Hemidactylus turcicus

Common name: the Mediterranean House Gecko

Conservation status: Least Concern

Distribution: Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Egypt, Eritrea, France, Greece, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Spain, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen, United Arab Emirates

Introduced to: Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, USA

Size: up to 100 mm

Description: upperside varies from greyish to dark brown with dark stripes and dark and white tubercles; underside whitish; toepads with lamellae

Habitat: shrubland, rocky areas, salt marshes, coastal areas, cliffs, caves, agricultural areas, urban environments and inside buildings

Activity: nocturnal

Diet: various invertebrates

Reproduction: oviparous

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