Hemidactylus bowringii (Gray, 1845)
Bowring's Gecko 原尾蜥虎

Hemidactylus bowringii
Squamata 有鱗目
Lacertilia 蜥蜴亞目
Family Gekkonidae 壁虎科
Genus Hemidactylus 蜥虎屬
Species Hemidactylus bowringii
Other name Oriental Leaf-toed Gecko
Chinese name 檐蛇, 簷蛇, 縱斑蜥虎
Total length Total length up to 14 cm.
Description Light tan above, with faint whitish spots that have dark edges. May have an incomplete whitish stripe along its dorsum.
Underside of body whitish.
A few scattered, dark crosslines on the tails. Tail can be as long as the entire body.
Toes with adhesive lamellae, which enable it to cling to all kinds of surface, even smooth glass.
Genus Hemidactylus is characterized by the divided lamellae on the toes.

The most common gecko in Hong Kong.
Commonly seen in and around houses, catchwaters and walls, but is also found in shrubland and grassland.
Usually abundant wherever found.

Behaviour A nocturnal gecko. Can turn lighter or darker in colour with surprising speed according to the surface it is on and the temperature.
Is pale, without markings, when active on warm nights. Becomes quite dark when temperature is low.
When picked up by the tail, will discard it in self-defense. Like other geckoes, regenerates a new one later.
The re-grown tail looks different from the original one.
Is attracted to night lights, where it hunts for night-flying insects.
Is known to be killed by extreme cold weather in exposed areas in Hong Kong.
Diet Feeds on small cockroaches, mosquitoes, gnats and tiny moths.
Reproduction Oviparous.
Breeds in spring and summer. Lays 2 eggs in crevices or under objects.
Egg-laying sites may be used consecutively for several years.
The young hatch out in 1 month and are approximately 3 cm in total length.
Distribution A very common gecko, found throughout Hong Kong including virtually any island, large or small, that has some vegetation.
Ranges from India across Southeast Asia and southern China including Taiwan, to the Ryukyus.
Conservation Status IUCN Redlist: NE (Not Evaluated)
Hemidactylus bowringii Hemidactylus bowringii
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