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Mediterranean Geckos Need Our Homes To Make Theirs – [Photos]

Photo by Spencer

My wife came into the living room projecting with a sense of urgency that would be reserved for a house fire or a home invasion. ‘Come here NOW, you have to see this!’. I leapt from my chair trying to remember where all the fire extinguishers were when she added, ‘…they’re soooooo cute!’ Wait, what?!

As it turns out, she had seen one of our geckos on the bathroom window. We treat them like our little welcomed visitors, since they keep the insect populations down around the house. As you can see from the picture above, she got a unique view.

Photo by Spencer

The species isn’t indigenous to Texas and they wouldn’t be here at all, if it wasn’t for OUR homes:

Due to their ability to breed rapidly and strong resistance to pesticides, the Mediterranean gecko has been able to establish steady populations all along the Southern United States. These populations are often disjunct, however, which gives hope for native species. Throughout Texas, for example, there are strong breeding populations of Mediterranean geckos found around cities, especially the Houston area, but there are major gaps in the population range through the western parts of Texas and into the panhandle. This leads scientists to believe that the Mediterranean gecko may need human structures and/or possibly cannot survive in dense native forests. Indeed, the geckos appear to be found most commonly within developed areas, but have occasionally have been found in remote areas too (further sampling is needed). – Texas Invasives

Do you have any of these little fellows around your home?


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