Indo-Pacific Gecko

Indo-Pacific Gecko

Indo-Pacific Gecko

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Indo-Pacific Gecko, 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.

Description

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,...
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