House Gecko

Scientific Name: Hemidactylus frenatus


House geckos have bulging, lidless eyes with vertical pupils and sticky toe pads.  They can reach 3-6 inches in length, have an elongated snout and have an elongated tail that tapers toward the end. The color ranges from pinkish to grayish and may be marbled with darker patches of color. The underside is usually creamy-white.

Where they live

Usually in human habitations, and in south Texas in trash piles and dumps.  Originating in the Mediterranean, this gecko is found in both northern and southern Texas.

Life Cycle

Females lay several clutches of two eggs during the summer. Eggs are oval and white. Eggs may be laid in crevices, under bark, in soil or other protected locations.

What They Eat

In the wild they eat terrestrial insects and sometimes other small invertebrates.  At our facility they are fed crickets and mealworms.  House geckos can be fed every other day.

Bonus Info

  • These nocturnal creatures are commonly seen near porch lights at night where they wait for insects to eat such as moths, cockroaches and other insects.
  • These geckos may emit a high-pitched call or squeak when alarmed.