No one seemed to have a guess as to who my friends here were, so let me tell you a little about them. They are Mediterranean geckos (Hemidactylus turcicus). As the name might imply, they are not native to the Flordia ecosystem where I found them. They are native to Southern Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East but were introduced to the southeastern states in the U.S., likely from hiding in cargo. Adaptable, the species quickly spred and is slowly inching their way up the eastern coast and are currently as far west as Texas. Recently they were also found in California, likely another stow-away incident. This just goes to show how easy it is for species to be unintentionally introduced to new areas, and how much more effort we need to put into prevention (read my Battle of the Invasives post for more information on this).
These are nocturnal animals that prey on insects, spiders, and other invertebrates. Obviously, they compete with native species that also prey on the same animals. Adults range between 10.2-12.7 cm (4-5 in.) on average. The males of the species are also rather vocal for geckos; they can be heard squeaking during fights and territory claims and also advertize their ability to mates by clicking. And as you can surmise from the picture, they have pads on their toes that let them climb on walls and other upright objects.
They were an interesting little find for me. I had gone out in search of herps that I’d seen briefly going in and out of the house, but didn’t expect to see these little guys hanging out with the green tree frogs. There were quite a few of those too. Alas, I never did get a good look at the skink I managed to only see the tail end of, before it went diving for cover underneath the shed. But, maybe next time.