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April 11, 2013 / diannegray

I don’t scare easily, until…

I’m not too bad with creepy crawlies or snakes or serial killers (I’ve never come up against a serial killer, but if I do I’ll let you know – hopefully). I’m kind of a casual person and am rarely ruffled (unless, of course, I’m on a road trip in monsoon storms with a dog who has diarrhea).

On Monday I took the day off working at the RUC. I needed to get the place where I’m currently staying into ship shape. You know, the boring things like washing and folding and vacuuming and washing floors and on and on ad nauseam…

In January I wrote about these two cute geckos who decided to put on a bit of a luv fest above my head (so I did the only sensible thing and took a photo of them).

Gecko hug

So I’m cleaning away on Monday and on the clothes dryer outside I find (what I think is) a tablet about the size of a tic tac. Hmm, interesting. How did that get there? I picked it up to take a good look at it and gave it a bit of a squeeze (as you do when you find a random tic tac on the clothes dryer).

It looked like this picture below (but it wasn’t on a spoon – go figure).

Before I knew it the thing burst open and a tiny gecko jumped out and attached itself to my nose. For a second I thought it was going to ask “Are you my mother?” – but before it had the chance I screamed and it jumped onto the table.

Here is a picture of the cute little fella with some of the shell still on his back.

Gecko with shell

I chased him around for a while from the table to the floor until I got all the shell off. To give an indication of his tiny size, that blurry thing near him is a house fly that was in the process of taking off (hence the blur). 

Gecko with fly


He’s now living happily ever after with his Kama Sutra parents in a quiet little nook outside the kitchen window. I saw his father looking very pensive last night – proud that his little offspring survived.

Here’s dad, on the outside ceiling behind the light checking out his enormous shadow 

Gecko shadow

I may have shattered the image of my brevity getting all weirded out when the little fella jumped on my nose, but I’m sure I did the right thing in the end…

Would you have jumped? Or am I just turning into a little sissy?




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  1. Theo Fenraven / Apr 11 2013 7:15 am

    I’d have jumped, and then felt silly for doing it. I mean, who knew? Tiny tic-tac=gecko baby egg. 🙂 Thanks for giving me one hell of a good laugh.


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 7:29 am

      It all happened so quickly, Theo. What a surprise I got lol! 😀


  2. mrscarmichael / Apr 11 2013 7:18 am

    jumped 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 7:30 am

      I’m so glad it wasn’t just me going soft 😉


  3. danpentagram / Apr 11 2013 7:23 am

    It seems completely surreal to us UK readers, where a gecko would have definitely been out of place! Great pics, Dianne.


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 7:31 am

      I’m used to the things and it was out of place for me too, Dan. I’ve seen plenty of geckos – but never an egg! 😀


  4. Carrie Rubin / Apr 11 2013 7:28 am

    I most definitely would have jumped, but even I, who dislikes all creatures without fur, have to agree that little guy is cute.


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 7:32 am

      He is very cute, Carrie! I wonder what he thought of me (who is this massive being squeezing my shell?!) LOL 😀


      • Carrie Rubin / Apr 11 2013 8:25 am

        Haha. Yes, I guess things were much worse from his perspective!


  5. Rick Mallery / Apr 11 2013 7:31 am

    Woohoo! We get to revisit the gecko porn! 😀 And I definitely would have jumped.


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 7:34 am

      I’m pretty sure you told me when I first posted the gecko love picture to watch out for babies! I WAS looking for babies – not eggs LOL 😀


      • Rick Mallery / Apr 11 2013 10:10 am

        I forgot about that…but I think you are right too! LOL!!! 😀


  6. Letizia / Apr 11 2013 7:32 am

    What an amazing story! He is so cute 🙂

    I’m sure he will always think of you as his godmother or, should I say, gecko-mother!


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 7:36 am

      LOL – I love gecko-mother! What a great name, Letizia. I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on the little fella to make sure he grows up safe and healthy 😀


  7. JackieP / Apr 11 2013 7:37 am

    I think even a big tuff guy would have jumped. You don’t expect a baby gecko to jump out of a tic tac onto your nose! Too funny…… 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 7:47 am

      It was like something out of “Alien” (only the gecko wasn’t the monster I thought it was!) LOL 😉


  8. amb / Apr 11 2013 7:38 am

    Oh my gosh, he is so tiny! So glad you were able to get some pictures of the little dude. If he attached himself to my face I would have jumped a mile!


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 7:48 am

      Maybe I shouldn’t have held it so close, but I didn’t have my glasses on so I needed to take a really good look, Amb – LOL 😀


  9. Janna G. Noelle / Apr 11 2013 7:45 am

    Unbelivable, Dianne! (and unbelievably cool!) Every new animal story you post more and more makes that new house sound like some kind of crazy menagerie. 🙂 That little guy is so cute, and it’s cool that his parents are still around.


