Full name: Hemidactylus turcicus (Linnaeus, 1758)

This family includes 945 different species, most of which are found in tropical regions. They are small size nocturnal species with excellent climbing skills. These abilities are due to the presence of special sucker like formations at the finger of most species, which allow them to easily climb even the smoothest surfaces. The species of this family have the ability to produce sounds, while their skin has many small knobs. In Cyprus, this family is represented by two species, the Turkish Gecko and the Kotschy’s Gecko.


Small-sized lizard with body length that does not exceed 10cm. The pupil of the eye is vertical and expands during the evenings to facilitate night vision. The body color range from pale yellow to pink. In the lateral surface of the back dark spots can be seen while in general it gives the impression of a semi-transparent body.


Commonly found in houses, old ruins and stone walls along with natural areas with rocks, stones and trunks where can easily find cover during daytime. It prefers lowland areas while displays higher densities in human settlements. It occurs from the coast up to the high peaks of Troodos mountain.


It feeds mainly on small arthropods. Usually hunts during night through ambushing flying insects that are attracted by night lights.

Reproduction takes place in spring and summer. It lays two eggs which hatch a month after oviposition.


Global distribution: Mediterranean basin coasts (south Europe, north Africa, Asia Minor and the Middle East) and Mediterranean islands.


Status: Common


Special protection:
• Protected by the Bern Convention (Annex III)

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Herpetological Society of Cyprus (HSC) was established in 1990 with the aim of promoting, studying and conserving Cyprus’ herpetofauna. As part of its work, HSC fulfill presentations, educational seminars, studies and researches, along with other activities that relates with informing and educating the public about reptiles Cyprus.

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