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Common Gecko

common gecko

Hoplodactylus maculates

Distribution:

The most widely distributed New Zealand gecko, common throughout both North and South Islands, but rare on Stewart Island

Habitat:

Can be found in a variety of habitats from coastal dunes to open country (only gecko likely to be found on beaches)

Diet:

Primarily nocturnal so feed on flying insects such as moths and beetles. Also eat nectar and fruit.

Gestation:

Give birth to twins in late summer

Longevity:

Live around 20 years

Predators:

Introduced predators, morepork, kingfisher and occasionally tuatara

Conservation status:

Common but decreasing with habitat loss and predation from introduced predators

General:

Overall length is approximately 14cm