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 7:50 am

      I’m expecting him to start following me around the house asking for food now he thinks I’m his mother 😉

      He’s VERY cute, but it was a big surprise the way I found him 😀


  10. Hazy Shades of Me / Apr 11 2013 7:47 am

    You do lead quite the life, don’t you?

    Soft? No! I’m afraid the little thing would not have survived MY ‘weirding out’!!!


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 7:52 am

      There’s always something going on around this place. I think I need to get myself one of those cameras that cyclists wear on their helmets because things happen so quickly!

      I’m glad I’m going soft – lol 😀


  11. John / Apr 11 2013 8:16 am

    Certainly would have jumped! You and your critters… They just love you!


  12. DaydreamsinWonderland / Apr 11 2013 8:25 am

    I love your photos. 😀 & Yes, I would’ve jumped just simply due to not expecting a creature to jump out of that tiny thing.
    Thank you for the smiles.
    & P.S.
    He is very cute. 😀


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 8:33 am

      I’m so glad you like the photos – I’m a terrible photographer and hoping to improve soon 😉

      Yes – he’s a very cute little fella indeed! 😀


      • DaydreamsinWonderland / Apr 11 2013 8:51 am

        No, you’re not! You’re pretty good! I love the one with the Daddy lizard’s shadow. 😉


      • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 3:54 pm

        I couldn’t resist that one because it looked so funny 😉


  13. Jill Weatherholt / Apr 11 2013 8:43 am

    LOL!!!!!! That was hilarious, Dianne! I would have completely freaked out if that happened to me. I applaud your efforts to remove the rest of the shell. I would have fled the scene, screaming like a baby! I love the shadow photo…too funny! 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 3:53 pm

      He looked so HUGE in the shadow photo I just couldn’t resist! 😀


  14. Photos With Finesse / Apr 11 2013 8:47 am

    I think I would have jumped at the nose leap – probably visualizing Hungarian Dragons from Harry Potter. Am glad he wasn’t fire-breathing. Thanks for the laugh! 😀


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 3:54 pm

      I’m just glad he didn’t go UP my nose, Suzan! 😉


  15. Corner of Confessions / Apr 11 2013 8:56 am

    LOL. I definitely would have jumped. And ran…far away. LOL.


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 3:55 pm

      LOL! He was so tiny I needed tweezers to get the shell off! 😉


  16. the eternal traveller / Apr 11 2013 8:59 am

    I would have jumped and hollered as well. I don’t do animals really, so it would have been very traumatic. Did anything come out of the other tic tac egg?


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 3:57 pm

      I didn’t take a picture of the egg (I had to download one from the internet to show you what they looked like and they only had a picture of two together) 😉


      • the eternal traveller / Apr 11 2013 4:18 pm

        Oh, you tricked me! I thought you had two… Lucky, or you could have had two tiny babies hanging off your face.


      • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:49 pm

        Thank goodness I didn’t – one may have misfired and ended up in my mouth because it was gaping so much from shock – LOL 😀


  17. Britt Skrabanek / Apr 11 2013 9:01 am

    LOL! I would have screamed, peed in my pants, then made sure he got away safe and sound.


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 3:58 pm

      LOL! I LOVE this response, Britt. You’re a classic! 😀


  18. Jenny Ackland / Apr 11 2013 9:03 am

    I think this has to be one of my favourite posts in the history of the world, ever. I’ve been reading blogs since 2005; this one cracked me up. Squeezing a tic tac? A tiny gecko jumps on your nose? And you get photos? I am mightily impressed. I’m not squeamish and am pretty rock solid when it comes to many things but I would have jumped and probably cried in shock. Good on you! And thanks for the pre-breakfast laugh!


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:00 pm

      Thank you so much Jenny (I’m honoured to be one of your favourite posts in history – WOO HOO!) I don’t know who got the bigger shock – him or me! 😀


  19. Penny L Howe / Apr 11 2013 9:08 am

    Dianne, Dianne, the life you live! You don’t need to write fascinating fiction stories, your life is one! Wow, I would have definitely screamed, jumped and then probably gone over and made sure the little guy was okay. This is an excellent story with great photos, thanks for sharing! You’re amazing … on your nose … omg …


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:02 pm

      It all happened so quickly, Penny. It felt like something out of a horror movie at first when he jumped out and landed on my nose. What an athlete he was for a critter who just popped out of his egg 😀


      • Penny L Howe / Apr 12 2013 3:43 am

        I can imagine those initial first moments. Scary indeed! 🙂


  20. mcwoman / Apr 11 2013 9:14 am

    Diane – Thanks for the LOL. I still don’t know how you live with all the “wild life,” because the scariest thing in Wisconsin in probably something that buzzes. I think a gecko on my house, be it a baby gecko–would scare the s**t out of me!


