Alice Springs Fauna •

Alice Springs ReptilesBearded Dragon Bynoe’s Gecko Common Desert Ctenotus Ctenotus saxatilis Eastern Tree Dtella Long-nosed Dragon Perentie

The Eastern Tree Dtella (Gehyra versicolor), previously known as Gehyra variegata, is a species of gecko found across large parts of eastern and central Australia from South Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, and northern Victoria.

Eastern Tree Dtella (Gehyra versicolor), Alice Springs NT
Eastern Tree Dtella (Gehyra versicolor), Alice Springs NT
Eastern Tree Dtella (Gehyra versicolor), Alice Springs NT
Eastern Tree Dtella (Gehyra versicolor), Alice Springs NT

A ubiquitous tree dtella or variable dtella, the Eastern Tree Dtella are found in country and semi urban areas, often encountered in and around homes and working sheds. The Eastern Tree Dtella pictured above was in an suburban house in Alice Springs, after the insects that were attracted by the house lights.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Subphylum: Vertebrata
  • Informal: Gnathostomata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Subclass: Lepidosauria
  • Order: Squamata
  • Suborder: Gekkota
  • Family: Gekkonidae
  • Genus: Gehyra
  • Species: Gehyra versicolor

Footnote & References

  1. Gehyra versicolor Hutchinson, Sistrom, Donnellan & Hutchinson, 2014, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/ce805b14-1d92-4d28-b818-0b3ba81e1a1e

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