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  Asian House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus)





Asian House Gecko | Hemidactylus frenatus photo
This is a young Asian House Gecko about 7cm long. Photographed on insect screen of the house window.

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Asian House Gecko | Hemidactylus frenatus photo
House Gecko attempting to eat large moth. Photographed on a lace curtain.

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Asian House Gecko | Hemidactylus frenatus photo
Gecko on screen door

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Asian House Gecko | Hemidactylus frenatus photo
Waiting to ambush moths at night

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ASIAN HOUSE GECKO FACTS

Description
The Asian House Gecko is an agile nocturnal lizard often seen running along walls, in search of moths and other insects. It has bulging lidless eyes and toe pads. It has spines in bands around the tail., unlike native house geckos which are smooth. The "chuck-chuck-chuck" call of these reptiles is distinctive on summer nights.

Other Names
Asian House Gecko

Size
about 10cm long

Habitat
Common around the outside walls and windows of houses (and sometimes indoors).

Food
Insects. Often seen catching moths and other insects around porches, walls and windows of houses, especially where insects are attracted to lights.

Breeding
Females lay hard-shelled, non-adhesive eggs in pairs under bark, in tree holes, palm fronds or other protected above-ground sites.

Range
The House Gecko is widely distributed through southern Asia, and are naturalized on islands and seaports throughout much of the world's warmer oceans. The successful colonisation of Australia by Asian House Geckos has occurred through a series of invasion events separate in time and location. Asian House Geckos were thought to have arrived firstly in Darwin in the mid 1960s. They were recorded around Cairns and Innisfail during the 1970s. The first sightings in Brisbane were in 1983.



Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Sauria)
Family:Gekkonidae
Genus:Hemidactylus
Species:frenatus
Common Name:Asian House Gecko