, Garnot's House Gecko
or Fox Gecko Hemidactylus garnotii
is a species of gecko
found in India, the Philippines, Southeast Asia, Australia, and throughout Polynesia. Adults are about 4 to 5 inches long, seen as dark gray or brown with light markings in daylight and a pale, translucent colour at night. The belly is orange or yellow. The head has a long, narrow snout, hence the name Fox Gecko. The flattened tail has a row of spiny scales on the lateral edges. The species is parthenogenic - all individuals are female and lay eggs that hatch without requiring male fertilisation.
In Hawaii, the species is thought to be a long term resident. Formerly considered a house gecko, it has been displaced to natural habitats by the more recently arrived Common House Gecko.
Snout obtusely pointed, longer than the distance between the eye and the ear-opening, 1.5 to 1.6 times the diameter of the orbit; forehead slightly concave; ear-opening small, rounded. Body and limbs moderate. A slight but distinct fold of the skin along the flanks, and another bordering the hind limb posteriorly. Digits free or with a very slight rudiment of web, moderately dilated,... Read More