Asian House Gecko lays eggs in a precarious place

24th December 2015



Guest Post Photos and information by Linda Nielsen

One of the downlights in this home had not been working for some time, despite the changing of bulbs.  While an electrician was working at the home in Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast, Qld, the owners asked him to have a look at the transformer of the downlight to see what was wrong with it and if it needed replacing.  It was quite a surprise when he showed them why the downlight hadn't been working.  An Asian House Gecko had been using the transformer as a nice 'warm' place to lay it's eggs!

Asian House Geckoes (Hemidactylus frenatus) are the only invasive Gecko species in Australia. Sometimes mistaken for the native Dtella Gecko, the Asian House Gecko is easily identified by it's claws on the end of it's toes, and little spines running along it's tail and lower back.  While in Asia they were a tree living species, but now happily co-exist with humans living in their dwellings, feeding on insects attracted to the lights in Australia.  The Asian House Gecko lays up to two eggs every four to six weeks, so has obviously been using this transformer as the egg laying location for some time!

Thanks to Linda for letting us share her photo and interesting story.


Eggs of an Asian House Gecko inside a light transformer at Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast.  You can see that one of the Geckoes had hatched but didn't survive. 

Asian House Geckoes (Hemidactylus frenatus) photographed at the Upper Coomera home.

Asian House Geckoes (Hemidactylus frenatus) photographed at the Upper Coomera home.