The southern phasmid gecko lives on the ground, but is a capable climber and forages among clumps of spinifex grass. This species feeds on invertebrates and is often seen foraging in the early morning and late afternoon, although it is thought to be most active at night (3).
All Strophurus geckos show a unique behaviour when captured, squirting a thick, sticky, repellent fluid from their tails. This substance is produced by glands in the tail and is thought to deter potential predators (3) (4) (5) (8). It quickly dries into cobweb-like filaments in air, and in the southern phasmid gecko it is coloured bright orange (8).
Little else is known about the southern phasmid gecko’s biology, but it is thought to shelter in burrows under spinifex clumps (3). Like other geckos in the Diplodactylidae family, it probably lays leathery-shelled eggs (5).