Mourning geckos are typically found on many vertical surfaces, as they have the ability to climb. Like other geckos, the top pads are covered with tiny, hair like structures called setae. Through friction, the setae create an adhesion that is so strong, the setae on one foot has been shown to support 20x the gecko’s body weight.
Coloration is tan with a dark zig-zag pattern on their back fading to a light creamy belly
Light-colored stripe from nostril to ear on both sides of the head
Eyelids are absent
Mourning geckos make a vocalization of 5-10 short chirps in quick succession and is believed to be where they received their name from.
All mourning geckos are females and they reproduce by parthenogenesis, which is a form of asexual reproduction. During parthenogenesis, an embryo is created without any contribution from a male. During breeding season, females will lay two eggs every four to six weeks and the eggs are said to be saltwater tolerant. They typically reach sexual maturity around 8-10 months old.
The mourning gecko population has not been evaluated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). As a result, the current status of the population is unknown.
2.7 to 3.7 inches (7 to 9.5 centimeters)
Nectar, fruit, fruit flies, and other small insects
Sri Lanka eastwards across tropical Asia