Spotted in a church, there were about 8 of them.
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An interesting animal this one. My immediate identification was Moorish gecko (Tarentola mauritanica) - the broad, vertically-flattened body; and warty, dark skin. I was about to change the identification when I noticed the claws on the toes - a distinctive feature of the Turkish gecko (H. turcicus).
Based on the claws this must be H. turcicus but it is normally a thin-bodied, pale pinkish skinned animal with obvious spots, or at least the ones I've seen in Spain, France and Italy are. I wonder if they are different in the Aegean? Possibly it is a trick of the camera angle, can you remember how they looked?
I've never actually heard it called Mediterranean house gecko before, but it is an apt name as it is found right around the coast of the Med, more so than the Moorish gecko.
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I was zoomed in on the animal so did not get a really close look. The angle of the camera may have something to do with it - I was pointing it up at the creature which was on the wall near to the top where the wall joined the ceiling.
So do you think Turkish and Mediterranean House Gecko are one and the same?
Turkish gecko and Mediterranean house gecko are two names for the same species. Turkish gecko is generally used more in Europe whilst it seems to be more commonly called Mediterranean house gecko in America, where they have quite a few introduced populations.
Is this the species Elvis Presley sung about? His name was Tim and he lived in Chicago.
"Cause if there is one thing she don't need
It's another mouth to feed
Tim the gecko"
I must admit it has a certain something about it, beats the proper last line of "In the Ghetto" - boring!
Sorry just discovered the YouTube spoof - brilliant!
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