Asian house gecko

Common name: Asian house gecko

Scientific name: Hemidactylus frenatus

Family: Gekkonidae


The Asian house gecko grows to a approximately 9.5cm long. It is generally fawn to pale grey in colour with darker mottling. If you look very closely you can see a series of small spines along edges of its tail.

Habitat and distribution

This is the only introduced gecko in Australia. It has long occurred widely along remote coasts and islands in Northern Australia but has become abundant in towns and cities of northern and eastern Australia in recent decades.

Rarely found in the wild outside of northern Australia, its main habitats are in and around buildings, where it comes out at night to feed on insects attracted to lights.

Life history and behaviour

A vocal species, you may have heard the distinctive loud 'chuck-chuck-chuck' from the corner of your ceiling on a quiet evening