Hemidactylus platyurus — Asian Flat-tailed House Gecko
Some other names for this species:
Frilly House Gecko, Flat-tailed House Gecko, Asian House Gecko, Thailand House Gecko, Flat-tailed Gecko
These attractive little geckos have relatively flattened bodies and tails in comparison to their Common House Gecko cohorts. They also have more interesting patterns, and they were also far less common in the places we visited. I only saw a handful of this species, compared to dozens of the other.
After an exhilirating morning of dragon-watching I noticed this fellow lurking in the roof of one of the buildings at the Rinca ranger station. Its tail has been regenerated, and the second-generation one isn't as flat or attractively patterned.
This teensy little baby gecko was in a pile of old wooden pallets that Stephen of Stephen's Place and I were moving around in the hopes of finding larger reptilian occupants.
A number of these cosmopolitan geckos scurried about on buildings and signs near my hotel. Most of them didn't wait around for their photos though.
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