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Friday, February 24, 2012

Common Tropical House Gecko (Hemidactylus mabouia)

Common Tropical House Gecko (Hemidactylus mabouia) - flat lizards family Gekkonidae

They average about 12cm in length and vary in colour from light pink-grey to grey-brown and may have irregular darker crossbands on the body and tail.

 Quoted from: A Guide to the Reptiles of Southern Africa by Johan Marais

“Calcium-storing neck glands are obvious in some gecko species. These are called endolymphatic sacs and are situated on the sides of the neck just behind the jaw, extending backwards from the skull. They are linked to the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear. Geckos are unusual among lizards in laying hard-shelled eggs, calcareous eggs. The stores of calcium are used by the female to produce the eggshell”

Females lay 2 eggs per clutch.

They are very common on the walls of houses and are mainly active at night.