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Naultinus greyii

Naultinus greyii
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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, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
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Date Submitted: 2009-03-18 16:41
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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)

This is an old shot that I dug out of my archives,taken on my very first digital camera,the 2mp Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ2S
It was taken at Pirongia Forest Park at a Department Of Conservation open day.
Gareth Lusty (theLizardMan) had several of his native New Zealand geckos there,and he kindly took some out of their cages so that we could photograph them in a natural setting.
I hope you like the shot.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-03-18 16:42]

This is a great post, Steve, I love the green on green and the nice patterns of the geckos' skin against the ones created by the leaves of the fern. Superb and so lively!


This is an excellent shot you took in 2004, Steve.
This camera has always given you good results.
The green lizards are in perfect focus and merge well with the green ferns.
The details on both subjects are sharp and clear.
Must thank you for sharing this lovely image from the past.

That's a pretty d**ed good quality and dynamic image Steve...The colours are so doggone real...and there is a small yet quite perceptible 3D gig to this one as well...a bit different from some others...not lots...but a change for theseasonal I reckon...this puppy tends to be kinetic..it moves!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-18 22:16]

Hi Steve,
lovely and cute capture of the geckos.
Well shown in its fern leaves habitat.
the camouflaged is also detected here.
you have composed it very nicely and it becomes such a pleasant capture.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-18 22:53]

A wonderful capture Steve!
Even if they are captive specimens they are nicely placed on the fern to give us a good impression of what these native Northland Green Geckos look like and how they vary. Nice one from your archives and I hope you can start with a new camera soon.
Thanks and all the best,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-03-18 23:19]

Hello Steve
Nice capture with vivid colors.

hello Steve
very nice green scene,
beautiful shot
best regards

Hello Steve.
a fantastic picture of Northland Green Gecko taken from an excellent POV with outstanding sharpness, i like the camouflaged pose on the beautiful green ferns, very well composed
Best regards

Hi Steeve,
Nice green on green presentation of this geckos'couple
Good focus and sharp details of the skin

Hello Steve,
what a beautiful gecko species, I have never seen this Green Gecko formerly. especially right one is more beautiful with white shape on green body. you nicely captured them. sharp focus, composition, colors and lighting great. thanks for sharing, well done my friend

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-19 5:51]

Hello Steve,
On the thumbnail I just saw green..and green it is, your picture. But looking closer, it is such a charming picture. Very cute these two geckos on the fern. Very well composed picture with excellent sharpness.
Well done
Best regards

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-03-19 9:22]

Hello Steve, superb shot of these lovely geckos. Clear and sharp image. Excellent quality. i loved this shot.
TFS and G's,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-19 9:26]

Hello Steve,
Another magic photo. Fantastic sharpness and details in the Geckos. Splendid natural colours. Excellent composition.
First class photo!

Namastay Steve,
A nice capture of these green geckos. Excellent composition and sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Wowww.. what a beautiful and 1st class shot of these cute geckos Steve. i loved them. As i made my master of science on geckos, i especially love all geckos. But these are realy great. TFS and regards,

Ciao Steve, wonderful couple of strange creatures, splendid bright colors, great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello steve
super composition
great colours and sharpness
beautiful animals
great shot
greeting lou

Hello Steve!
Great capture of this pair of geckos! Wonderful, natual colours and sharpness. It is interesting that they were photographed not on walls or trees. It is natural place for this species?
Very nice reptiles! I really like them! :>
All the best from Lodz,

PS. Maybe some day you will decide to photograph some Polish reptile species? ;>

hello Steve!
a good capture of green gecko with perfect
pose in a natural enviroment
perfect details and interesting note


  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-19 17:09]

Steve, Lovely shot and you have shot this well with a good sharpness. The composition is fine and with lovely colors. Thanks for sharing. Ganesh

Ohhhh... ohhh ...what a spectacular capture of a cute and beutiful gecko species Steve! Great in all around. 1st class quality MF. Absolutely it is going my favorites!
TFS these beauties Steve!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-03-19 22:49]

Hi Steve!

After your disappointment because of your broken camera I'm so glad to see that you keep on taking pictures and that you get these nice little green stars even with a camera that is not your favourite. And this picture really merits all this attention. Green on green, it's very well seen and the Geckoes are well put on stage.

Kind regards


Hello Steve,

Amazing colours of these reptiles. Two of them is even better on the shot.


And you didn't even tell me you posted this one. I love these creatures, they're so different from the othe gecko species. I love the fact they have prehensile tails. Way to go go Steve!
Paul :)

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