Mediterranean House Geckos in Israel

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Mediterranean House Geckos in Israel

Postby Omer Golan-Joel » Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:56 pm

These are photos of Mediterranean House Geckos (Hemidactylus turcicus) from Kiryat Tivon, Israel (near Haifa). About ten of these live in the cracks of my mother's house and come out at night to feast on the insects.
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Re: Mediterranean House Geckos in Israel

Postby Omer Golan-Joel » Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:49 pm

Here are three photos - two of them of the same gecko - I took today when visiting my mother's home in Kiryat Tivon (17km to the southeast from Haifa).

Notice the fat regenerated tail on the bigger gecko!
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Re: Mediterranean House Geckos in Israel

Postby Omer Golan-Joel » Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:12 pm

Twp more geckos.
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Re: Mediterranean House Geckos in Israel

Postby Borji Heras » Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:11 am

beautiful pics from Israel dude! :)
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Re: Mediterranean House Geckos in Israel

Postby Omer Golan-Joel » Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:52 am

Thanks!

By the way, with all the lost and regenerated tails I observe, I wonder how they lose their tails - after all they live inside a house where there are no predators. Do they fight aggressively enough among themselves so tails get lost?
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Re: Mediterranean House Geckos in Israel

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:25 pm

A good question & an interesting topic.

Intraspecific aggression can play a part. Not rough sex, but more frequently in (competing) males. There might even be social structuring, with tail loss occurring more readily in subordinate individuals. A price the species pays for the fittest males producing most of the progeny, I guess.
In European species, I seem to remember that in Euleptes europaea intraspecific causes cause for a high portion of the populations to feature a regenerated tail.

This is a very nice paper on the subject.
http://ftp.eebweb.arizona.edu/courses/E ... 202009.pdf
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Re: Mediterranean House Geckos in Israel

Postby Omer Golan-Joel » Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:47 pm

Many thanks!
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Re: Mediterranean House Geckos in Israel

Postby Omer Golan-Joel » Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:26 am

Another gecko, photographed March 30th 2013. Note the regenerated half of the tail...
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Re: Mediterranean House Geckos in Israel

Postby Omer Golan-Joel » Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:56 pm

Two more geckos... Same house.
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Re: Mediterranean House Geckos in Israel

Postby Omer Golan-Joel » Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:18 pm

Another photo of the gecko with the fully-regenerated tail from my mother's balcony.
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