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:03 pm

      Geckos may look like miniature crocodiles but they’re really friendly little things (and they eat the bugs which is always a plus!) 😀


  21. 1girl4adamwest / Apr 11 2013 9:29 am

    I would have freaked hence, you done good!


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:04 pm

      LOL – I’m just glad I didn’t squash him accidently (I probably would have cried for days) LOL 😀


  22. justinwriter / Apr 11 2013 9:33 am

    Oh, this is wonderful! A baby gecko is born into the world. You should hold a competition to name it. 🙂 I would have jumped, especially if it had looked like a Tic Tac and I popped it into my mouth. But on the nose, I would have swiped and then been totally mesmerised and intrigued by the little critter.


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:07 pm

      Maybe I should name him Tic Tac! You’ve just won the competition, Justin! 😀

      I’m glad I didn’t put it in my mouth (I probably would have if I usually ate tic tacs and thought I’d just dropped one) LOL 🙂


  23. ramblingsfromamum / Apr 11 2013 10:11 am

    This was delightful! Of course I would have jumped…there is this unknown little alien attached to my nose, but how adorable is he/she. Fantastic photos Di and great post. I only hope he survives and the ‘other creepy crawlies’ where you live don’t have him for breakfast. xx


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:10 pm

      I’m not sure there is anything here that would eat him (maybe a cane toad, but the geckos tend to stick to the ceiling and walls where they can’t be reached). He started eating flies and mosquitoes straight away so he’s a hero in my book! 😀


  24. Peter / Apr 11 2013 10:20 am

    Lordy, Lordy, Lordy…. you never cease to make me smile. And yeah — I’d be startled. Not sure if I’d jump — at 64 I move a little slower and a little less than I did at 20, but hey — who expects a gecko to emerge from a tick tac?

    Love the Kama Sutra Gecko image….. which is what I do — someone says something and next thing you know I have a mental image of the comment. But, not sure what to do with Geckos in Reverse Cowgirl or Butterfly. Those tails keep getting in the way…..

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    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:12 pm

      It certainly was a shock, Peter! I’m glad you like the gecko pic – I really don’t know how they manage to do anything with those tails flicking everywhere! 🙂


  25. lexiesnana / Apr 11 2013 11:00 am

    Now does he have any relatives in the insurance business? I laughed so hard that Hungarian Work Horse asked me if I was alright from the living room.


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:13 pm

      LOL! This is probably where they all started (slippery little blighters!) 😀 I’m glad this gave you a good laugh (they never go astray) 😉


  26. Ruth Rainwater / Apr 11 2013 11:02 am

    I found a gecko under my pillow one day when I was making the bed. I’m still not sure who was more startled, me or the gecko. And I can’t be sure, but I’m pretty sure I jumped, as did the gecko.


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:14 pm

      I’m not sure if he was more startled than me either, Ruth. Imagine jumping out of your egg to find two big eyes looking at you and someone screaming! 🙂


  27. avwalters / Apr 11 2013 11:02 am

    Jumped–it’s the surprise factor. But what a tiny little invention that one is!


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:15 pm

      He certainly is very cute indeed. The fact that he’s now eating flies and mosquitoes makes him a true hero in my eyes 😀


  28. nrhatch / Apr 11 2013 11:07 am

    They don’t bother me much . . . but having one HATCH out of an egg and deposit itself on my nose would have elicited an audible shriek! EEK!


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:17 pm

      I think you’ve captured the sound I made beautifully, Nancy! It was an audible shriek! EEEEEEK! 😯


  29. ly / Apr 11 2013 11:08 am

    Did he ever get around to thanking you for getting him out of that shell??? I wouldn’t be surprised if he does follow you around the house thinking your nose is his mom. Love the shadow photo–you could win some contest with that one!!


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:19 pm

      I’d never thought of putting my gecko shadow picture in a contest, Ly – sounds interesting (but I wouldn’t know where to start). 😦

      I’m sure if he could talk he would have thanked me but he just made a little grunting noise and headed to his parents lair 😀


  30. kford2007 / Apr 11 2013 11:11 am

    I would have jumped even though we have these cute little guys here in Florida. They’re so adorable when they are that little.


