mingimingi

(Information from the website of the New Zealand Herpetological Society)

I believe this particular gecko was a pregnant female.
All 17 species of New Zealand geckos give birth to live young (usually twins) rather than laying eggs like many lizards.

The geckos I have photographed and posted on TN were all bred and kept by my friend Gareth Lusty (theLizardMan).
He kindly allowed me to photograph them in natural settings during a Department of Conservation field day on Mount Pirongia in the Waikato.

Hope you like this green beauty.


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Hola Steve,
Excelente toma de este curioso Gecko verde, gran nitidez y luminosidad, bonnita composición y colorido, Saludos
José Ramón

Very beautiful brilliant and well saturated picture. Attractive composition.


Hello again Steve and again a few words to gecko's photo :)
As I see this group of reptile is also one of you favourite :)
This grean species looks very impressive, and great camouflaged among treen and bushes. The picture has very nice DOF and details, also sharpness are great. I like also point of view - species not in the centre thanks to that some free space is on the picture what cleary allow to compare reptile's size to other elements of nature :)
TFS and best regards from Poland,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2007-10-05 2:35]

Excellent in every way. Thanks! ishi

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-05 3:05]

Hi Steve,
another great shot of this large Gecko.
It's only just hanging on... ;)
+++ Perfect composition that is pleasing for the eye. Vivid colours and great lighting. Good detail and sharpness.
--- Nothing :)
Well done,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-10-05 3:05]

Steve, Another stunning shot from you. Green colored specie and first time I am watching such a lovely specie. Ganesh

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-05 4:47]

Hi Steve

I'm a very big fan of reptiles in general and i really love geckos, but i didn't have the chance to see and photorgaph one live yet, so these pictures of them are a special delight for me! :)
The pose you managed to catch here is terrific and the fact that with only f/2.8 you managed to get the entire body so well into focus is simply outstanding...your position and POV must have been ideal!
The vivid colors are awesome and the details are very clear and sharp, too.
Congratulation for such a good work!

Bravo and TFS

Fantastic picture of this green animal. Very impressive image and composition.
Best wishes,

Hi Steve ,
Fine shot of this Gecko.
Nice composition with it amongst the fern leaves.
Good focused details and color.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-05 9:41]

Hello Steve,
WHat a magnificent capture of this Gecko on this beautiful Fern. Wonderful green colours, shapes and lines and very sharp details. The light is beautiful and I love the composition.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Namastay Steve,
A lovely green gecko you have presented before us. Excellent focus with a very good composition. Notes are informative too. Thankyou very much for sharing.


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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2007-10-06 2:47]

Hi Steve,
what a excellent image you have here, i haven't seen one of these since i was a kid. Type of image that would make a great postcard :)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-06 4:20]

Hi Steve,
What a cute looking Gecko with fantastic geen colour. Perfectly camouflaged among the green vegetation. Very sharp image with nice colours and a precise DOF. Superb lighting and exposure and you have captured a fabulous pose here. Excellent POV to portray it and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-06 8:42]

Hello Steve

The composition is wonderful.The clock wise circular flow of the gecko complimenting the clock wise circular line of the branch is brilliant.The deep ,rich greens and earth tones are beautiful.Excellent focus and sharpness.The skin texture is very well seen.Great capture.


Hi Steve,
This is kicken, The rich colors of the green gecko on the lush green fern is mouth watering, this is by far one of the best images I've seen of this species. You get the very cherry award for this one. Well done. :)

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2007-10-21 21:46]


I love your little green geko.
nice colours.
great composition.

Hi Steve,
Excellent vivid colours and details!!!
Well framed pose on these leaves. A great shot. The greens are lovely natural.


What a great catch Steve! His colour is amazing, you did well to keep him in frame. Well done.

Hi Steve
Excelente shot of the Gecko.
Excellent focus with a very good composition good details and color.

Hello Steve,

Amazing picture, nice colours and a wonderful composition. Great!


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