Native to coastal areas of Southeast Asia, but it has been widely introduced in tropical areas around the world. In the United States, it's been observed in Hawaii, Southern California, Texas, and Florida.
This nocturnal species thrives in tropical climates where humans are plentiful. It is often found on exterior walls, fences, or light posts, hunting near artificial lights. It frequently lives inside buildings as well. It will hide in any natural or manmade crevice, and within leafy vegetation.
Growing to about 4 inches in total length, this gecko has a moderately flat head and body. It has large toe pads for scaling almost any surface. Its tail is narrow and lined with a single row of mildly spiked scales down each lateral side. Its coloration is usually shades of grey or tan & brown. It typically has a dark streak on each side of its face, and its dorsum has a jagged banded pattern resembling tree bark. Ventrum is pale and unmarked.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians