Living with Lizards

Anyone who has lived in a tropical climate has experienced Geckos if not other lizards living in your house. They are the best mosquito repellant and eat many other insects also, thus I’m glad I have Geckos! And I don’t object to other types of small lizards as they all eat insects! 🙂 This one in my kitchen yesterday was not like the other Geckos I have seen but when I looked him up in the book he seems to be just a different species of Gecko called a “Common House Gecko” (Wikipedia link) and it is a non-native “introduced” species, one of 9 species in Costa Rica now. That ID and number of species is from Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica, a Pocket Guide by Chacón and Johnson.

Common House Gecko, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica

And here’s three more cellphone photos of the one yesterday . . .

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“Lizards of every temper, style, and color dwell here, seemingly as happy and companionable as the birds and squirrels.”

~John Muir


¡Pura Vida!

See my Gallery of Costa Rica Lizards, 20+

2 Replies to “Living with Lizards”

  1. I love them all, big and small. There’s a big colony of iguanas adjacent to the Grecia feria, that are well-fed on bananas and other produce. Some are well over a meter. In breeding season, the males become orange! I’ve done a drawing of one of these giants. If you want to see these guys, the best time is very early on Frida, when the feria first opens and they’re hungry. They disappear into the trees once they’re stuffed.

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