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Mourning gecko

Lepidodactylus lugubris


This one was missing its tail and showed dark brown colors. Seen in the corner of a doorframe. The Mourning gecko is creamy to brownish in color (lighter on the belly) with a darker bar through the eye region to the tip of the snout, and inverted, V-shaped dark bars (or paired spots) along its back. Tooth-like scales line the side of the gecko’s moderately flattened tail, and its smooth skin may feel silky if touched. The gecko’s length is about 3¼ inches (8 cm), making it the second smallest of the geckos established in the Hawaiian Islands. Generally the slowest moving of all geckos in the Hawaiian Islands, the Mourning gecko is sometimes seen licking the sap off fruits, such as papayas and mangoes, but also feeds on insects, and may be seen at night near lighted areas where insects gather.


Found Outside and inside in tropical areas. Kauai. Mourning geckos may be seen in trees as well as on the ground, and also inhabit houses where they are sometimes quite friendly in the kitchen area.


Nocturnal. Parthenogenic, meaning the population is all female. Females lay clone eggs. Their pattern lightens and darkens throughout the day. ---//--- The notably loud chirping vocalizations of the Mourning gecko are often repeated up to ten times in rapid succession. Also called the Scaly-toed gecko, the Mourning gecko likely arrived in the Hawaiian Islands aboard the voyaging canoes of the early Polynesian settlers of the Hawaiian Islands. The life span of Mourning gecko is about five years. Today the Mourning gecko is quite common in the Hawaiian Islands, second only to the House gecko. Mourning geckos were the most common geckos in the island until about 1950, when the larger and more aggressive House gecko was introduced. Mourning geckos are found on all of the main Hawaiian Islands, as well as on many other Pacific Islands. Info from

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Hawaiʻi, USA

Spotted on Aug 23, 2012
Submitted on Aug 25, 2012

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