Common House Gecko
The common house gecko is native to much of southern Asia and has established breeding populations in eastern Africa, New Guinea, Mexico, Madagascar, Australia, and other tropical areas. It is found in a variety of habitats and gets its name because it is common near human habitations. Like other geckoes, house geckoes have specialized toe pads that enable them to cling and move effortlessly along walls and ceilings. They are frequently seen at night near light bulbs hunting for insects.
Common house geckoes are very popular among pet owners because they are small, inexpensive, and relatively easy to keep in captivity. They vary in color from yellowish tan with darker spots or blotches to pale grayish-white; they sometimes appear paler at night. These geckoes reach an adult length of 3 to 5 inches (including the tail) and can live for 5 to 10 years in captivity.