House Gecko

Hemidactylus frenatus SVL 65mm

(Asian House Gecko; Common House Gecko; Pacific House Gecko)

What does it look like?  Whitish, pinkish-brown or dark grey above, with series of tubercles along back and edges of tail, and either unpatterned or variably mottled with blackish flecks and lines. Underparts whitish. Appearance changeable depending on activity levels and exposure to light, with individuals being paler at night. All toes have claws.

Where is it found?  Introduced, and successfully spreading throughout northern and eastern Australia, in association with human habitation.

What are its habitats & habits? Introduced in Australia. Natively arboreal, but now mostly in human buildings, with populations firmly established in woodland areas of the NT. Nocturnal, gathering in numbers near artificial light sources and feeding on insects, spiders and other small lizards. Oviparous, usually laying 2 brittle-shelled eggs in a clutch, with females capable of laying eggs every 3–4 weeks, although laying probably coincides with suitable conditions. Emits distinctive barking chuck-chuck-chuck sound.