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Hemidactylus frenatus Asian House Gecko

On the underneath of E. tereticornis bark

Asian House Gecko
Photo: Robert Whyte

The Asian House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) resemble many native geckos, but they are much more talkative, their 'chuck, chuck, chuck' call is distinctive. They have slightly enlarged spines scattered over their backs and arranged in bands around the original tail. Native house geckos are smooth.

On leaf litter


Asian House Gecko
Photo: Robert Whyte

Asian House Geckos now have the widest range of any lizard in the world. While largely dependent on human environments, they have spread into bushland reserves and are outcompeting and displacing native species. They also bring with them diseases and pests.