Family : GEKKONIDAE
Species : Gekko gecko
Size (snout to vent) : 18.5 cm
Size (total length) : 36.5 cm
A large, stunning gecko
familiar to millions of Southeast Asia's rural dwellers; this species
commonly takes up residence in the roofs of village huts and houses. At
night it emerges to feed on insects and small vertebrates.
It can be located by its
call - a loud 'tock, tock, tock-eh' similar to the
Large Forest Gecko. The
species is easily distinguished by its size, and distinctive pattern of
reddish-orange spots on a blue-grey background.
This is a wide-ranging
species, extending from Bangladesh, through India, Burma, Thailand and
Indochina to Peninsular Malaysia and most of the Indonesian and Philippine
islands. In Singapore it is now rarely seen due to urbanisation.
Fig 1 : Nocturnal specimen from disturbed lowand forest at Flores, central
Fig 2 : Diurnal specimen from Bali, Indonesia.
Fig 3 : Specimen emerging from a treehole in dry deciduous forest, Cambodia
References : H1, H2, H3