House Gecko

Hemidactylus mabouia ?

A ouse gecko, Hemidactylus, from Nairobi,  Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

This small gecko was waitng below electric lights, hunting small insects gathered there. Nairobi, Kenya. March 2011.

Several species of small geckos, known as House Geckos collectively, are likely to be found hunting insects in and around human dwellings. Electric lights have been a boon to their success and because they also eat insects that are an annoyance to people they are well tolerated, even encouraged. Geckos have an extraordinary ability to walk upon verticle surfaces by means of highly specialized pads on the toes of their feet.

Gekkonidae -- Gecko Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 28 August 2011,
updated 9 Oct. 2015.