I’ve seen house geckos on four continents now (Australia, South America, North America, Africa). However, Kenya (and sub-Saharan Africa in general) is their native range! We were all quite fond of the geckos at the research camp because they ate all sorts of pest insects. Plus, it’s always fun to hear their little feet ticka-tacking around your tent. When I was tidying up my tent on the day I was leaving camp, I picked up my pillow to see if I’d left anything behind, and a gecko stared back up at me.
Because we had drop toilets in the research camp, the geckos’ favourite place was the bathroom. A fly buffet every day! When I worked at the zoo, we introduced tiger geckos to control the cockroach problem…then we had a gecko problem. But no one really minds having geckos scatter when you turn on the lights.
The view from inside my tent, including resident geckos
Keeping the tent safe from cockroaches
Another researcher found and hatched some gecko eggs. Human finger for scale!
Freshly hatched gecko babies!