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:20 pm

      They’re adorable and extremely fast! I’m just glad he didn’t jump in my mouth (yikes – that would be a tale to tell!) 😀


  31. EllaDee / Apr 11 2013 11:34 am

    I’ve been laughing at the image of you there nearsighedtly squeezing and peering… Luckily it was just a gecko. I would have squealed like a girl! It’s my normal reaction to anything unexpected like that. I recover instantly but the damage, that I look like an idiot and I’ve frightened whatever it is off, is done.We had a green snake I was dying to have a look at but when it popped its head up next to me in the garden I squealed and I’ve never seen it again dammit. Baby gecko is a cutie and it appears right from the get go he has a gecko appetite for flies 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:25 pm

      Oh, I love green snakes! We get green ones and blue ones here that live in the trees and they are just stunning! Don’t worry – I’m sure yours will come back to say hello 😉

      The little gecko has been busy eating flies and mosquitoes so I’m really happy about that, maybe soon he’ll be big enough to eat some of those moths that sting the lemons 😀


  32. Darla Welchel / Apr 11 2013 12:08 pm

    You had every right to jump; if a tiny creature would have popped out of a tic tac onto my nose, I think I might have had a heart attack and fallen on my face!
    But curious? How did jumping on the table save you from the little guy stuck on your nose????
    LOL 😛
    This was defiantly a story to make me smile, laugh, pee my pants!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing, and I don’t think less of you for being startled by life out of a tic tac!
    I just knew you were going to say a 1000 tiny spiders spilled forth from the white ball. That’s what we get here in Oklahoma.
    Have a great day! And great pics!


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:29 pm

      Oh – the little guy jumped on the table not me! LOL 😀

      I’m glad the story made you laugh (sorry about making you pee your pants!) 😉

      1000 tiny spiders wouldn’t have been nearly as funny – though I have had those on me in the past while gardening YIKES not nice at all 😯


      • Darla Welchel / Apr 13 2013 9:25 am

        No problem, at my age, it doesn’t take much! LOL
        Okay, I got confused about who jumped on the table. I think its more funny with you being the jumper. LOL
        I’ve made the mistake of squashing a spiders egg sack and having a hoard of babies come out at me; but you are right, that wouldn’t have been as funny!


  33. godtisx / Apr 11 2013 12:12 pm

    LOL. I’m a little creeped out reading about it. Lol…

    The pics are cool.


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:30 pm

      I was creeped out as well – believe me. I’m just glad it was a gecko and not a little snake – yikes! 😉


      • godtisx / Apr 11 2013 5:00 pm

        Hmm. GOOD POINT. YEAH.


  34. The Bumble Files / Apr 11 2013 12:49 pm

    This is so wild, Dianne. You have all the adventures. I definitely would have jumped. How could you expect a lizard to come out of that tiny egg? How cute he must have been!!


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:31 pm

      He was the cutest little thing I’ve ever seen. Knowing that he opened his eyes to life on my nose was a blast! (albeit a shocking blast) lol 😀


  35. sherrylcook / Apr 11 2013 1:52 pm

    Dianne, that is halarious! I would have jumped and probably fell over backwards….too funny!


    • diannegray / Apr 14 2013 7:45 am

      I’m just glad I didn’t or I might have squashed the poor little thing! LOL 😀 I’m glad this gave you a bit of a giggle – me too 😉


  36. Pagadan / Apr 11 2013 2:21 pm

    I’d have jumped! As someone said, it’s the surprise factor. Along with the anoles and geckos here in Florida, we have black snakes always zipping around the place. I’m not afraid of them, but when they zip right by your feet, I shriek and jump!


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:36 pm

      I’ve broken a snake egg before thinking it was a chook egg and that wasn’t nearly as funny as the gecko jumping out at me! 😯

      It’s right saying it’s the surprise factor. Had I known it was a gecko egg I probably would have gently laid it back in its spot and not ‘brought on its birth’ – so to speak! lol 😀

      Snakes (particularly black and brown ones) always make me shriek and jump!


  37. Pagadan / Apr 11 2013 2:27 pm

    Btw, thanks for the pictures and descriptions, but I must say that taking a road trip in monsoon storms with a dog who has diarrhea impresses me too. Oh, are you on Pinterest? Great place to share those photos. I have a Cool Critters board there…


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:37 pm

      No – I’m not on Pinterest. My kids are so I’ll have to ask them about putting my stuff up there. Thank you for the suggestion 😀


  38. Irish Katie / Apr 11 2013 2:52 pm

    wow …that is sort of beyond cool. Kind of like…letting life out. But that big dinosaur came out of a little tic tac sized egg?

    I would have screamed and jumped and totally freaked out by the way lol. But like you, I think I would have found him…her…errr…it…and carried it outside *smiles* (I pick up earthworms when it rains and put them back in the grass so no one steps on them.)


