Hemidactylus frenatus (GEKKONIDAE) Asian House Gecko

Reptiles

The introduced Asian House Gecko Hemidactylus frenatus resembles many native geckos, but they are much more talkative. Their chuck, chuck, chuck call is distinctive. They have slightly enlarged spines scattered over their backs and arranged in bands around the original tail. Native house geckos are smooth. Asian House Gecko range in length from 7.5 to 15 cm and live for about 5 years. They are also know as the Common House Gecko, Pacific House Gecko, Wall Gecko, House Lizard, Tayoto and Moon Lizard. In many parts of Asia, it is believed that Asian House Geckos predict good and bad omens based on the sounds they make, their movement and when they fall from the ceiling.

Asian House Gecko on the bark of a Queensland Blue Gum Eucalyptus tereticornisPhoto: Robert Whyte

Outcompeting Native Species

Native to south and south-east Asia, Asian House Geckos now have the widest range of any lizard in the world. While largely dependent on human environments, they have spread into bushland reserves and are outcompeting and displacing native species. They also bring with them diseases and pests.

Photo: Robert Whyte