5 types of lizards you might spot in or around your home

If you live in Hawaii it’s inevitable that you’ll find a lizard or two in your home at some point.  While some people prefer to not have them around, Others don’t seem to mind keeping them close as they’re known to eat any insects that may find their way into your home.  Here is a list of the 5 most common types of lizards you may find in or around your home.

Common House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus)

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The Common House Gecko is one of the most common geckos you can find in your home. These geckos are transparent looking and known to hunt mainly at night.  It’s believed that they found their way to Hawaii through cargo ships in the early 1800s. These lizards are not poisonous and feed mainly on fruit flies and other small insects.


Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

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The Green Anole was first introduced in the 1950’s due to a rapid increase in demand in the pet trade.  These lizards are most commonly found sunbathing on rocks or scavenging for food in gardens.  While they are not poisonous they are known to bite if you manage to get a hold of one.  These are great lizards to keep around as they feed mainly on spiders, flies, crickets, and other small insects.


Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)

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The Brown Anole isn’t known to be a picky eater, it eats just about anything it finds; sometimes including other lizards.  While found mostly outside, you can notice these lizards from a distance as the skin under their neck (called a dewlap) is bright red.  These lizards use their dewlap mainly to distinguish themselves by the colors they use and patterns of display that they show.


Gold Dust Day Gecko (Phelsuma laticauda)

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The Gold Dust Day Gecko more commonly known as a “Madagascar lizard” is known for it’s green color with bright orange markings on it’s face and back.  While often found in or around your home these geckos eat a verity of food including spiders, small insects, fruit, nectar, and even other lizards (when they’re hungry enough).  It’s suspected that the Gold Dust Day Gecko found it’s way to Hawaii through plants in the 1980’s and has become a permanent resident ever since.


Jackson's Chameleon (Trioceros jacksonii)

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On rare occasions you might be able to catch glance of a Jackson’s Chameleon lurking in your trees.  These cool looking lizards were first introduced to Hawaii in 1972 due to them being popular pets.  They were released intentionally in Kāneʻohe with the hope of reducing predatory insects and snails.  These lizards resemble miniature dinosaurs and are known to change patterns and colors. While they may be cool to look at, don’t think of selling them! According to the DLNR website, possible penalties include a $200,000 fine and the possibility of prison if they are exported between islands or commercially to the mainland.