- Hemidactylus mabouia is a nocturnal lizard that can grow up to about 5 in. (12 cm) long. Its color ranges from tan to gray or olive-brown. It has darker, chevron-shaped dorsal markings with the point towards the tail. They can appear almost white on light colored surfaces at night. This species is can sometimes be seen at night on walls or tree trunks. H. mabouia is native to continental Africa.
- Life Cycle
- H. mabouia can attach its eggs to objects, including fishing boats. This is one of the ways it has moved to new habitats.
- H. mabouia is now widespread. It is found in Florida as well as South and Central America. It is an aggressive species that has been known to not only displace native geckos but also to eat native geckos. It is thought H. mabouia may also prey on hatchling anoles. In Florida H. mabouia is the only nocturnal gecko.
- Control Efforts
- One possible form of bio-control for H. mabouia may be the large native orb-weaver spiders, such as the yellow garden spider, Argiope aurantia. It has been shown that large orb weavers, such as Nephilengys cruentata, prey on H. mabouia in their native range.