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New South Wales: Quoll Headquarters - 164 hectares - Steve Haslam

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Victoria: Witchwood - 9.1 hectares - Jill Redwood

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Queensland: The Roost - 39.75 hectares - Lynn Childs

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Tasmania: Lyn and Geoff's Refuge - 10 hectares - Lyn and Geoff Murray

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Western Australia: Tippaburra Valley - 2470 hectares - Buddy Kent

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New South Wales: Falls Forest Retreat - 80 hectares - Mary White

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Victoria: Wingura - 2.5 hectares - Suzanne and John Brandenberger

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Queensland: Cooper Creek Wilderness - 66.74 hectares - Prue Hewett

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Barking Geckos PDF Print E-mail

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A barking gecko at WLT member sanctuary, Jarowair - © Judi Gray

 

Barking geckos (Underwoodisaurus milii) are named after their distinctive call, producing a surprising, guttural bark as a defense mechanism when threatened or annoyed, as well as when mating. 

 

Unlike many other Australian gecko species which are equipped with expanded toe pads for extra grip and the ability to navigate vertical surfaces, the feet of barking geckos are narrower with long slender digits, having adapted to spending the majority of their time on the ground. 

 

Barking geckos are commonly found across southern Australia and can be found in every state and territory except Tasmania. They tend to inhabit wet coastal heathland, wet sclerophyll forest, dry woodlands and arid scrubland, as these habitats provide plenty of protection with barking geckos often spotted at WLT member sanctuaries sheltering under loose bark and leaves or in rock crevices.

 

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