Completion of this entire activity (Parts 1, 2 and 3) before the deadline (26 June 2020) will be counted as participation in one field trip.
Part 1: Find a Gecko
- Find a Gecko in your home or home compound.
- Look up! Scan the walls and ceilings.
- Listen up! The sound of Geckos’ cals gives you clues as to where they are hiding.
- The Geckos living around our homes are usually active at night. Try looking for them in the evening, near light sources.
- The presence of Gecko poop is a good sign that there are geckos around.
- Once you find one, snap a photo of it!
Part 2: ID that Gecko
- Try to identify the Gecko’s species. Here are some helpful hints:
- There are 4 species of Geckos that are often found in homes in Singapore.
- Four-Clawed Gecko (Gehyra mutilata): https://www.ecologyasia.com/verts/lizards/four-clawed_gecko.htm
- Common House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus): https://www.ecologyasia.com/verts/lizards/spiny-tailed_house_gecko.htm
- Flat-Tailed Gecko (Hemidactylus platyurus): https://www.ecologyasia.com/verts/lizards/flat-tailed_gecko.htm
- Maritime Gecko (Lepidodactylus lugubris): https://www.ecologyasia.com/verts/lizards/maritime_gecko.htm
- There is no one defining feature that distinguishes Gecko species from each other. When identifying your Gecko, look at its features as a group. E.g. tail, hind feet and dorsal (back/’top-view’)colouration.
- Use Reptile guide in the SGBioAtlas app to help you!
Part 3: Compare and share
- Describe 3 characteristics that helped you identify this species.
- Compare 3 characteristics/aspects of ecology of your Gecko with another lizard/lizard-like species* that can be found in Singapore.
- Choose any 3 of the characteristics/aspects of ecology below:
- Morphological features
- Native or introduced?
- Natural Diet
- Territoriality (is it known to defend a specific space that it occupies?)
- Sociality (does it lead a solitary life, or live in groups?)
- Activity Pattern (is it nocturnal, diurnal or crepuscular?)
- Where can you find it in Singapore?
- *These include reptile species from the following families:
|Agamid Lizards (Family Agamidae)||Anoles (Family Dactyloidae)|
|Skinks (Family Scincidae)||Skinks (Family Scincidae)|
|Other Gecko species (Family Gekkonidae)|
- Write a blog post with the following:
- Information from (3), (4) and (5).
- Photos from (2) and of the other lizard/lizard-like species in (5).
- Do credit the photographer. If possible, obtain permission from the photographer to use the photo.
- Photos in the following folder may be used, with credit to Lesley Chng:
- Upload your blog post under the ‘Guess that Gecko’ category.
Deadline: 2359, Friday 26 June 2020
- Check out these other blog posts about geckos in homes: