Japanese Gecko – Gekko japonicus – Yamori the Housekeeping Gecko

This large rusted object in this video is an old Japanese cart. Upon close inspection I found it had a resident. This animal is the Japanese Gecko (Gekko japonicus). These geckos are elusive in their natural habitat due to their cryptic, nocturnal lifestyle. Curiously, one of the best places to see such geckos is in the city at night around streetlights where they come to catch insects. The Japanese gecko is called Yamori in Japanese which means ‘house guardian’ and reflects the fact that the gecko helps rid the house of pests.

Geckos are a very interesting type of lizard of the family Gekkonidae. They are found in warm climates all over the world. Some Geckos can change color as a means of camouflage. Many geckos lack eyelids and must therefore lick their eyes to keep them clean. Nocturnal geckos can discriminate colors at night when humans are utterly blind. Their eyesight is roughly 350 times more sensitive to light than ours. Geckos have marvelous feet! Special footpads allow the Gecko to adhere to almost any surface. Teflon is the only known material Geckos cannot stick to. Geckos eat insects and are thus often welcomed into homes in the tropics.

My thanks to the herpetology experts over at the FieldHerpForum for their help in identifying this animal. Please see the following post at their website where I posted my question and received expert advice:

http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=31244&p=32628…

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~ by softypapa on April 29, 2010.

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