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Tropical house gecko

Hemidactylus mabouia


The African tropical house gecko is a mainly nocturnal gecko species, and can attain a maximum length (snout to vent) of 12.7 cm (5 in). Learn more about gecko nocturnal vision in the notes.


Outside wall near the beach at the east of Zanzibar. Usually associated with human settlements. Distribution: native to sub-Saharan Africa. Introduced in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean


Geckos that are nocturnal have a tendency to have large eyes. When the intensity of the light changes, so does the pupil of the eye. When the light intensity increases, the pupil closes so that it becomes a vertical slit (second shot). Geckos have much more sensitive eyes than humans and have more sensitive photoreceptors. Also, the cones in the retina of nocturnal geckos have become much larger and more light-sensitive than those of their diurnal relatives.

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DanielePralong 3 years ago

Thank you Ganesh!


DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thank you Peyton Irby!

Peyton Irby
Peyton Irby 6 years ago

Luv it

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thank you Bernadette S!

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 6 years ago

Great photos and info!

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thank you Gopal!

Gopal murali
Gopal murali 6 years ago

love the smile:)

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thanks Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Awesome spot! Loved the second shot showing the eye. Wow!

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thanks Atul!

Atul 6 years ago

lovely As usual Daniele!

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Thank you Scott! And Neil, I wholeheartedly agree.

NeilDazet 6 years ago

You're welcome Daniele. I get the feeling that sometimes on PN, a spotting is just judged by the first photograph. In my opinion, a quality spotting takes into account all of the fields that are available when adding a new spotting. That way the page has a lasting, educational value.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Beautiful work. Great entry!

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Neil, you make me blush! Thank you so much, as this is what I try to do here on PN:-)

NeilDazet 6 years ago

My favorite spottings on Project Noah are those that combine outstanding photography with detailed, educational notes added. This is one of those spottings. Well done Daniele!

Unguja Kusini, Tanzania

Lat: -6.32, Long: 39.55

Spotted on Apr 20, 2012
Submitted on Jun 6, 2012

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