ENDEMIC. COMM0N. RESIDENT.
DISTRIBUTION: New Zealand's most widespread and abundant gecko. Common throughout the North and South Islands especially in coastal regions. They are, however, rare on Stewart Island.
HABITAT: Common geckos can be found in all types of open country from coastal dunes and stoney beaches (the only gecko likely to be found on the beach), to boulder-strewn hillsides.
BREEDING: New Zealand geckos are unique because they give birth to live young. The Common Gecko gives birth to twins in late summer but gives no parental care.
FOOD: They are primarily nocturnal so food consists mainly of night-flying insects such as moths and beetles, occasionally supplemented by nectar and fruit.
VOICE: Geckos are vocal, uttering various sounds from soft chirps to loud barks.
GENERAL: Their overall length is about 14 cm and they will often live as long as 17 years. They have unique ‘suction-pad’ toes that give them the ability to climb smooth hard surfaces and many species are able to sprint upside down across a ceiling. A distinguishing feature of all geckos is their loose-fitting skin covered in minute scales giving a ‘velvety’ appearance, unlike the sleek gloss of skinks.