Sri Lankan Spotted House Gecko - Hemidactylus parvimaculatus

Sri Lankan Spotted House Gecko

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

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Subspecies: No subspecies recognized.


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Species Range:  Native to Sri Lanka and southern India, and possibly a few small island nations in the Indian Ocean, though these may represent introduced populations. Since about 2010, multiple established and introduced populations have been found in the Bangkok area of Thailand. Recently in 2014, two individuals were found on Australia’s Christmas Island.

Louisiana Range:  Known only from the established population at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans and a possible established population in nearby Jefferson Parish, but see Author’s Remarks.


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Global Conservation Status:  Sri Lankan Spotted House Geckos have not be assessed on the IUCN Red List. They have also not been given a NatureServe Global Conservation Status.

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Exotic Sri Lankan Spotted House Geckos do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks: In August 2013 I photographed the gecko in the photos to the left in St. Tammany Parish on private property because it looked very different from the typical Mediterranean Geckos I usually see. Through discussion with David Heckard, first author of the paper stating their presence at Audubon Zoo, he confirmed that this gecko was indeed also a Sri Lankan Spotted House Gecko. In 2017 I have observed hundreds of these geckos in the Audubon are of New Orleans. Since 2018 I have observed dozens of individuals at a site in St. Charles Parish. In the years since we have found them at convenience stores near the interstate from New Orleans to West Baton Rouge. We have not checked further but I suspect they may eventually be found throughout southern Louisiana and eventually even further afield.

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