Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Common House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus)

Adult Common House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) at Service Station near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - July 2016

OTHER NAMES: Pacific House Gecko, House Gecko, Moon Lizard
Local Name (Malaysia): Cicak
Weight: 2.5g
Length: 7-15cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

A common resident of Malaysia in addition to being one of the most common reptiles in the world in general due to invasive populations spread by ships throughout various tropical countries on every continent except Europe and Antarctica .  They are well adapted to urban living and can be found in buildings regularly, feeding on insects.  It's name in many languages is onomatopeic based on the call it makes.

Related Species: 
Order: Squamata
Family: Gekkonidae
Genus: Hemidactylus

 - Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - A common resident.
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: Several seen in Malacca and surroundings 

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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