outside on porch light feeding on small flies
On schoolhouse wall.
H. turcicus specimen found on side of Jarvis Christian College building.
This little House Gecko decided to jump off the wall and onto our heads. Thought at first it was a salamander. Until a few seconds later, it became clear it was not. Based on a recent study of H. turcicus in Oklahoma, the diffusion dispersal rate in this species is very low and colonization of new areas occurs almost exclusively by jump dispersal with human assistance (Locey and Stone, 2006). Locey, K. J., and P. A. Stone. 2006. Factors affecting range expansion in the introduced Mediterranean gecko, Hemidactylus turcicus.
J. Herpetology 40(4):526-530.
Yuma County, Arizona, US
Captured and released juvenile Mediterranean house gecko. Please double check my ID. Found just after dusk, scurrying across a sidewalk in my neighborhood in University Heights, San Diego, CA.
"Years 2007-2009. Dinçaslan Y.E., Tosunoğlu M., Gül Ç., 2013. Herpetofaunal inventory of the Sarıkum Nature Reserve (Sinop, Turkey). - Herpetozoa, 26 (1/2): 96-97."
Found on wall of building
Mediterranean House Gecko, scientific name Hemidactylus turcicus (not to be confused with the Asian species Hemidactylus frenatus known as Common House Gecko) is a small gecko common to the Mediterranean which has spread to many parts of the world. It is also commonly referred to as the Turkish Gecko as represented in its Latin name. They are insectivorous, rarely exceeding 15 centimetres (5.9 in) in length, have large, lidless eyes with elliptical pupils, and yellow- or tan-colored...