ASIAN HOUSE GECKO FACTS
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.
Asian House Gecko
about 10cm long
Common around the outside walls and windows of houses (and sometimes indoors).
Insects. Often seen catching moths and other insects around porches, walls and windows of houses, especially where insects are attracted to lights.
Females lay hard-shelled, non-adhesive eggs in pairs under bark, in tree holes, palm fronds or other protected above-ground sites.
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.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||Asian House Gecko|