Threats: Habitat loss and predation by cats and foxes
Will they visit?: Binoe’s Prickly Gecko are considered common in urban areas but seldom seen.
Natural Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the Wheat Belt and Perth region
Binoe’s gecko – (C)Joe Porter
Habitat at a Glance
See Habitat Guide for more detail
Shelter: Hollows in large trees and constructed nest boxes
Water: Not required
ReWild Benefit: Pest control
Habitat Guide - Shelter
Binoe’s Prickly Gecko live in the undergrowth of shrubs and ground covers. A garden with tall shrubs, ground covers, clumping grasses, and leaf litter will provide suitable areas to hide. They will also shelter under logs, rocks, rockeries, and thick leaf litter during the day.
Binoe’s Prickly Gecko is more skink like in their habits than other geckos. Below is a habitat box template for lizards. Ideally, install the box under some shrubs and surrounded by leaf litter. Before you build:
Nest-boxes are a long-term commitment and need maintenance and repair over time.
Chipboard is okay, but degrade after a year of use.
Hardier and untreated timber (i.e. Jarrah) will last longer and are less prone to attack by fungi, bacteria, and microorganisms.
Keep away from treated timber as this can emit fumes toxic to wildlife and their young.
Avoid using metal wire inside a box. A wooden ladder on the inside of the nest-box is much more suitable or grooved timber will work well.
Maintenance is critical to ensure wildlife remain safe.
Alternatives to a habitat box include large terracotta pipes or up turned pots partially buried under the ground and under shrubs. These mimic hollow logs or crevices under large rocks and provide excellent shelter.
Habitat Guide - Food and Water
Providing natural sources of food
Planting a diverse garden with different shrubs and thick layer of leaf litter will foraging habitat for a local Binoe’s Prickly Gecko. Garden lights will also attract potential prey into the garden.
Providing sources of water
Not required. Geckos get most of their water from their diet.
Like most gecko species, the Binoe’s Prickly Gecko help control pests (including roaches) and benefit our neighbourhoods by contributing to a healthy environment for our community. If you explore your garden during the night with a torch (called spotlighting) you might see one and you can record your sighting on Atlas of Living Australia! If you have seen a Binoe’s Prickly Gecko in your garden, you can record your sighting in the Atlas of Living Australia!