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ASIAN HOUSE GECKO
(Hemidactylus frenatus)
also called:-
Chichak, Common House Gecko, South Asian House Gecko, Bridled House Gecko

Note that the Flat Tailed Gecko (Hemidactylus platyurus) looks similar to this species and is also often called the Asian House Gecko, however in Australia that species is only found on on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

INVASIVE SPECIES - NOT NATIVE TO AUSTRALIA
Native to South East Asia but has spread to many parts of the world

In Australia it occurs mainly in populated areas over the northern half of Australia as well as Perth, Sydney and possibly Melbourne


Asian House Gecko Hemidactylus frenatus
The Asian House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) above with a partially regrown tail (the section lacking spines) was photographed at Kallangur, Qld.

Asian House Gecko Hemidactylus frenatus
The Asian House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) that has regrown the tip of its tail, above was photographed at on the Gold Coast Qld
Asian house gecko - Hemidactylus frenatus
The Asian House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) that has regrown the tip of its tail, above was photographed at Worongary on the Gold Coast Qld


This Asian House Geckos (Hemidactylus frenatus) with a partially regrown tail was photographed at Kenilworth, Qld



The spines on baby Asian House Geckos (Hemidactylus frenatus) are not noticeable - photographed inside a house at Kenilworth, Qld


 Hemidactylus frenatus 
The Asian House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) above with a full original tail, was photographed at Springfield Lakes

Hemidactylus frenatus
The Asian House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) above was photographed at Springfield Lakes (South-east Queensland)

Like many other species of geckos this species can change its colour/pattern and often looks patternless at night


Normally found in and around houses and other buildings often in groups.
They are commonly seen hanging around light,s where they consume large quantities of insects. Although most commonly seen at night it is not unusual to see them active in the day.

Extremely common in many tropical areas of Australia where it often lives alongside native "House" Geckos such as the Dubious Gecko (Gehyra dubia) and the Northern House Dtella (Gehyra australis)

It is also very common in many tropical areas overseas, where it often lives alongside other exotic "house geckos" such as the Skin-shedding Gecko (Gehyra mutilata) and the Flat-Tailed House Gecko (Hemidactylus platyurus)


Note the small spines on the tail which do not occur on the native Australian "House" geckos.
However if an Asian house gecko has a regrown tail it will have none of the small spines!

Note that the Indo-Pacific Gecko or Garnot's House Gecko (Hemidactylus garnotii) is a very close (parthenogenic) relative of Hemidactylus frenatus which has been recorded in the Sydney region

LINKS OF INTEREST

The Reptile Database - (Hemidactylus frenatus)

Atlas of Living Australia - (Hemidactylus frenatus)

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