Native house gecko

Native house gecko. Photo: Queensland Government.

Native house gecko. Photo: Queensland Government.

Common name: native house gecko

Species name: Gehyra dubia

Family: Gekkonidae

Conservation status: This species is listed as Least Concern in Queensland (Nature Conservation Act 1992) and is ranked as a low priority under the department's Back on Track species prioritisation framework.

Description

Native house geckos range from cream to grey-brown, sometimes with dark splotches, and usually a black strip on its head. They have a long tail and a small claw on each pad of all digits except the inner most one. This lack of an inner most claw can be used to differentiate it from the introduced Asian house gecko which can look very similar but has claws on all its digits.

Habitat and distribution

Native house geckos are found in woodlands, dry forests and rock outcrops in central and north Queensland, the Torres Strait Islands and central northern New South Wales. They shelter under loose bark, in rock crevices and in human dwellings where they can often be seen in gaps in the walls or floors or on window panes at night.  The native house gecko in many urban areas are being displaced by the introduced Asian house gecko.

Life history and behaviour

Native house geckos feed under cover of darkness, consuming invertebrates such as insects and spiders. While little is known about their reproduction, we do know that, like all Australian geckos, they lay eggs.

They will drop their tail if it is grasped by a predator, or human. The tail will grow back but will never match the pattern and colour of the original tail.

Related information

Cogger, HG 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th edition. Reed New Holland, Sydney, New South Wales

Wilson, S 2005. A field guide to reptiles of Queensland. Reed New Holland Press, Sydney, New South Wales.

Wilson, S and Swan, G 2008. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia. Revised edition. Reed New Holland Publishers, Chatswood, New South Wales.