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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!


    • diannegray / Apr 11 2013 8:28 am

      I think I must attract them,