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House Gecko

Hemidactylus sp.

Description:

This house lizard has a pale colour and smooth skin.

Habitat:

These are house lizards found on the walls of almost every home in India. They are tolerated because they eat the insects. This one lived in my home when I was in New Delhi.

Notes:

This one has probably mistaken a plastic decoration for an egg...it refused to let go for a very long time. There is a mistaken belief in India that these lizards are poisonous: they are not. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/296... Please see the difference in skin colour.

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5 Comments

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Thanks, James. It was really funny to see it holding on so stubbornly.

James McNair
James McNair 6 years ago

Superb image Sukanya. How wonderful

ChunXingWong
ChunXingWong 7 years ago

Not only in India, some folks from The Philippines and Malaysia also regard them as poisonous. Everytime I caught a gecko with my bare hands, my mother always asks me to wash the gecko poison off my hands :-)

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 7 years ago

:) venusflytrap2000 I am glad I posted this...I was having serious second thoughts.I am happy that it gave you a fun moment.

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

laugh for the day right here...hilarious!

SukanyaDatta
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SukanyaDatta

New Delhi, Delhi, India

Spotted on Jan 26, 2012
Submitted on May 19, 2014

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