Field Guide to Maryland's Lizards (Order Squamata)

Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)

1. Mediterranean Gecko Photo by Jim Brighton 
Mediterranean Gecko photo by Jim Brighton

4-5 inches

  • Has sticky toepads, vertical pupils, and large eyes
  • Light brown or grayish above, often has darkish spots. Some individuals appear translucent while others are dark in appearance


Found in and around human dwellings.

How to Find:

Often seen around human dwellings near outdoor light fixtures.

Distribution in Maryland:

Introduced. Specimens have been documented in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Dorchester Counties.

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