Hemidactylus frenatus — Common House Gecko
Some other names for this species:
Asian House Gecko, Spiny-tailed House Gecko, Chichak
These little geckos abound in Bali and throughout southeast Asia. They're called "Chichak" locally for the sound of their calls. They would sometimes wake us up at night by calling right above our bed. Their color is quite variable, changing based on temperature and background. These two were both on stone gates at Puri Kamandalu at night.
Like most geckos, they're mostly nocturnal, but they're also often seen during overcast days. This one was hanging out on a hotel wall during the day. Its tail has been regenerated and the second-generation one isn't spiny.
Here are a couple more from a different part of Bali. The one on the tree is showing off some impressive camouflage. Its tail is curled around but is difficult to distinguish from the branch.
This is one of the two cosmopolitan species of Hemidactylus geckos found in Madagascar along with much of the rest of the tropical world. The other is Hemidactylus mabouia, which we had seen earlier in Maroantsetra.
This gecko had regenerated its tail, and had a number of red mites around its back legs, but otherwise seemed fat and happy.
Here is a list of all the reptiles and frogs I saw on this trip to Madagascar.
I was setting up my camera to photograph this gecko at the base of a palm tree when a woman with a drink in her hand came stumbling my way trying to see what I was aiming at. She leaned way over between my tripod and the palm tree to get a good look, which of course scared the little gecko away, and I got no more photos. Oh well, not the most exciting species anyway.
I found this small gecko sleeping in the broad leaves of a small palm along the edge of Anjajavy's garden pond.
Gagudju Crocodile Lodge, Jabiru, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia—November 14, 2009
Most of the Hemidactylus frenatus that have become established in Australia hang out on buildings. Heres one on the side of a wonderfully crocodile-shaped Holiday Inn.
A few days later, I had begun to lose all interest in these omnipresent non-native drab geckos. When this one put in an appearance at the outdoor dining area of the Cooinda lodge, I couldnt be bothered to get out my real camera, so I took a macro shot from an inch or two away with a little bitty camera, resulting in that oh-so-desirable fish eye effect.
I believe this is the least interesting herp in Costa Rica. However, it's a little bit fun to see it in more and more countries. And little baby ones are cute.
While our party was waiting to register at the Hotel Campestre, we admired a couple of fat geckos up on the ceiling. They appeared to me to be Hemidactylus frenatus, but a couple of years earlier I had seen at this same hotel geckos that I thought were Hemidactylus mabouia but which others identified as Lepidodactylus lugubris. So maybe I should not be trusted at identifying the various standard house geckos?
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