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:40 pm

      Awww – Katie, you’re a woman after my own heart! I absolutely love creatures and even earthworms deserve a chance! You’re a true champion 😀


  39. harulawordsthatserve / Apr 11 2013 3:33 pm

    That is sooooo cool! You’re a gecko midwife! He’s so cute, and what a tiny egg! For sure I would’ve jumped too – it’s just not what you eggspect, right! Have a great day and thanks for starting mine with a good laugh:-)


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:42 pm

      LOL – I certainly didn’t eggspect it, Harula! I love being a gecko midwife now – and a gecko mummy. That was the last thing I expected to pop out of that little tic tac! I’m so glad I started your day with a good laugh, my friend 😀


  40. Rebecca Bradley / Apr 11 2013 3:49 pm

    I would have definitely jumped. And screamed like a girl. Then done as you did. How brilliant! To see things like that happen. And to have today’s technology and photograph it as it does happen. Love this.


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:45 pm

      I could have told the story and without pics it doesn’t seem to have such an impact. I love being able to take them straight away and post them up here, Rebecca. What a brilliant world we live in! 😀

      I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about my little sojourn as a gecko midwife 😀


  41. bulldog / Apr 11 2013 3:51 pm

    Sissy… lol.. when anything like that happens I defy anyone not to react like you did… I’m sure I would have been exactly the same… nice that the little guy survived, I’d have swotted him from my nose .. probably causing a nose bleed as well as a flat gecko.. I must admit I did have a good laugh at your intrepid experience…


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:46 pm

      If the egg had been bigger I would have suspected a snake, Bulldog – but because it was so tiny, all that came to mind was a tic tac LOL 😀

      I’m so glad you got a laugh out this – have a great day! 😀


  42. jannatwrites / Apr 11 2013 4:41 pm

    I’ve made a mental note to never, ever, under any circumstances squeeze anything that looks remotely like a Tic Tac. {Shudder} If that had happened to me, I’m sure I would’ve ran, screamed, and swatted at my nose to get if off me (probably injuring the poor guy.) I like wildlife from a distance – not on my face.

    So this make you a Gecko Midwife now? Just curious since you did so well with the hatching and after care 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 4:54 pm

      A new line for my CV – Gecko Midwife Extraordinaire (at your service). The little guy is doing remarkably well considering it was my first time 😀

      Please – never squeeze a Tic Tac, you just don’t know what they’re harbouring. I did break an egg once that I thought was a chicken egg but it was a black snake and that wasn’t nearly as funny 😯 You’re right – wildlife from a distance is the way to go 😉


  43. adinparadise / Apr 11 2013 6:39 pm

    I definitely would have jumped out of my skin, whilst screeching horrendously. I shall never eat another ‘tic tac’ without asking hubby to squeeze it first. 😆 You do make me laugh, Dianne.


    • diannegray / Apr 12 2013 5:41 am

      LOL – I love the way hubby has to squeeze the tic tac before it goes in your mouth. I’m going to try that next time 😀


  44. eof737 / Apr 11 2013 7:05 pm

    Without question, you did the right thing. I would have jumped too. 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 12 2013 5:42 am

      YAY – I like it when I do the right thing and haven’t gone overboard! 😀


  45. bodhisattvaintraining / Apr 11 2013 7:19 pm

    Ha ha such a sissy 🙂

    No, I’m joking I promise!!! I’m sure it was just the shock…


    • diannegray / Apr 12 2013 5:47 am

      LOL – I just choked on my coffee I laughed so much when I read this! You’re a classic! 😀


  46. pommepal / Apr 11 2013 10:39 pm

    Sooooo cute I have never seen one that small. What happened to the other egg?


    • diannegray / Apr 12 2013 5:49 am

      I didn’t get a picture of the egg so I had to look online for one and the only one I could find was a picture with two in it. I’m wishing now I had taken a picture of the egg, but I thought it was a tic tac and not photo worthy LOL 😀


      • pommepal / Apr 12 2013 7:14 am

        I will keep an eye open for an tic-tacs I see lying around my place now


      • diannegray / Apr 12 2013 7:36 am

        Great idea (don’t eat them!) 😀


      • pommepal / Apr 12 2013 8:56 am

        Well you never know they may become a delicacy like the NZ huhu bugs… 🙂


  47. Vikki Thompson / Apr 11 2013 11:49 pm

    Awwwww, he thought you were his mummy! 🙂



  48. ocdreader/Elisa / Apr 12 2013 1:42 am

    That is hilarious! I would have jumped too – just because of the surprise factor! Glad you hatched a baby and not a runny yolk! Holy crud, how did he fit in that shell?!
    So are you going to turn into the gecko lady now? Pictures of your little baby until you can’t tell him apart from his parents? Come on, you know you have a soft spot now. It’s ok, just be sure to ease your kids into the fact they have a new sibling who is a little “different”. Stuart Little Australian style.


