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House Gecko

Hemidactylus sp.


This house lizard has a pale colour and smooth skin.


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.


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

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SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

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

James McNair
James McNair 3 years ago

Superb image Sukanya. How wonderful

ChunXingWong 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

laugh for the day right here...hilarious!

New Delhi, Delhi, India

Lat: 28.61, Long: 77.22

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

Spotted for mission

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