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SKIN-SHEDDING GECKO
Gehyra mutilata
also called:-
Stump-toed Gecko, Common Four-clawed Gecko, Stump-tailed Gecko

In Australia it is native only on the Cook Islands and Christmas Island

On the Australian mainland it appears to be an INVASIVE SPECIES which has only been found on the East-coast of Cape York, Qld

Native to South Eastern and Southern Asia, and many Islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans

 


The Skin-shedding Gecko Gehyra mutilata above was active in the daytime and photographed at Nusa Dua in Bali (Indonesia)



The female Skin-shedding Gecko Gehyra mutilata above was photographed in Bali (Indonesia)
- Note that the tail has been broken off and has regrown.
Also note the bulges on its neck where calcium is stored for egg production.

Besides dropping its tail to survive predation, like most other geckos do, this species also allows its skin to break away from its body, to make its escape.


 
The Skin-shedding Gecko Gehyra mutilata is one of the more common species in Bali (Indonesia), where this photo was taken.

This species is often found in, and around houses and other buildings

Extremely common in many tropical areas overseas, where it often lives alongside other "house geckos" such as the Flat-Tailed House Gecko Hemidactylus platyurus and the Asian House Gecko Hemidactylus frenatus)

Geckos in the Dtella genus (Gehyra) are often confused withe the introduced Asian House Gecko Hemidactylus frenatus which they sometimes live alongside, however Dtellas have smooth skin, whereas Asian house Geckos have small spines on their tail (unless it has been regrown) and tubercles (small bumps) on their bodies.

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