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Common Tropical House Gecko

Hemidactylus mabouia

The Common Tropical House Gecko, also known as Moreau’s Tropical House Gecko, is a nocturnal species of gecko that is found in savannas, woodlands and forests. Naturally they’re arboreal, hiding under bark and in tree hollows during the day, but they have adapted to human habitations with great enthusiasm and is often seen catching moths, beetles, cockroaches and other invertebrates attracted by lights at night, occasionally even consuming smaller reptiles as well. They can grow to a length of about 12cm.

Males are territorial and get involved in vicious fights. In spring and summer females usually lay two sticky eggs in tiny hiding places but occasionally up to 60 eggs from different females may be laid in a specific spot. The eggs take about 2 months to hatch.

Their natural distribution range in South Africa stretches along the coast from the Eastern Cape through Kwazulu-Natal to Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Gauteng and North West Province. They’re also found naturally over much of the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. This species also colonized large parts of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean after being inadvertently introduced by humans since the days of the slave trade, and is listed as an invading alien species in many countries. Even here in South Africa populations have been established in towns and cities well outside their natural range.