Northern Spiny-tailed Gecko - Strophurus ciliaris
The northern spiny-tailed gecko is extremely common here on the eastern Pilbara coast and we regularly encounter them on our highways in good numbers every night over the summer months.
This gecko is considered arboreal, yet is still commonly found in spinifex desert areas void of bushy vegetation.
Although primarily a nocturnal gecko, they can often be seen basking during day light hours and UV light is probably an important factor to their health.
Often when first handled and as a defense mechanism, ciliaris will squirt a musky smelling sticky fluid from glands in its tail area. This fluid when touched becomes like long threads not unlike the feel of a spider web stuck to your skin.
It feeds on most small insects found within their habitat. They can be found gravid most times of the year and lay two soft shelled eggs.
The spiny-tailed gecko in my opinion, is a very much under rated gecko that make a very tame and hardy captives. As more people get to experience these beautiful natured geckos as pets themselves, I believe they will become to be a very popular gecko to keep.