Oedura luritja Mereenie Velvet Gecko
Distinguished from other Oedura species by Oliver and McDonald in 2016.
Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park, Northern Territory, AustraliaFebruary 7, 2003
Mereenie Velvet Gecko (Oedura luritja) Mereenie Velvet Gecko (Oedura luritja)
I ran across this beautiful gecko in Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park in Australia's "Red Center". This the gecko pictured on the logo of the Kings Canyon Resort, the only accommodations in the area.

This is a nocturnal species that I noticed early in the morning (less than an hour after sunrise) in the position in this first picture -- apparently it was planning to wedge itself into the crevice shown. But I couldn't stand the thought of not getting a picture of its head, so I gently picked it up and put it a little lower on the same rock wall so I could get more pictures, like this second one. After a few more travellers came by and admired its beauty, I made sure it found a nice crack to wedge into for the day.

Here is a complete list of the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Australia.

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