Geckos in Puerto Rico
There are more than 1,500 gecko species. Here in Puerto Rico, there are about 20! They are very common in tropical climates but can inhabit a wide variety of environments. These reptiles are usually on the smaller side. They possess limbs and digit pads that enable them to be proficient climbers. Geckos can run at a high speed. They also can detach their tail and regenerate a new one. These reptiles are known to make a noise when communicating with other members. Geckos give birth by laying eggs.
Geckos can survive in a variety of climates and atmospheres. They have been found in deserts and rainforests alike. As mostly nocturnal creatures, they are only seen during the nighttime. As cold-blooded reptiles, geckos prefer areas that are warm and humid. They often congregate toward properties when nighttime lights attract insects.
Gecko Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers
Geckos are considered beneficial in helping reduce the number of insects. However, they can be destructive when they get into your property. Geckos often get into air conditioner units to build nests, which can cause irreparable damage. The good news is that geckos are not poisonous nor do they often bite. When they do bite, they rarely pierce the skin. Occasionally, geckos can carry salmonella.
If you have spotted gecko activity in or on your property, always contact a professional wildlife control expert for help.
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