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Hemidactylus turcicus Linnaeus, 1758

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Hemidactylus turcicus Linnaeus, 1758
Common names: Turkish Gecko, Mediterranean house gecko [En], Gecko verruqueux, Gecko turc, Gecko des murs [Fr], Europese huisgekko [Nl], Salamanquesa rosada [Es], Σαμιαμίδι, Μολυντήρι, Σαλαμίδι [Gr], Μισιαρός [Cypriot Gr], Geniş parmaklı keler, Süleymancık [Tu], Misaro [Cypriot Tu]

Güzelçamlı, AYDIN ● Turkey

Description: This familiar gecko has a total length up to 9-10 cm. The pupils are vertical. On dorsal side, it has 14-16 longitudinal rows of tubercles; also above tail, 6-8 rows of tubercles. It has 7-10 supralabials; preanal pores 4-10, rarely 2. The ventral scales are smooth, those of the medial row, bigger. The dorsum is grayish or light brown, overlaid by irregular, darker blotches. The venter is dirty white. Their bellies or undersides are somewhat translucent.

Biology: It is largely nocturnal, but may be active by day. A female lays 2 eggs.

Habitat: It lives under stones, in crevices of rocks, in houses and ruins... It feeds on insects and spiders.

Distribution: The Turkish gecko is one of the most successful species of geckos in the world. Native to southern Europe, it has spread over much of the world and established stable populations far from its origins. Due to this it holds no threatened or endangered status. It can be found in all Mediterranean countries but also Somalia, Eritrea, Kenya, southern Iran, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Pakistan, India, Canary Islands, Panama, Puerto Rico, Belize, Mexico, Cuba, Southern USA.

References:
Atatür M. K. & Göçmen B., 2001. Amphibians and Reptiles of Northern Cyprus, Ege Üniversitesi Basimevi, Bornova-Izmir, 63 pp. ISBN 975-483-486-5.
Wikipedia, Mediterranean house gecko




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