Marlborough Green Gecko
Marlborough Green Geckos are beautiful bright green lizards, with golden star-like markings perfect for hiding among the lush green New Zealand bush. Sadly, this species, which lives only in the Marlborough region, is considered “in decline” by the Department of Conservation.
Marlborough Green Geckos live primarily in shrubs and trees and can live upwards of 30 years in captivity. They like to eat insects including flies, beetles and moths, and also enjoy nectar/honeydew.
Like all other New Zealand geckos, they give birth to one or two live young in autumn. This is unusual, as most geckos around the world lay eggs.
Marlborough Green Geckos use their tails as a climbing aid, and are active during the day.
Male geckos can be quite aggressive towards each other when competing for a mate. They will open their mouths wide, lunge, bite and even make a barking sound.
Source: New Zealand Herpetological Society