Hemidactylus frenatus or the Asian house Gecko or simply, the house lizard. They can be seen climbing walls of houses and other buildings in search of insects attracted to porch lights, hence their name. Spread around the world by ships, these geckos are now common in the southern half of the United States, large parts of tropical and sub-tropical Australia, and many other countries in South and Central America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. They grow to a length of between three to six inches (about 7.5–15 cm), and live for about five years.
A tropical gecko, Hemidactylus frenatus thrives in warm, humid areas where it can crawl around on rotting wood in search of the insects it eats. The animal is very adaptable and may prey on insects and spiders, displacing other reptiles.
Like many geckos, this species can lose its tail when alarmed. Its call or chirp rather resembles the sound “gecko, gecko”. However, this is an interpretation, and the sound may also be described as “tchak tchak tchak” (often sounded three times in sequence).
Welcome. This is my photoblog. The first post starts with my favorite snake in the world.
Naja naja – The Indian Spectacled Cobra.
One of the most interesting snakes to observe and study about, cobra’s are found in every nook and corner of this country. If spectacled cobra’s are found in abundance in peninsular India, the northern part has its own variant, the monocled cobra. Even the remote islands of Andaman and Nicobar has its own specimen, the Andaman cobra.
In the picture above, you see a close-up image of a spectacled cobra. This cobra was caught from the paddy fields near Mahabalipuram near chennai. It is a female that was brooding its eggs. The snake was allowed to brood after the photoshoot. Though she may seem to be quiet in the picture above, she was one angry lady when we pulled her out.
The Indian Cobra’s most known characteristic features are the wide black band on the underside of the neck, and the hood marking design which shows half-rings on either side of the hood. It is a smooth-scaled snake with black eyes, a wide neck and head, and a medium-sized body. Its coloring varies from black, to dark brown, to a creamy white. The body is usually covered with a spectacled white or yellow pattern, which sometimes forms ragged bands. The Indian cobra may grow from 1.8m to 2.2m. (India4U,2000; Discovery, 2000; Breen, 1974)
That’s it for now. Will be up with the next post soon! Bye.