Northern Australian Velvet Geckos
Oedura castelnaui
Pronunciation: O-ed-oor-uh  kass-L-now-E
0 Sub-species
Discovered by:  THOMINOT 1889 (partim)
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Non-overlapping scales (hence soft "velvety" skin), relatively flat body, greatly distended tail, deep purplish to brown with series of pale white and yellow transverse bands starting from the snout and finishing near the vent.  The pale bands usually conatin dark brown colored scales.  The snout and the crwon of the head are pale and match the first and sometimes the second pale bands.  The first dark band tends to form a neck band across the nape of the neck and extends from eye to eye.  More noticeable in juveniles.  Well developed sub-digital pads.

( Source: "Schostakowski, Elizabeth." in "Bibliography & Links" link)
90-150 mm
( Source: "Schostakowski, Elizabeth." in "Bibliography & Links" link)
Australia (Queensland: Cape York Peninsula)

Terra typica: Australia [lectotype]


(Distribution Info from EMBL, See "Bibliography & Links" link above)
Typically arboreal, and are often found under tree bark.  Also, occasionally found amoung natural and man made debris.  Nocturnal.  Tail is used a fat store and is said to be able to go up to nine months without food in harsh weather as long as water is present, otherwise the fat stores will allow them approximately two months.  They raise their tails and slowly move them from one side to the other when threatened. 

( Source: "Schostakowski, Elizabeth." in "Bibliography & Links" link)
They lay up to two parchment shelled eggs.  Relative egg size is .22-.39 grams which can be 22.8% of the females body weight.  Incubation temps should be around 84F.  Takes approximately 60 days for them to hatch.  Eggs increase in diameter, length and weight during incubation because of water intake.  Typically mate between spring and autumn.

( Source: "Schostakowski, Elizabeth." in "Bibliography & Links" link)
Small invertebrates sometimes including smaller geckos..
Easily and commonly bred in captivity.
lectotype: MNHP 6802, designated by Bustard (1970)
( Info from EMBL, See "Bibliography & Links" link above)
Phyllodactylus (Oedura) Castelnaui THOMINOT 1889 (partim)
Oedura mayeri GARMAN 1901
Oedura tryoni - ZIETZ 1920 (partim)
Oedura marmorata - LOVERIDGE 1934 (partim)
Oedura castelnaui - BUSTARD 1970
Oedura castelnauxi - TINKLE & GIBBONS 1977
Oedura castelnaui - KLUGE 1993
Oedura castelnaui - COGGER 2000: 260

(Synonym Info from EMBL, See "Bibliography & Links" link above)
None
Oedura coggeri
Oedura marmorata
Male Amelanistic
Female Amelanistic