    • diannegray / Apr 12 2013 5:56 am

      LOL! I’m almost giggling too much to respond! I can just see me now down at the shops saying, ‘Isn’t my baby just gorgeous!’ and the other mothers cringing! Someone suggested I have a naming competition but I think I’ll just name him Tic Tac – that’s pretty unique and not far off some Hollywood names I’ve seen lately. 😀


  49. Sheila / Apr 12 2013 2:36 am

    Thanks for making me laugh so much with this! I didn’t think it could get any funnier than the gecko love. Whenever anything like that bursts out of a tic-tac looking thing, it’s a good reason to scream and jump and run from the house!


    • diannegray / Apr 12 2013 6:01 am

      I still can’t believe something was actually living in that little thing! It must have been very cramped in there LOL 😀


  50. kartikasays / Apr 12 2013 4:21 am

    Reblogged this on kartikasays and commented:
    OMG – look at these geckos – really something… 🙂


  51. Kozo / Apr 12 2013 4:37 am

    Looks like that Gecko Kama Sutra is great for fertility. You might want to release an illustrated version of that Gecko love pose for couples who are having trouble conceiving.
    I would have loved to see a picture of you with the baby gecko on your nose. You must have been pretty cross-eyed. Thanks for the update from the wild outback. {{{hugs]}} Kozo


    • diannegray / Apr 12 2013 6:08 am

      If it all hadn’t happened so quickly I would have grabbed the camera and taken a pic of him on my nose (but I think I was in shock!) LOL 😀

      {{{hugs]}} to you my friend 😉


  52. char / Apr 12 2013 5:03 am

    Oh my! I would have screamed for several minutes, I’m sure. I don’t like anything jumping on my face and surprising me (even ladybugs). Give me a second to know what they are before they invade the territory of my skin. (BTW, I finished the Everything Theory. I really liked it; it kept me on the edge of my seat. Would you care to do an interview some time in May on my blog?)


    • diannegray / Apr 12 2013 6:10 am

      I’d absolutely love to do an interview, Char. I’m very flattered! Thank you so much 😀


      • char / Apr 13 2013 4:59 am

        Great! I’ll contact you when it gets closer to send you some questions.


      • diannegray / Apr 13 2013 7:08 am

        Fantastic 😀


  53. moderndayruth / Apr 12 2013 5:11 am

    Goodness Dianne!!! ” For a second I thought it was going to ask ”Are you my mother?” Bwhhahhahha!!! I would have probably had fainted at that very moment!!!


    • diannegray / Apr 12 2013 6:11 am

      LOL! He did give me a very funny look (although I think I was cross-eyed at the time!) He was certainly a cute little thing and I couldn’t let him run off with all that shell stuck to him 😉


  54. Adam S / Apr 12 2013 6:10 am

    I hope one of those Geckos helped you save at least 15% on your auto insurance..


    • diannegray / Apr 12 2013 7:35 am

      I may have to kidnap one and hold it for ransom 😉


      • Adam S / Apr 12 2013 7:38 am

        Geez, he’s awfully eager to please in the ads!


  55. jmmcdowell / Apr 12 2013 10:20 am

    I think I would have screamed, “Get it off me! Get it off me!” But then again, there was a day in Mexico when another student asked me, “Is that a scorpion on your back?” It was. I stood paralyzed while one of the guys brushed it off with the paper he was holding.

    I guess we never know what we’ll do until we’re faced with a baby gecko clinging to our noses. 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 13 2013 6:30 am

      OMG!!! A scorpion on your back! Good grief – I think I would have absolutely freaked out! Although “paralyzed” would probably have been more like it. 😯


  56. Le Clown / Apr 12 2013 10:48 am

    This is amazing. I have kept many different species of frogs for some time (at our most, we had over 10 vivariums, and 20 some frogs), and only a handful of amplexus moments. Love that you’ve witnessed and captured these magnificent™ moments.
    Le Clown


    • diannegray / Apr 13 2013 6:04 am

      I’m not sure what’s in the water here, Le Clown, but I’ve witnessed the Kama Sutra dance several times now and it seems to be paying off for these creatures. We also have frogs around the farm and my favourite is the rarer white-lipped green tree frog that seem to find my bathroom (and toilet bowl) quite appealing 😉


      • Le Clown / Apr 13 2013 6:15 am

        Look at you impressing me with your knowledge of the Litoria infrafrenata!! I mostly keep dendrobates: Ranitomeya ventrimaculata, Dendrobates azureus and my favorite, the Phyllobates terribilis “yellow”. Thank you for allowing me to geek out.
        Le Clown


      • diannegray / Apr 13 2013 5:45 pm

        Feel free to geek out 😉 I’m pretty sure dendrobates are poisonous (and colourful) and that’s pretty cool. The only poisonous thing we have here is the ugly old cane toad which was introduced into Australia (not five miles from where I’m now sitting) about 80 years ago and they almost decimated our frog population. The cane toad is not only a cannibal but it eats everything else as well (including frog tadpoles) and it doesn’t have a natural enemy here (apart from the occasional brave kookaburra). So it’s great to see frogs at my place because I know they’re true survivors 😀


  57. Zen A. / Apr 12 2013 5:13 pm

    Oh wow, Dianne, you get all the strange incidents! I would’ve probably fainted if that gecko had pounced on me. There’s something about insects and lizards touching me that makes my skin absolutely crawl, haha.


