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Mediterranean House Gecko

Hemidactylus Turcicus


I found this little guy on my laundry room window hunting for flying insects


It lives in wooded areas. It likes to hide among bark and dead leaves and other debris.


I love it when a little gecko crawls on our laundry room window it is a perfect hunting perch. the Porch light is right across from it which attracts moths and tones of them. It also attracts other night insects attracted to light. It is a real treat to see close up and personal geckos hunt for insects unfortunately I was not able to catch this one hunting or with a prize. They stay up there on the window for quite awhile sometimes. we have a lot of decayed leaves and our water hose is right outside on the ground we often keep the nozzle close to the wall and it drips making it the ideal place for amphibians and reptiles. This kind of gecko also has a good defensive strategy which if it is threatened by a predator sometimes it will drop its tail and escape with its life (this is called Autonomy) I have picked up several in my youth and was completely grossed out when they would think I was a potential predator and do the old drop and dart. Geckos are cool.

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Arlington, Texas, USA

Spotted on Aug 25, 2012
Submitted on Aug 27, 2012

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