The Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko (Phyllurus cornutus) is mottled brown above and white below. The gecko’s head and tail are very distinct from the body with its tail almost leaf shaped.
It feeds on invertebrates and lives in large sandstone crevices and caves, therefore it is common to find these lizards in backyards where homes have been built on sandstone outcrops. It is often seen on brick walls and building framework in and around houses.
This species is harmless and will sometimes utter a squeak if handled.