    • diannegray / Apr 13 2013 6:39 am

      I don’t like spiders crawling on me 😯 that’s a bit much, but I guess living in the tropics it’s something you kind of have to get used to 😀 I can just imagine you fainting and the little fella slapping you on the cheek trying to wake you up – LOL 😉


  58. bluebee / Apr 12 2013 8:08 pm

    Pure comedy 😀


  59. Anna Scott Graham / Apr 12 2013 8:49 pm

    That would have scared the crap out of me!! So tiny, what fabulous photos; congrats to Ma and Pa gecko. 😉


    • diannegray / Apr 13 2013 6:41 am

      Ma and Pa are pretty chuffed! I hope I’m invited to the christening 😀


  60. Rohan 7 Things / Apr 13 2013 3:05 am

    What an adorable story 🙂 I love Geckos, a few of them used to live with me in Lismore, they are so cute a clingy.

    Isn’t it amazing how used to the creatures you get in Australia! Can’t believe I lived happily among all the spiders, snakes, lizards, ticks and giant insects over there. 8 years in Dublin have definitely made me soft!

    Love the happy ending, happy Gecko family, so awesome 🙂

    Thanks for sharing Dianne!



    • diannegray / Apr 13 2013 7:08 am

      I got used to living without the creatures when I was down south in the ACT for 12 years and now I’m back in the thick of it again, Rohan 😀 Sometimes I forget and doing something like walking outside at night without a torch to check for snakes is something I have to get back into the swing of! I think I went soft as well 😉


  61. Jacqui Murray / Apr 13 2013 11:31 am

    I have never seen a gecko hatched. The things that happen when you don’t have a video camera. Thanks for the pics!


    • diannegray / Apr 13 2013 5:46 pm

      I should have a video camera strapped to my head, Jacqui – I see the weirdest things sometimes! 😀


  62. The British Asian Blog / Apr 14 2013 3:18 am

    The only times I see gecko’s, well at least I think they are, is in India when I am there. In the UK, other than online (pictures) I don’t see any such creatures in real life. The first time I saw one of these in India, I was like “what the hell is that…” but over time they are silly and good to watch – like a mini-animal survival documentary on TV.

    This is a fascinating story and turn of events, can you not hand rear them like they do with parrots?


    • diannegray / Apr 14 2013 5:31 am

      No they can’t be hand reared 😉 Like most wild animals they belong in their natural environment (but I did catch a fly or two for him to eat!) 😀


  63. Angie / Apr 14 2013 8:33 am

    I would have not only jumped, I would have screamed and thrown my arms everywhere like I do when walking through a spiders web!


  64. agjorgenson / Apr 14 2013 11:14 am

    Well, you’ve made my day once again. How happy I am that I found your blog!


    • diannegray / Apr 14 2013 4:52 pm

      That makes me feel very happy, Allen. Thank you! 😀


  65. Lynne Ayers / Apr 14 2013 11:05 pm

    Well my response would probably have been a jump, a scream and a Holy Crap! or worse.


    • diannegray / Apr 15 2013 6:11 am

      LOL – I think that was pretty close to how I responded, Lynne! It just all happened so quickly! 😉


  66. Marylin Warner / Apr 15 2013 4:29 am

    This is amazing! I’m glad you put the perspective of a house fly to show the true size. I’ve sent your blog address to a friend who teaches 3rd grade science. They are going to love this!


    • diannegray / Apr 15 2013 6:18 am

      Awww – that’s very sweet of you, Marylin! I’m glad the house fly landed where it did because that made for a great shot of the size. If I ever see eggs again I’ll get some pics of them opening ‘naturally’ 😀


  67. Maddie Cochere / Apr 15 2013 7:18 am

    Only you, Dianne! Only you! Whatever made you squeeze it in the first place? LOL!! I would have died to have that on my nose, and probably would have accidentally killed it.

    This reminded me of the movie Parent Trap. Did you see the remake? The twins put a lizard on Meredith’s head, and it crawled down her face and into her mouth while she was screaming. 😉


    • diannegray / Apr 15 2013 7:38 am

      LOL – no I didn’t see that movie, but I can just imagine the scene, Maddie!

      I’m glad I didn’t panic and accidently kill the thing or I would have felt bad all day 😯


  68. donnajeanmcdunn / Apr 15 2013 9:39 am

    So funny Dianne, only you could have pulled that off without killing the poor little thing. I’m glad it’s alive and well. Have you given him a name?


