Nonnatives - White-spoted Wall Gecko

White-spotted Wall Gecko - Tarentola annularis

 

Florida's Exotic Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 1990s

Extirpated year:

Established status: Species are present and breeding but for less than 10 years.

Estimated Florida range: 2 counties  Less than 10 years, 1 county  Not reported breeding

Statewide trend: Unknown status

White-spotted Wall Gecko
Photograph by Kevin M. Enge © 2003

Threats to natives: May prey upon smaller lizards (Bartlett and Bartlett 1999).

Species Account: This robust North African species reaches a total length of 15 cm (6 in). It is grayish or sand colored with 4 white, tuberculate spots on the shoulders. It is heavy-jowled and predaceous on other lizards and invertebrates. Individuals can be found on the walls of buildings at night where they have been released or escaped from the pet trade, but hatchlings have not yet been observed (Bartlett and Bartlett 1999).

Habitats: Central or core urban area

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
DADE 1990s

 

Less than 10 years Warehouse complexes (Bartlett and Bartlett 1999)
LEE 1990s

 

Less than 10 years Warehouse complexes (Bartlett and Bartlett 1999)
LEON 1999

 

Not reported breeding Pet store in Tallahassee, where it has outcompeted Tokay geckos on outside walls of the building (K. Enge, FFWCC, Quincy, Florida, pers. obs.)

References

Bartlett, R. D., and P. P. Bartlett. 1999. A field guide to Florida reptiles and amphibians. Gulf Publishing Company, Houston, Texas. 278pp.

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