The Cochran’s croaking gecko (Aristelliger cochranae), also known as Navassa gecko, was first described in 1931 by Chapman Grant and named after notable herpetologist and artist Doris Mable Cochran. The species received its common name from the loud croaking call of the males during the mating period. It has a snout to vent length up to 63 mm in males and 53 mm in females. It has relatively short and massive legs. The colour of its body varies from beige brown to chestnut red and the back exhibits light spots. A dark chestnut crossband traverses from the snout to the head, the nape, and the eyes. The largest part of the tail is dark grey to black. The hatchlings have clear white crossbands on the tail. It is also a close relative to Aristelliger praesignis, the Jamaican “croaking lizard,” which often finds its way into Jamaican households, much to the dismay of the inhabitants. Many Jamaicans fear this gecko because of its speed and ability to stick to walls, but especially because of the croaking sound it makes while they are trying to sleep
TIPS TO KEEP LIZARDS OUT
- Keep a clean house. A messy house provides hiding place and food
- Place your furniture 6” away from your wall.
- Use window screens to prevent them from entering your home through your windows.
- Install UV insect traps to kill insects and bugs, reducing the food source for the lizard.
- Drop the temperature. Lizards love the warmth, not the cold.
- Lights attract lizards.
- If all else fails call the experts. TERMINEX PEST CONTROL.