Story: Taranaki region

Gold-striped gecko

Gold-striped gecko

The gold-striped gecko (Hoplodactylus chrysosireticus) is found only in Taranaki’s coastal fringe – between Waitara and Pātea – and on Mana Island near Wellington. It grows to about 14 centimetres long. Although it is considered endangered, the lizard has adapted to urban environments and is often found in gardens in New Plymouth.

Sometimes gold-striped geckos may be seen sunning themselves on flax leaves, but they quickly drop into the base of the plant if they are disturbed. This gecko has previously lost the tip of its tail, which is regrowing.

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Ron Lambert, 'Taranaki region - Native plants and animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/25273/gold-striped-gecko (accessed 21 February 2020)

Story by Ron Lambert, updated 1 Aug 2015