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    Question Would anyone like to Help ID this species? (Posted in the right thread this time)


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    I'm terribly sorry, I completely overlooked this, and posted my thread in the noob section...typical noob move I suppose. hehe (sorry mods)


    I recently purchased a species of House Gecko from a questionable breeder. He had these along with anoles in the same enclosure. I said, "screw it" and decided to buy them.....if only to get them out of that crowded tank.... Now, I've always prided myself in being able to identify most reptiles and amphibians, but for once, I came across a species of House Gecko that I didn't quite recognize. It has me stumped! And it even has me wondering if I have a house gecko at all!


    However, I will give this breeder the benefit of the doubt, I've seen him around, he knows his stuff most of the time. I doubt he sold many anything other than a house Gecko, but, lets see what you guys think. I should note that he also did not list the species name...which would have made the whole thing easier. He simply put it under the all-encompassing title of..."house gecko"

    He also mentioned that at least one of them is female, As she had laid eggs about an hour before I got her.

    I have attatched some images below. I think three might be a little blurry, my apologies. When they are acclimated to their new home and less stressed, I will get more if needed.

    One has a yellow, almost orange color under her belly and tail. They become extremely pale, almost transluscent at times, with almost no markings, and switch occasionally to a greyish bark color. The smaller one is (I'm told) the male. While the larger one was the egg-laying female. Their tails are quite flat. with a tiny row of what looks like spines, but they're hardly visible.

    Does anyone know what this specific species is? I am sorry that I don't have much information to go on. Just my observation and pisctures.
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    They look like Hemidactylus platyurus, the flat tailed gecko. Compare images, see what you think:
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    Thank you for the reply, Herpin Man!

    This was my first thought when I was researching. And I think this is the strongest resemblance. Thanks for reaffirming. The smaller Male has flaps of skin on the undersides of his belly which the article says is one of the strongest signs that its a H. Platyurus.

    I'll need to see what colors their underbellies can be, but I think this might be it. thank you again!

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    This is my favorite "house" gecko. I've thought about adding this species to my paludarium, but I think they might be too big and aggressive to coexist with the mourning geckos that I already have there.
    I hope they do well for you.

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    How do you add multiple pictures I just joined and i am not familiar with the features

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