Saturday, August 21, 2010

Losing his grip

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Surprise surprise! I turned on the light and found this little guy trying in vain to climb out of my bathroom sink.

After taking a video of his brave and energetic but futile efforts, I gave him a boost up and out.
He ran behind the washing machine. Fine with me.
He is welcome to stay.
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The fly swatter made a pretty pattern for Shadow Shot Sunday and my little animal friend is good for Camera-Critters.
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To see a big green perfectly camouflaged outdoor-type chameleon, click here.
And one which lost half its tail is here. And another whatever-they-are-called on my ceiling.
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UPDATE! Wikipedia has a whole very interesting article about the Mediterranean house gecko or more commonly Turkish Gecko as it is represented in its Latin name Hemidactylus turcicus.
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UPDATE 2016:  National Geographic's explanation on the gecko's difficulty in the sink.
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28 comments:

Rambling Round said...

So glad you took his picture instead of swatting him! Cute chameleon.

ramy_v said...

Looks like a very similar creature we have have here. Did he/she chirp? That's how we know one is about.

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Dina said...

Rambling Round, shalom. Oh no, I would never swat such a cute thing, don't worry. :)

Ramy, this mostly-indoor type seems silent. But I know what you mean. The one that look more like dragons DO click or chirp.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Excellent....I've had them pop out of the dryer before...coming in through the air vent I imagine...yep, they eat insects so I agree, keep him indoors. And yes, it did make a neat pattern.

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Francisca said...

Oh, isn't that just the cutest...! I've been so eager to capture (with camera only, of course) one of the many geckos inhabiting our house - I love them and the sound they make - but so far, no success. They generally come out at night when the light is poor and I don't like using my flash. Your capture is just great... colorful swatter and shadow and all. The other two chameleons were good too. Enjoy a fine weekend, Dina - hope you find a cool place (those temps you are having are ouch!)

Dubster said...

Is that a lizard. thats a weird color. Great shot!

Tricia said...

I don't know that I would have killed him, but I certainly would have gotten him out of the house! Heheheee

Tom Hilton said...

I really like this shot: the lizard, the shadow, the color of the flyswatter, the weird conjunction of disparate elements...very cool.

Ralph said...

The local lizard has found a home! He looks cute, and behind the washing machine allows him a bit of privacy, too...

Willard said...

An excellent subject for Camera Critters. I have found about everything in the house, but not one of these.

L. D. Burgus said...

Two pictures for the price of one. It is a neat photo of the little guy. I could tolerate him around the house. It is when an elder large garter snake decides to come in and check out the flower pots that I get a little edgie.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

While I would not want to see him climbing out of my sink, he is a cutie in this shot. Great shadow shot as well. Very creative.

frayedattheedge said...

Lovely shadow shot! When we lived in Indonesia we had a gecko that lived in our kitchne - he had lost his tail, so of course we called him 'stumpy'!!

Eki said...

What a beautiful poor little guy. I'm sure he'll find a safe place at your home.

A perfect photo for the the two memes that you're following, Dina.

Denise said...

What a great shot and I'm sure he is enjoying your hospitality. Cute little thing.
An English Girl Rambles

Kay said...

You are very kind, Dina. He looks like the other fellow you took a photo of a while back. We have his cousin in Hawaii. When my brother and I were children (between you and me and the rest of the world) I remember a time that we actually rounded a whole bunch of them up in a sink and were playing with them. When we tugged at a tail, I remember it fell off. I'm wondering if that was just a bad dream. Did we really do this?

tapirgal said...

Geckos are always welcome. I wonder if it was cooler in the sink?

Reader Wil said...

This gekko looks exactly like our "tjitjaks" in Indonesia. We had them in our houses, they laid their eggs in keyholes or small holes in the wall. They were our little friends. Your photo is great!

Paula Scott said...

And you just happened to have your camera within reach! How fortunate for you (or you stopped midstream to retrieve it and then continued with the rescue). A unique shadow capture. I'm sure little lizzy was happy to be free.
And it is a cute little thing.
Glad you didn't freak or reach for the can of insecticide (I don't keep that sort of thing as I believe as you do-they do good).

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

What a great shot of both the lizard and fly swat. I hope he has a nice little spot to live behind your washing machine.

Pietro said...

Nice shot!!! But it's not among my favourite animals...
;-)

Turquoise Diaries said...

Its funny that we have a family of four living in our house since the beginning of this summer. I think first they were mommy and daddy and the little one came later..

JM said...

So cute! I have his cousin living on my balcony. :-)

anka said...

Lovely shot. The little creature seems at ease with the camera :)

Gretchen said...

I had a chameleon as a teen and they do make good pets. Glad you didn't smoosh the little guy. :)

spacedlaw said...

I would have thought a gecko was well equipped to get out of any situation on its own (they do stick on the ceiling) but in any case it is great of you to save the little guy. Geckos are the best insecticide.

Cloudia said...

she's good luck!

Cassiopeia said...

I live in Canada, so I've never encountered one in my house!

You're right - the lacy shadow from the fly swatter did make an interesting photo - who'd a thunk it?