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Spiny Tailed Gecko I was amazed when I went to catch this little Gecko that he released this sticky liquid from it&#039;s tail.<br />
I have photographed many Geckos before and never seen this.<br />
Give a great pattern in nature though!! Australia,Strophurus ciliaris,canon,gecko Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Spiny Tailed Gecko

I was amazed when I went to catch this little Gecko that he released this sticky liquid from it's tail.
I have photographed many Geckos before and never seen this.
Give a great pattern in nature though!!

    comments (15)

  1. Interesting behavioral shot - he must have thought you were a bird coming to eat him. Posted 7 years ago
    1. Thank you, I think he must had thought I was a predator! Posted 7 years ago
  2. Quite interesting! Are you going to upload more photos? I am curious to see the whole animal. Posted 7 years ago
    1. Thank you Jivko. I have just uploaded 3 more photos.
      Posted 7 years ago
  3. Nice observation.. Must be its blood.
    I would like to see the whole animal as well!!
    Posted 7 years ago
  4. Thank you, not too sure if it is blood or just the color to mean danger.
    I have just uploaded another 3 images of this Gecko.
    Posted 7 years ago
  5. Wow, it's really a beautiful animal. Are you sure it is S.ciliaris? I don't see the typical long spines along the tail and above the eyes! It seem more like S.wiliamsi to me. I am not sure, but S.ciliaris has two rows of longer spines along the tail, while these are more similar to the spines of S.wiliamsi. Also the pattern.
    Posted 7 years ago
    1. Agree Jivko. Posted 2 years ago
  6. Outstanding details in the pic! That's a great shot, Stratus. Posted 7 years ago
  7. Lovely shot Posted 7 years ago
  8. Spectacular capture of a natural defense response. Love it! Posted 6 years ago
  9. Incredible! Posted 6 years ago
  10. Beautiful and unique photo! Posted 6 years ago
  11. Hi, great pictures! I am 99% certain that this is NOT a Strophurus ciliaris. If the locality is correctly marked, I would agree with Jivko Nakev and say that this is an S. williamsi. Do you have full body shots?

    The tail squirting picture is amazing. I speculate the red is actual minute traces of blood within the tail squirting secretion. Strophurus are 1 of two genera that have this tail squirting ability, the other is Eurydactylodes (from New Caledonia). Strophurus secrete the liquid from middorsal rupture sites, which is beautifully displayed in your picture!
    Posted 5 years ago
  12. Wow, that's so cool! Posted 4 years ago

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Strophurus ciliaris is a species of lizard in the family Gekkonidae. The common name of this species, which is endemic to Australia, is spiny-tailed gecko. Strophurus ciliaris was previously known as Diplodactylus ciliaris.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by morpheme
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Uploaded Sep 29, 2015. Captured Jun 6, 2015 17:14 in Freshwater Rd, Oxley NSW 2711, Australia.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • f/13.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO800
  • 65mm