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The Mediterranean Gecko, Hemidactylus turcicus in Texas

Wm. K. Davis
Journal of Herpetology
Vol. 8, No. 1 (Jan. 28, 1974), pp. 77-80
DOI: 10.2307/1563079
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1563079
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The Mediterranean Gecko, Hemidactylus turcicus in Texas
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Abstract

The first report of Hemidactylus turcicus in Texas was made in 1955. The current range, consisting of numerous well established populations, is that area south of a line from Del Rio through San Antonio to Austin and Houston, Texas. The populations are extremely disjunct and always associated with human domiciles. Its habitat is consistently associated with well-lighted brick or stucco buildings. Fecundity is low but, in the absence of predation, population growth is extremely rapid. The distribution pattern is attributed to the Founder principle utilizing, with a few documented exceptions, unintentional human agencies. Dispersal routes in Texas, with time estimates, are postulated.

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