Wellington Green Gecko by Robyn Carter

The Wellington green gecko, Naultinus elegans punctatus, is a subspecies of gecko found only in the southern half of the North Island of New Zealand. The other subspecies, the Auckland green gecko, is found in the northern half of the North Island (except north of Whangaroa) and the two ranges do not overlap.

The Wellington green gecko is much larger and more heavily built than the Auckland green gecko and can be distinguished by the yellow soles on its feet instead of grey-green. It lives arboreally in scrub and forest areas, especially kanuka and manuka. Although it hunts nocturnally, for moths and flies, it also likes to sun-bask. It displays an aggressive behaviour, baring its open blue mouth and barking if provoked.

Threat Classification – 5 Gradual decline
Qualifier – Human induced.

Canon 7D
Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro Lens

Taken in Zealandia, Wellington, New Zealand

Featured in: “Wildlife, Landscape and Nature Photography”


  • Cathie Trimble
    Cathie Trimbleabout 4 years ago

    They look like baby dragons. Great shot

  • They do :) Thank you ;)

    – Robyn Carter

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Morgan MacLaren
    Morgan MacLarenabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot, colour and composition. I want one as a pet. Too cute.

  • Yeah me too :) Ta :)

    – Robyn Carter

  • Mary Campbell
    Mary Campbellabout 4 years ago

    Great capture.

  • Thanks Mary :)

    – Robyn Carter

  • Willem Hoekstra
    Willem Hoekstraabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot! The colors are amazing! well done

  • Thanks Willem – They are amazing lizards to see. I just wish they weren’t in decline :(

    – Robyn Carter

  • Craig Hender
    Craig Henderabout 4 years ago

    Stunning creatures, and you have captured them beautifully.

  • Thanks Craig :)

    – Robyn Carter

  • Marguerite Foxon
    Marguerite Foxonabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you :)

    – Robyn Carter

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    5 January 2011 … one image a day

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous macro, and what magnificent gecko’s, such a gorgeous colour and your have captured it beautifully :o)

  • Thank you Josie :) They are an amazing bright green, and hard to spot when in the wild :)

    – Robyn Carter

  • JeffeeArt4u
    JeffeeArt4uabout 4 years ago

    Such a rare capture of these, sounds like. I have the Green Anolis Carolinensis captured from Gourley Garden-Anole Habitat in the Smoky Mountains of TN.

  • Yes- they are rarely seen.

    – Robyn Carter

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