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Asian house gecko

Asian house gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus)
Brisbane, Queensland
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Hemidactylus frenatus - Schlegel, 1836
Pronunciation  hem-ee-DAK-till-uss   fren-AH-tuss
Etymology  Hemidactylus: 'half-toe'.
frenatus: 'bridled'.
Other names  House gecko
Pacific house gecko

Snout-to-vent length
Species avg: 4.8 cm
Species max: 6.4 cm
Clutch size
Average: 2
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Found mainly around the northern coastline, from Brisbane in the east across to Broome in the west. These geckos are often transported in cargo, and so their distribution will expand steadily.
Also found on many offshore islands after being accidentally transported there by humans.
While native to south-east Asia, this gecko has exploited human transportation and colonised many locations, including the USA, Madagascar, the Philippines, Somalia and New Guinea.

Found in the following Australian states/territories

New South Wales, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, Christmas Island, Territory of Ashmore & Carti


Generally only found on human buildings.

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