Nonnatives - Bibron's Gecko

Bibron's Gecko - Pachydactylus bibroni


Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 1970s

Extirpated year:

Established status: Species are present but not confirmed to be breeding. Population persists only with repeated introductions and/or escapes of individuals.

Estimated Florida range: 1 county  At least 10 years

Statewide trend: Unknown status

Threats to natives: Unknown, but may prey upon smaller vertebrates, such as other lizards.

Species Account: This southern African species is commonly seen at its small introduction site in Manatee County, where it has persisted since the 1970s. Most Florida specimens of this robust species only reach 14 cm (5.5) inches long. The back is a tan to light brown color with transverse dark bars and scattered white tubercles, but the coloration lightens at night, when they are active. They are most frequently observed hanging head down on the outer walls of buildings near the eaves, but they sometimes can be seen on power poles and trees. They make squeaking-clicks when captured, fighting, or advertising their presence (Bartlett and Bartlett 1999).

Habitats: Low density suburban development, areas peripheral to core urban areas, and small towns

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes


At least 10 years (Bartlett and Bartlett 1999)


Bartlett, R. D., and P. P. Bartlett. 1999. A field guide to Florida reptiles and amphibians. Gulf Publishing Company, Houston, Texas. 278pp.

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