Geckos - Your Travel Lizard Friends

Leaves and Critters
Lizards in your room?! You'll learn to love them! And what the heck is that sound?!
None of the scientific stuff here. Just how these little guys relate to travel.

Geckos are the little grey-brown lizards you see climbing the walls and on ceilings. There are actually many types of geckos, but the most common are House Geckos (Hemidactylus frenatus - okay, that's scientific, whatever) which range in size up to around 6 inches. They change color slightly based on temperature and surroundings, and like other lizards, they have the ability to drop their tail in self-defense.
If you're lucky, you'll have a room full of geckos.
If you're lucky, you'll have a room full of geckos.
You'll see them everywhere, indoors and out, and although they might startle the heck out of you crawling up the wall of your room, be happy they're there since they are completely harmless and eat mosquitoes and other insects. Woohoo!

You're actually much more likely to be startled by their loud and distinct chirp which sounds nothing like how you'd expect a tiny lizard to sound! When they're mating, they make more of a clicking chirp that goes on and on the entire time they're playing around. I have had to scold more than one set of geckos to stop waking me up with their coital chirping. What does a gecko sound like?
OMG this little baby is so cute!
OMG this little baby is so cute!
They congregate on ceilings near lights for insect hunting.
They congregate on ceilings near lights for insect hunting.
They do cruise around during the day, but they're nocturnal so are primarily out at night running around the ceiling and hanging out near lights because it's the best place to hunt insects.

Not often, but I've had them be pesky - mainly while mating and will accidentally push things off the shelf while running around.

The one downside to geckos is that they poop everywhere. It's kind of a cross between bird poop and mouse poop and since they spend a lot of time on the ceiling, they drop their poop anywhere and everywhere. It's always a nice treat to wake up in the morning to a gecko poop on your clean dishes.
Okay I know this was bad. I had spilled some peanutbutter and when I went back to clean it up, this guy was having a taste. As soon as I took the photo, I shooshed him away.
Okay I know this was bad. I had spilled some peanutbutter and when I went back to clean it up, this guy was having a taste. As soon as I took the photo, I shooshed him away.

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