I Heart House Geckos

When you live in Asia, you get used to cockroaches. They get pretty big and are a nuisance. We noticed that they liked our kitchen a lot. Our place wasn’t really lived in for a while before we moved in.

We were thinking about having the kitchen sprayed or using some form of pesticide. Luckily a few weeks ago, a few house geckos moved in. The one pictured above was tiny. It was about a centimeter long.

The House Gecko, scientific name Hemidactylus frenatus, is a native of southeastern Asia and the northern parts of Africa. Known as the Pacific house gecko or Asian house gecko, it is the most recently discovered member of a quartet of small, prolific and aggressive lizards that become active at twilight. They can be seen climbing walls of houses and other buildings in search of insects attracted to porch lights, hence their name. Spread around the world by ships, these geckos are now common in the southern half of the United States as well as large parts of Australia. They grow to a length of between three to six inches, and live for about five years.

My wife recently spotted a bigger one. By her recollection, it was at least 3 inches in size. She was startled, it was going around our toaster. Since then, our cockroach problem was solved.

I really like the little critters. They are fun to watch scale walls and running around. I remember once when I was waiting for the train in Hsinchu that I saw a whole bunch of them congregate on walls feasting on insects.

So house geckos, feel free to eat all of our cockroaches, we love you guys!

Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.