Latin: Mabuya multifasciata
English: Common Sun Skink, Many-lined Sun Skink, Many-striped Skink
Indonesian: Kadal Kebun
Several times I have
been waiting for the skink living in our back yard to move to the
right position for being photographed. Unfortunately I can not get
anything better than a shot from far away when it is sunbathing near
a place it can hide. It lives in a pile of dead branches
and leaves in the corner of the garden.
Initially I took this animal for a Garden Supple Skink: Lygosoma bowringii (Riopa bowringii), but N S Wong kindly informed me that the correct name is Mabuya multifasciata. The animal in the picture seems to be a female:
Dorsal scales are keeled, usually distinctly tricarinate (three-ridged). The main distinct difference from the males is that the females have many white spots (ocelli) that are edged distinctly by black colouration.
It is about 12 cm long and has a greenish-brown skin. Depending on the light direction it shows indistinct lines on the back (running from head to tail) and small spots at the side of the body. .
The animal is very shy, and that is the reason it can survive in our garden. Our female cat is an every-day hunter that has a special interest in this kind of reptiles. Too often I find a dropped (or bitten off?) skink or gecko tail already crowded by ants. But that is part of the laws of the jungle (and garden) I guess.
English: Spiny-tailed House Gecko, Common House Gecko
Indonesian: Cecak kayu
Size (snout to vent) : 6.5 cm ; (total length) : 13.5 cm
Most geckos I find after dark
sitting around the outdoor lamps above the terrace. The lamps
attract insects, and these are an important part of the geckos'
diet. It is interesting to see them waiting and then suddenly
attacking with unexpected fast moves.
In the daytime geckos still are active, but will hide in the shade of leaves, the eaves of the roof or other shelter.
The name of the 'Spiny-tailed House Gecko' is related to the fact that this gecko has characteristic rows of spiky tubercles along its tail. The colour of this species can vary from very light to dark brown.
Its other name, 'Common House Gecko', tells us that this gecko is common in many areas.
Beside in many parts of Asia its distribution ranges from East and South Africa to Mexico. In many tropical and sub-tropical areas the Common House Gecko is not indigenous, but was introduced.
Latin: Cosymbotus platyurus
Indonesian: Cecak tembok
Size (snout to vent): 6.5 cm ; Size (total length): 13 cm
This gecko is common in many areas. First I thought
it to be a Four-clawed Gecko. After making some better photos I could see some important details.
Based on its tail which is serrated along the edge I think it is
safe to say this is a Flat-tailed Gecko. An other characteristic are
the half-webbed fingers. Though this gecko is said to be nocturnal,
I see it often active in the daytime on the walls under overhanging