Invasions of the tropical house gecko Hemidactylus mabouia (Moreau de Jonnes, 1818) in the tropical Americas are well documented. While this gecko has been reported as well established and expanding its range in Florida, here we document the first record in the United States outside of this state. We detected a small reproducing population in Cameron County, Brownsville, Texas. We expect a rapid colonization of buildings by this species in southern Texas. We consider that this potential invasion poses novel obstacles to the continued presence of the earlier invasive Mediterranean gecko Hemidactylus turcicus (Linnaeus, 1758) across Texas
Fierro-Cabo, Alejandro, and August Rentfro. 2014. “First Record of the Tropical House Gecko (Hemidactylus Mabouia Moreau de Jonnès, 1818) in Texas.” BioInvasions Records 3 (4): 309–12. https://doi.org/10.3391/bir.2014.3.4.14.