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Tender-skinned House Gecko

Gehyra mutilata

Description:

Gehyra mutilata, also known as the common four-clawed gecko, stump-toed gecko, sugar gecko, or Pacific gecko, is a type of house gecko that is native to Southeast Asia. It has made its way to several areas of the world including Sri Lanka, Indochina, and many of the Pacific Islands. Compared to common house geckos, this gecko's appearance is somewhat plump, with delicate skin. The skin is usually colored a soft purplish/pinkish gray with golden spots on younger specimens; these spots eventually fade with age.

Habitat:

The species is widely distributed throughout Sri Lanka, Burma, Malaysia, Southeast China, The Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, French Polynesia, Pitcairn Islands, Mascarenes and Seychelles, Western Mexico, Maui, Hawaii. The geckos in the photos were found just around our house.

Notes:

These geckos are very common around houses, buildings, walls, trees and basically anywhere that can attract insects here. Every time I visit to someone's house at night, there's always geckos to be seen on the ceilings. They are much appreciated for their role in eating insects, but sometimes they will also go for the cooked rice in your table. You also have to beware of the geckos in the ceiling, because they might drop on you and they also leave droppings after eating those insects. Like the Tokay gecko which we call "Tuko", we call these small geckos "tiki" or "butiki".

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Francis Floe
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Francis Floe

Iloilo City, Western Visayas, Philippines

Spotted on Aug 28, 2021
Submitted on Nov 27, 2021

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