Asian House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus)

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Asian House Gecko
Hemidactylus frenatus
Asian House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus)
Name Asian House Gecko
Name Lat. Hemidactylus frenatus
Family Geckos
Family lat. Gekkonidae
Order Scaled Reptiles
Order lat. Squamata
Origin Southeast Asia
Habitat Forests
Diet Insects
Humidity 70-90 %
Behavior Nocturnal; ♂ territorial
Keeping Individual, pair, harem
Care Level Easy
Reproduction Oviparous
Housing Humid terrarium
Life Span 6-8 years
Protection No
Metric Units
Size 12 cm
Temperature 25-28 °C
Temperature Local 35 °C
Housing Size 50 x 50 x 80 cm
US Units
Size 4.7"
Temperature 77-82 °F
Temperature Local 95 °F
Housing Size 20" x 20" x 30"

Distribution and habitat

The nocturnal Asian half egrets originate from South and Southeast Asia and were carried to Africa, Australia, Mexico and the Pacific Islands. They are cultural followers, living on trees, rocks and walls.


Minimum dimensions for the terrarium, according to the size and number of animals

1-2 animals 6KRL x 6KRL x 8KRL (L x W x H)

Head-torso length (KRL) is measured on the largest animal. For each additional animal, increase the footprint by 15%. A terrarium of e.g. 50 x 50 x 80 cm is recommended, which should be placed in a quiet and vibration-free place

You need a terrarium with climbing branches and stone structures with crevices as well as some plants, such as Ficus, Scindapsus etc. (hiding and shade places), structured back and side walls (e.g. cork covering), a substrate of forest soil-peat mixture and a water basin (waterfall). The substrate should always be kept slightly moist. Several times a day the inside of the terrarium should be finely sprayed with water (humidity), but a rain or mist system is better

Temp. day: 25-28 °C Temp. night: 20-23 °C Temp. local: up to 35 °C Humidity: 70-90

Thermostatically controlled floor heating is recommended. Lighting duration must be 12-14 hrs. Daylight fluorescent tubes are ideal. A special UV light is not necessary.


The food supply consists of live insects, such as crickets, house crickets, grasshoppers, millipedes, zophobas and mealybug larvae. Alternatively, special ready-made food for insectivorous reptiles can be offered, possibly with tweezers for habituation. Wax moths should only be fed in small amounts to adults, but not to juveniles, because of their large fat content. Regular addition of minerals and vitamins (dusting of food) is important. Young animals should be offered food daily, adult animals 4-5 times a week. Drinking water must always be available

A regular and varied diet promotes health and prevents deficiency symptoms.

Reproduction and breeding

Adult males are usually larger and more powerfully built than females and can be recognized by their preanal pores (pore-like openings in front of the anal cleft).

The female lays her hard-shelled eggs (1-3 pieces) in the decoration several times a year. At a temperature of 28 °C the incubation period is 40-50 days. Breeding is not practiced. As first food for the young animals small insects like fruit flies and micro crickets are suitable

The life expectancy can be 6-8 years.


Their toes have claws and a double row of adhesive lamellae.

Sunny places with radiant heat are readily accepted.

Adult males, but also females are territorial and incompatible with each other. However, keeping them in pairs is unproblematic

For the resting phase, the lighting duration is reduced by 2-3 hours and the temperature is lowered by 3-4 °C for approx. two months

With fruit and honey water as food for the feeders, their quality can be upgraded.

The terrarium must have good ventilation without drafts and meet the species specific needs. Measuring devices such as thermometers, hygrometers, etc. are necessary. The lighting has to correspond to the species-specific day-night rhythm and has to be placed in such a way that the animals cannot injure themselves. The terrarium should be locked in such a way that neither unauthorized persons can open it nor the animals can escape. Contamination must be removed regularly.

Further literature can be found in your pet store.


Text: petdata; Image: petdata

Source: BMELV (1997): Tierschutzgutachten - Mindestanforderungen an die Haltung von Reptilien; ENGELMANN (2006): Zootierhaltung - Tiere in menschlicher Obhut: Reptilien und Amphibien, Harri Deutsch Verlag

  • Gemäß § 21 Abs. 5 Tierschutzgesetz idgF