Tropical House Gecko

Tropical House Gecko

Afro-American house gecko, Cosmopolitan house gecko

Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Hemidactylus mabouia
Population size
Unknown
Life Span
3-5 yrs
WEIGHT
4-5 g
LENGTH
12.7 cm

The Tropical house gecko is a species of house gecko native to Africa. Being nocturnal, it has very large eyes which are useful in spotting prey in low light conditions. It can change color (slowly) from light brown to a darker brown to better match its surroundings.

No

Nocturnal

Ca

Carnivore

In

Insectivores

Ar

Arboreal

Pr

Predator

Pr

Precocial

Te

Terrestrial

Te

Territorial

So

Solitary

No

Not a migrant

T

starts with

Climate zones

Habits and Lifestyle

Tropical house geckos are solitary arboreal creatures. They typically hunt by night various flying and crawling insects. They have even learned to wait near outside wall-mounted lighting fixtures so as to catch the insects that are drawn to the light. As with many gecko species, Tropical house geckos have the ability to vocalize. Their vocalizations range from quiet peeps to rapid short squeaking sounds. They may be heard most easily on a quiet night when they are sitting near an open window.

Group name
Seasonal behavior

Diet and Nutrition

Tropical house geckos are carnivores (insectivores) feeding on spiders, scorpions, cockroaches, moths, grasshoppers, anoles, and other geckos.

Mating Habits

REPRODUCTION SEASON
year-round
PREGNANCY DURATION
22 to 68 days
INCUBATION PERIOD
22-68 days
BABY CARRYING
1 to 2
INDEPENDENT AGE
at birth
BABY NAME
hatchling
BABY CARRYING
2 eggs

Tropical house geckos breed throughout the year and males use chirping sounds and pheromones to attract females. Each female lays only 2 eggs but may lay up to 7 clutches per year. Incubation usually takes between 22-68 days. The young hatch precocial (well developed); they are don't require parental care and become reproductively mature at the age of 6-12 months.

Population

Population threats

The Tropical house gecko doesn't face any major threats at present.

Population number

According to IUCN, the Tropical house gecko is common throughout its range but no overall population estimate is available. Currently, this species is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List and its numbers today are stable.

References

1. Tropical House Gecko on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tropical_house_gecko
2. Tropical House Gecko on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/196915/2477783

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