Wellington green gecko

Wellington green gecko

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Naultinus punctatus

The Wellington green gecko is a species of gecko found only in the southern half of the North Island of New Zealand. It was previously considered a subspecies of the Auckland green gecko, and together called the common green gecko. The Wellington green gecko is much larger and more heavily built than the Auckland green gecko and can be distinguished by the yellow soles on its feet instead of grey-green. It lives arboreally in scrub and forest areas, especially kanuka and manuka. Although it hunts nocturnally, for moths and flies, it also likes to sun-bask. It displays an aggressive behaviour, baring its open blue mouth and barking if provoked.

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1. Wellington green gecko Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellington_green_gecko
2. Wellington green gecko on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/120189003/120192549

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