Mediterranean House Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)

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When I was a child in the 80’s, every now and then we’d get a glimpse of a “gecko” and it was a real treat because they were so rare.  Yesterday, I counted eight of these Mediterranean House Geckos on various windows across my house hunting for bugs.  Along with the Carolina Anole, this introduced species is one of the most common reptiles I see at my home.

This species is originally from southern Europe and Northern Africa but has become established all across the world helped by its ability to survive in urban areas, generally living in the cracks and crevices of buildings during the day and emerging and night to feed on the bugs attracted by man made light sources.