Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Flat-tailed House Gecko (Hemidactylus platyurus)

Adult Flat-tailed House Gecko (Hemidactylus platyurus) at Service Station near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - July 2016

OTHER NAMES: House Gecko, Frilled House Gecko
Local Name (Malaysia): unknown
Weight: 3.8g
Length: 14cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

The Flat-tailed House Gecko is a common species found throughout Malaysia in urban areas - for me it was the lizard species I saw the most often.  It was most numerous in a service station we stopped in on the way back from Malacca - a dining hall with many pillars and at each one would be sat a lizard, most of them of this species.  They are visually a very variable species and can come in patterns from a white-ish colour to a mottled pattern but maintain the flattened tail which gives them their name.

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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