- Small, ovoid dorsal scales, with no large tubercles.
Large toe pads.
- Dorsal color solid or slightly marbled color, either brown or brownish gray.
Small white spots found on dorsal surface, spots of varying size/shape.
Ventral surface of tail light red, orange, or yellow.
Hemidactylus garnotii grows to adult lengths of 10-13 cm (4-5 in), including tail.
In North America, Hemidactylus garnotii, a native of southeast Asia and the East Indies, has been introduced to Florida and Texas.
Hemidactylus garnotii is a nocturnal gecko species that feeds on insects. This species can vocalize when threatened or during interactions with other geckos.
Parthenogenetic species; no males present in this species. Females lay two eggs that may take 1-2 months to hatch.
In Texas, Hemidactylus garnotii is an urban lizard found only at the Dallas Zoo. In its native habitat, this gecko is found in both natural and disturbed forest habitats, as well as in human dwellings.
The Indo-Pacific gecko is not a protected species in Texas and can be legally collected with a hunting license.
In Texas, Hemidactylus garnotii has been found (introduced) only in Dallas County.