    • diannegray / Apr 16 2013 4:37 am

      Someone suggested I have a naming competition, but I’ve decided to call him Tic Tac! 😀


  69. tchistorygal / Apr 15 2013 4:43 pm

    When we went to Mexico on our honeymoon, a man greeted us as soon as we emerged from the cruise ship and for $20 offered take a gecko (I think) that he had folded in his pocket and put it on your head or shoulder and take picture. Bravely, I let him put one on my head, both shoulders and in both hands. Had he thrown them on me or had one jumped on me I would have been on the next plane home – forget the honeymoon cruise! As it was, I could tell they were harmless because he had them riding around all day in his pants pockets. No man would do that if they bit! Today, on the other hand a buzzing insect, of some sort flew between my hair and my iPhone as I talked. I screamed into the iPhone, and in my haste to get rid of the bug, removed a handfull of hair (which I dearly need!)

    You, on the other hand were very brave to pinch little white balls! I think a measly scream classifies you for a Badge of Courage. Had the balls been red, you could have been awarded the Red Badge of Courage. As it is, the badge will have to remain white. I loved the perspective of the fly and the gecko.

    Adorable post! 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 16 2013 4:45 am

      Thanks, Marsha. I’m amazed someone would walk around with geckos in their pants pockets (lucky they don’t bite)! LOL

      I love the white Badge of Courage and will wear it proudly! 😀


      • tchistorygal / Apr 16 2013 5:20 am

        It looks kind of like a towel thingy you wear on your head! 🙂


      • diannegray / Apr 16 2013 7:03 am

        LOL! 😀


  70. gabrielablandy / Apr 15 2013 9:52 pm

    What a pleasure to be back in your wonderful world, Dianne!! It makes coming home after such an amazing trip all the more lovely. I’ve been wondering about your life and your house, while I have been away – I suppose as I encountered each new adventure on the road, I would think of other people I knew on their own exciting rides. I can’t believe the thing hatched in your hand, and then ended up on your nose!! Lucky it didn’t decide to go up it…
    Thanks for putting a smile on my face xx


    • diannegray / Apr 16 2013 4:53 am

      I hope you enjoyed your trip to America, Gabriela! It’s great to see you back here and I’m glad I put a smile on your face. I’m looking forward to reading about your wonderful travels 😀


      • gabrielablandy / Apr 16 2013 5:02 am

        I can’t wait to hear what you think! Should have something up tomorrow x


  71. WordsFallFromMyEyes / Apr 17 2013 10:12 pm

    AAAARGH! I’m with you. That would have been VERY frightful. You made it funny, though! 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 18 2013 5:24 am

      Thanks, Noeleen! I got a bit of a laugh (only after it was all over!) 😀


  72. 4amWriter / Apr 22 2013 1:35 am

    I would have definitely screamed! But more out of surprise than fear. What fun that must have been (once you realized you weren’t going to be eaten alive or anything like that).


    • diannegray / Apr 22 2013 6:14 am

      LOL! I was fun after I knew I wasn’t going to be eaten alive! 😉 He’s actually been back a few times and sits on the outside table next to me while I read blogs (I think he really does think I’m his mother!) 😀


  73. billyraychitwood1 / Apr 24 2013 4:28 am

    You’re incredible! Reading blogs and birthing geckos from ‘tic tac’ size shells’! There’s got to be at least a short story there…I mean, just a tad longer that this one you’ve given us here.

    Always my very best, and, incidentally, thank you for liking my current blog, “The Sea And Me.”

    Billy Ray


  74. Donald Lockwood / Apr 26 2013 11:12 pm

    Thanks for following my blog Diane! I live in Vietnam. As I’m sitting here I can count 4 different geckos on the ceiling, and if I went out on the front porch I imagine there would be at least a dozen lurking around on the wall above the front door!

    I love them, they’re almost on top of the food chain around here if you exclude the cats, and the occasionally MASSIVE huntsman spiders big enough to take a gecko.

    Just the other day there was a fly giving me a hard time in the kitchen, my hands were full as he landed on the wall next to me. I kept my eyes on him as I set down the pan and spatula to reach for my fly killing towel when out from behind the counter against the wall a mid-sized gecko darts out and snatches that sucker right up before casually returning to his hiding spot. I didn’t know a lizard would ever make me so happy.


    • diannegray / Apr 27 2013 5:10 am

      I absolutely love geckos for that reason, Donald! They eat mosquitoes as well and that’s a wonderful thing (particularly with all the mosquito borne diseases around the place).

      I don’t like the sound of the massive huntsman (big enough to take a gecko? – YIKES!) that’s a spider I don’t want on my bedroom wall 😯



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