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Know anything about lizards?

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by The Nak, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. The Nak

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    I keep finding these little lizards everywhere in/around the house. They are very small, this one is about 2", the biggest I've seen is maybe 3". When I opened the breaker box a couple of months ago, 6-7 squeezed through the cover and back behind the breakers. Also when I cleaned the outside A/C unit there were 10-15 dead dry little lizard bodies in there. They are very nearly transparent. Not really a bother, just curious if anyone out there in Mud Land knows about lizards.

    :cheers:

    Nak
     
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    Where do you live?

    Looks like some kind of gecko variety.
     
  4. The Nak

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    Yes, Eric, I do believe something is awry in that vid.

    East Tx, Doc
     
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    They do look very gecko-ey.

    Eat bugs = good
     
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    Any lizard climbing a sheet of glass is a gecko. :)
     
  7. The Nak

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    Actually I stuck him in a large glass measuring bowl, he can't climb out. I'm waiting for my 4 year old to wake up, she'll love it, then we'll let it go.

    What are the reasons for thinking it's a gecko? Eyes, toes, build, etc?
     
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    Okay, I guess I lied. Went to check on him, and he'd scaled the walls of his glass prison and escaped. Oh well, another will turn up shortly...
     
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    It looks like a gecko to me, eyes, body. But if it is a gecko it should be able to climb up walls and glass, and sell me car insurance.
     
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    Why would you buy car insurance from a gecko with an australian accent?

    Better yet, why not?
     
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    I didn't think that geckos had those nail looking thingys. Ie, I thought they had smooth toes.
     
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    They make a sweet pair of boots! :flamingo: :flamingo:
     
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    Nah, those toes are the giveaway that it's a gecko. I just saw this on Animal Planet last night when they were talking about how geckos can climb pretty much anything. Those toes are like that to maximize surface area, as each of those scales has many many little hairs that each splits into many many tips. At that level of smallness, the capillary force from ambient humidity and something I don't really understand called the Van der Waal's Force combine to create a huge amount of grip.

    If that gecko were to spread its toes out on a bowling ball so every hair on every toe made contact, he'd generate enough force that you'd lift the bowling ball off the ground before you'd lift the gecko off the ball.

    Of course, doing that would break the gecko, but that's outside the scope of the illustration. :D
     
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    :doh:

    ;p

    :D
     
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    I guess my wife was right - I don't know s*** about geckos.
     
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    Sounds like you have a nice little population of Mediterranean geckos, Hemidactylus turcicus and what you have pictured is a young one. These have become establised in the US across the south. You'll seldom see them since they're nocturnal, but while you're sleeping they'll be out eating the little roaches roaming about :) You can bet that you have a lot more that what you've noticed.
     
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    Mediterranean Gecko, indeed. We have them everywhere. Each time I see one down at our building sites I catch them and bring them home for release onto our house walls. Some are very big and fat now that they've eaten all the bugs around our porch light! Sometimes they run in the front door when we open it.........I love these little dudes.
     
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    In north Australia our houses are constantly invaded by geckos. They are cool but crap on everything. Also they bark like a very small dog. Believe it or not its true.Great mossie and bug catchers.
     
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    I would be careful having too many around your house in case they attract crocodiles, which are big time gecko's predators. crocodiles will crap everywhere and mess up your floorsl plus eat your dog.
     
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    ROTFL, :D Good one. :idea: I thought geckos grew up to be crocs. These little blokes get the bugs outside also [green tree frogs] :cheers:
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