A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Turkish Gecko

It seems I have a Turkish Gecko (Hemidactylus turcius) living with me. I've copied this photo from the internet until I can catch a photo of him myself. He lives by the window just a few feet from where I'm typing on the computer. He is very fast and agile and I think he is attracted to the table lamp on my desk that attracts insects in the evening. He is mainly crepuscular (twilight) and nocturnal but occasionally can be found sunning himself on the lower parts of walls of both occupied and unoccupied houses. The females lay 2 to 3 clutches a year of one or two eggs. This one is about 50mm but will reach 100mm on maturity, he is rather pale and has pink translucent qualities about him. He has flat adhesive pads that do not reach to the tips of his toes. He is found all over the Aegean islands and on the Turkish mainland among other places.

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