SOUTHERN LEAF TAILED GECKO Phyllurus platurus (White, ex Shaw, 1790)
This 14 cm gecko is found along the central coast and ranges of NSW where it lives in sandstone habitat. Most specimens are found in rock crevices, caves, overhangs and on the underside of loose rocks.
Around Sydney this species will enter human habitation where it feeds on flies and other insects. Regenerated tails of this lizard lack the spines found on the original tail, (See Photos). The Southern Leaf Tailed Gecko is commonly confused with the Barking Gecko Underwoodisaurus milli because of its' habit of making a loud 'Barking sound' when caught. Wild specimens of this gecko usually are found carrying Red Mites (Arachnida), visible as tiny red spots.
These mites do not seem to harm the geckoes in any way however. (They are potentially fatal to many reptiles if present in sufficient numbers).
Two eggs are usually laid at the back of a rock crevice.
The above was from the book Australian Reptiles and Frogs by Raymond Hoser and now available on a fantastic CD-Rom along with a vast amount of other information, papers and the like on reptiles, frogs and other wildlife.