Asian house gecko and native how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar gecko (Dtella) in houses in Townsville

Soon after I arrived in townsville I learned that two how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar species of gecko lived in the houses here, one native and the other a recent arrival from asia. They looked almost exactly the same and had the same how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar lifestyle, and no-one I knew could reliably tell the difference between them how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar except that the asian geckos chirped.

That’s where my knowledge stopped until I decided recently that how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar it was time I sorted them out. Here goes: asian house gecko, hemidactylus frenatus, aka pacific house gecko, spiny-tailed house gecko and bridled house gecko (click for larger image, as usual) native gecko, gehyra dubia, aka dtella, dubious gecko or tree gecko

They are both about the same size, growing to approximately 15cm overall. Both of them change colour according to their surroundings and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar are usually dark with a distinct pattern by day but how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar pale and almost patternless at night. Asian gecko in a shady spot under the house during how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the day

The most reliable way of distinguishing them is that the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar asian gecko has a series of small spines along the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar top and edges of the tail (in its original state); the top row extends onto the lower back as small how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar bumps. If you catch one, you can check its toes: all toes of the asian gecko have claws, but the inner toes of the dtella are clawless. Also, the native gecko generally has paired white spots along the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar spine, as in my second photo on this page, though they may not be at all obvious in darker how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar colour modes.

The two species can also be distinguished, more easily though not so reliably, by their calls. The asian gecko calls more often and more loudly than how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the native species; its loud “chuck-chuck-chuck” is obviously the origin of its indonesian common name, chichak or cheechak. The native gecko’s call is a softer chattering. This native gecko’s tail has regrown with strangely contrasted colouring

There are slight behavioral differences between the species. It appears* that the asian geckos are willing to tolerate brighter lights how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar while hunting than the native species, which means that native geckos are more likely to lurk how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in the shade of curtains or picture frames and dart how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar out at nearby prey whereas asian geckos often rest in how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar brightly lit open spaces, relying on immobility to remain unnoticed by their prey. It probably gives asian geckos a competitive advantage in our how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar houses, too.

H. Frenatus is an aggressive and territorial species, features that allow it to successfully compete with native species. … male and female H. Frenatus are known to eat juveniles of other gecko species how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar as well as their own progeny (bolger and case, 1992).

The ability of H. Frenatus to replace locally native gecko species seems most pronounced how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in urban areas. Artificial lighting on buildings attracts large numbers of insects and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar H. Frenatus is well adapted to utilise this food resource, perhaps more so than native gecko species, which may be better adapted to hunting more dispersed insect how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar populations.

I walked around my house with a camera one evening how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to see whether I could identify the species we had how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar here and the results lined up very neatly with that how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar light tolerance. (for the record, I saw three or four geckos in each room and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar there are probably just as many in each bedroom. We don’t bother them, since they eat lots of insects and they don’t bother us at all except by leaving neat little how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar black and white droppings.) I found only asian geckos in the kitchen (most brightly lit and fewest shady hiding spots), only native geckos in the lounge/TV room (dimmest lighting) and both species in the study-cum-reading-room (mid-level lighting and plenty of hiding places). An asian gecko on a window at night

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