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Is it normal to have a house gecko appear in your Canberra Garden?

By blowers - 25 January 2011 10

For the first time in 13 years I have just found a house gecko in a pot plant in my house.  It came as a complete surprise as I thought it was too cold here.  I have seen them up north but this is my first Canberran Gecko.

Is this normal to see one here?

What’s Your opinion?


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10 Responses to
Is it normal to have a house gecko appear in your Canberra Garden?
Grazman 12:53 pm 21 Mar 12

We had someone working on our roof last week, lifting tiles to blow rock-wool insulation down into the walls.
He accidentally killed a gecko, which he says he finds very commonly in Canberra roofs. It superficially looks like an Asian house gecko, but we’ve never heard their little clicking calls, and the tail isn’t serrated like them.
I’m pretty sure it’s a Marbled gecko, Christinus marmoratus, which has a wikipedia page. Nice to know they’re common, although I’ve never seen one in the garden.

I-filed 2:04 pm 06 Feb 11

They are common all over the whole region. The less disturbed the place the more there are – e.g. old farmhouses near Braidwood they are in every woodpile.

aceozspades 6:09 am 06 Feb 11

I’m not from canberra but live in melbourne and work as a meter reader.Theres not a day goes by i don’t see a gecko in the meter box.You’d more than likely have geckos living in your meter boxes as theirs plenty of insects and it’s warm.

westonresident 6:56 am 29 Jan 11

Lin said :

From memory, we have 2 different types of geckos living in Canberra. One is the marbled gecko if I remembered correctly. I don’t have the book I got that from here and Google is being rather unhelpful, so cannot confirm.

I only once saw one at my place – he crawled out of the bbq, fortunately before I lit it – which is what prompted my research. Unfortunately, I never saw him again. Until my then 4yo daughter found a dead gecko in her bath one day. ?

Did you have a second crack at putting it on the BBQ?

Lin 10:19 am 27 Jan 11

From memory, we have 2 different types of geckos living in Canberra. One is the marbled gecko if I remembered correctly. I don’t have the book I got that from here and Google is being rather unhelpful, so cannot confirm.

I only once saw one at my place – he crawled out of the bbq, fortunately before I lit it – which is what prompted my research. Unfortunately, I never saw him again. Until my then 4yo daughter found a dead gecko in her bath one day. ?

facet 4:38 pm 25 Jan 11

It means you are not using enough poisonous insecticides as geckos prefer a healthy environment. I have numerous geckos (front and back yards) plus blue tongue lizard.
The guy next door has wall to fence concrete paving and is terrified of spiders. Just a matter of choice really.

Tequila Mockingbird 4:08 pm 25 Jan 11

I have a Gecko who lives outside my house. His name is Larry the Lizard. He’s been hanging around since I moved in a couple of months ago. Generally he hides under the stairs or behind the bins, but sometimes he crawls out onto the driveway. We do our best not to squish him, and he does his best to stay out of the way.

So to cut a short story even shorter, yes. I imagine its normal to see them around.

Athryn 4:01 pm 25 Jan 11

Some do live here in Canberra, I have a few in my garden as well and to my horror I recently found a half eaten one by my front door a couple of mornings ago. I’m suspecting my cat wasn’t hungry

Thumper 3:56 pm 25 Jan 11

I find velvet geckos around my place quite often. Usually they live under bark on trees or in piles of wood but they wander inside now and again.

tommy 3:52 pm 25 Jan 11

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