A few evenings ago I came across this critter on the kitchen floor. I had flipped on the lights and was going to make myself a cup of tea when my eye caught a small brown blur on the tile floor near my feet. Not having my glasses on, my first instinct was that it was some kind of bug that needed stomping on, but decided closer inspection was necessary, LOL. I called to my wife in the next room to come have a peek, thought I might be seeing four tiny lizard legs, and wanted her to verify.
Yep, it was a baby Gecko that had somehow entered our domain. We see them around the house all the time, and in the evenings many will cluster on the stucco walls near the porch lights, both out back and around the front entryway. First time we've found one inside the house though, and so teeny too.
My wife scooped him up after a few chase scenes around the kitchen floor on her hands and knees, and we then took him outside to let him go free. My daughter took a few pictures first though of the cute little guy so we could ultimately share in here.
I spent some time searching up information to try and identify exactly what kind of Gecko, but it is so young that I'm not positive. That and there were so many different pictures posted with differences in the markings, all adults from what I could see, and it also occurred to me that some may even be misidentified by people in some of the links/blogs I came across? For the most part I found that Arizona has two main species of Gecko, the Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus), and the Western Banded Gecko (Coleonyx variegatus); however there are also several "sub-species" of the Western Banded as well. I swear I've seen different kinds around before though, and with different markings than I saw pictured on the Internet, so there may be a lot of color variation by age, time of year, sex, or whatever?
Anyway, I'm opting for the "Mediterranean Gecko" as the one in the picture until convinced otherwise. The Mediterranean species is more likely to be found on the walls of buildings as we see all the time around our home, better adapted to climb more, or what is called arboreal in some links. Surprisingly to me, as the name implies it is not native to Arizona, but comes from the Mediterranean areas of Europe and parts of Asia. Over time people either let pets go, they escaped in transport, or perhaps even released on purpose to help control insects. It may be all those reasons, but they have adapted well to the state climate, spreading fast, and are commonly found in developed areas. These Geckos apparently have three clutches of eggs a year, but have only one or two eggs at a time which I found interesting too.
One thing is for sure, anything that eats bugs and looks cute, is welcome around here.
Take care... ;-)