Scientific Name :Hemidactylus brooki
Family : Gekkonidae
Tamil Name : Palli
Description: Yellowish-brown above with irregular dark spots; one or two dark lines on the side of the head, passing through the eye. Body covered with small granules, intermixed tubercles arranged in 16-20 longitudinal series. Lower parts white; all the scales finely dotted with dark brown. Young specimens have cross lines of white tubercles on the back; those on the tail all white.
Distribution and status: Hemidactylus brookii, commonly known as Brook’s house gecko, is a widespread species of gecko. It occurs throughout the Indian subcontinent. It is one of the common Indian geckoes.
Habitat: It lives in a variety of habitats, on rocks, under stones and buildings.
Habits: Its loud chuck, chuck, chuck call is often heard after dusk.
Life cycle. Breeding commences after the winter down pour. Two spherical eggs are laid which hatch in about 39 days. It is widely distributed in India and Africa. It has been transported to various parts of the world by humans.
Role in the environment: It is a common gecko in India and any change in temperature across the country can have a disastrous effect.
Photo source: Dr. J. Subramanean