Dorsal surface light grey to dark brown with transverse row of V or W shaped blotches on either side of the spine, often intermingled with bright yellow patches. White stripe between ear and eye and V shaped mark behind eyes Ventral surface lighter with speckles/mottling.
Lining of mouth and tongue bright orange. Eyes are grey, brown or olive. Toes have 9-10 lamallae.
Forest gecko reach SVL (snout-vent-lengths) of up to 85mm, tail longer than SVL.
Similar to forest gecko but typically more robust in build, dorsal markings often less prominent and more commonly divided across the spine.
Estimates for captive animals range from 20-30 years (D. Keall, personal communication, September 21, 2016).
Northern North Island (excluding Aupouri Peninsula). The species also occurs through the North-western South Island from Nelson Marlborough to Okarito. Click here for the Mokopirirakau distribution map.
Ecology and habitat
Inhabits forest and shrubland, usually amongst trunks and larger branches of trees. A largely nocturnal species, will sunbask near retreats. Occasionally found in low shrubs, ferns, or creviced clay banks.
All Mokopirirakau species are generally solitary. Vocalisation among Mokopirirakau can be described as chirrups or shrill squeals when stressed.
Ngahere gecko are viviparous, giving birth to one or two young over summer.
Insects, moths, flies, fruit and nectar.
Mites have been recorded in Mokopirirakau gecko.
Ngahere gecko are classified by DOC as 'nationally endangered'.
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