Auckland Green Gecko | ©Steve Reekie
The Auckland Green Gecko, Naultinus elegans elegans, is a subspecies of gecko only found in the North Island, north of Taranaki, New Zealand.
The bright green color of this gecko is often marked by two rows of yellow cream to white blotches / stripes down each side of its body. The tail in this group is very versatile, being used as a “fifth limb” for climbing assistance, for balance and no doubt for food storage. The interior of the mouth and the tongue are coloured a rich blue.
Grows < 95mm SV. A bright canary yellow form of N. elegans elegans is sometimes seen, as illustrated in the top photograph. These “albino” versions possibly have a recessive gene that exhibits as a pigment lack in the chromophores.
Both specimens were photographed in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Animalia - Chordata - Reptilia - Lacertilia - Gekkonidae - Naultinus - N. elegans - N. elegans elegans