Finding the Salt Marsh Gecko
Recently myself, Luke Kemp and Courtney Hundermark ventured to St Francis in search of a small, range-restricted species of gecko called the salt marsh gecko (Cryptactites peringueyi). The gecko is commonly found at base of restios, in and around salt marshes. Although we knew where to look, it certainly did not mean that we found them easily.
After spending the whole morning hunting through restios along the estuary, on the outskirts of St Francis, we had nothing. We decided a change of scenery may change our luck, and we pushed on. The logic however turned out sound and a few minutes into our search , we saw our first gecko. It darted beneath leaf litter before we could catch it, but that didn’t bother us, at least we knew they existed. We carried on looking and within no time, we had three geckos and one amazing lifer.
All in all it was a great day of herping, filled with laughs, lifers and more laughs. We also managed to find several other cool reptiles on the day, which I have listed below. Check out the attached video to see what we did, where we went, and what we found on the day.
Salt Marsh Gecko (Cryptactites peringueyi)
Red-lipped Herald (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia)
Slug Eater (Duberria lutrix)
Cape Girdled Lizard (Cordylus cordylus)