Veriegated Tree Dtella
Common Name: Veriegated Tree Dtella
Scientific Name: Gehyra variegata
Family: Gekkonidae (Geckos)
Genus: Gehyra
Status: Secure – Category 2
Size: SVL 54 mm

If you are purchasing reptiles in Western Australia, you must hold the required Category license for the animals you are purchasing.

Member of G. punctata group. Composite species as currently recognised. 16 small to moderate sub species exist. Three distinct chromosome races occur, each of which probably constitutes a distinct taxon. Eastern form: Ground colour pale brown, usually marked on body, limbs and tail with bands of paler dots overlaid with a blackish brown reticulum; irregular or arranged as a series of transverse bars joined by longitudinal lines. Side of head bears 2 or 3 narrow dark lines extending back to neck. Ventral surfaces pinkish white.

Eastern form is predominantly arboreal, particularly when sympatric with rock-inhabiting Gehyra. Western form is both arboreal and rock-inhabiting. All populations frequently utilise terrestrial shelter sites. See genus. Widespread through subhumid to arid woodlands, shrublands and rock outcrops. Absent from most of east coast, south-east, Nullarbor Plain, south-west, northern NT, and Kimberley region. Eastern form extends to central Australia. Western form extends from west coast to interior of WA. Southern form occurs in SA, from about Adelaide to north-eastern Eyre Peninsula.

Terrarium: The Tree Dtella is an arboreal gecko species, meaning they have great climbing abilities that need to be catered to. An enclosure with height for them to feel as if they’re far enough away from the ground, while also still providing enough ground space for them to catch their food is important. A terrarium measuring 45x45x60 (WxDxH) is appropriate to house up to three adults in.


Lighting and Heating: Naturally, Tree Dtellas are primarily nocturnal, therefore don’t have much exposure to natural sunlight. Mild UVB lighting can be provided for viewing, alongside a daytime heat lamp. You want to have a day time basking hot spot temperature of 35°C with it dropping down to 25°C in the cool end. To monitor the temperatures inside the enclosure a thermometer should always be used. A heat rock can be used to provide tummy heat.


Furnishings: branches and vines can be used to create an elevated basking spot. Artificial foliage throughout the enclosure will allow the Tree Dtella plenty of hiding spots and coverage, a water bowl placed in the cool end, and red sand kept at the correct moister is our recommended substrate.


Food in captivity: Tree dtellas are insectivores, feeding on appropriate sized crickets and woodies. Food items will need to be dusted with calcium and vitamin supplements.


The essentials:

  • Terrarium of appropriate size
  • Daytime basking globe
  • Thermometer
  • Water bowl
  • Substrate
  • Hide caves
  • Branches and vines
  • Foliage for shelter
  • Calcium and vitamin supplements