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Baby brown (Caribbean) anoles
house geckos removed from house so far: 4
found on the stairs
found in the bathroom
found on the kitchen counter
found in the study
What am I seeing here? I mean, I like searching for numbers as much as the next guy..
There are two main species around here, the green anoles a.k.a. Carolina anoles, which are native here in South Florida but usually keep to the woods, and the brown anoles a.k.a. Caribbean anoles that are like everywhere because they have for whatever reason adapted to living around human settlements much better.
Of course, I somehow derped and forgot that there could easily be other lizard species around here as well.
We get even more ants. We get ants like there's no tomorrow.
Also the midday sun fucking hates everyone.
I missed catching this one...
My dad stomped it dead, sadly.
Sometimes I wonder if I should just let them stay in here...then again I don't want their droppings or corpses.
I decided to just leave this one.
I'm probably content to cohabitate with it.
Just saw it again in fact.
I think I probably caught that same one yesterday. Let it out the front door.
Also thanks to this http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12818
I've figured out the species of my house geckos -- they're tropical house geckos (Hemidactylus mabouia).
But tonight I hit the motherlode:
I found an adult gecko. Possibly actually a female (and thus possibly the mother of these geckos I've been finding), though I'm not sure (I mean I did find her downstairs when the babies I've found are generally upstairs). I'll review the photos I took of her later.
And photos? Oh yes I got like 20 photos. By the time I got her into my hand she was willing to stay on my hand. Not sure why geckos can suddenly become so tame (and then later go back to scurrying away), as it's obvious my hand is moving around, but oh well, I used that chance to go get my camera and snap lots of photos.
Besides lots of close-up photos of this lizard, where I could even make out individual scales (a rarity for a crappy cell phone camera, unless I can get the focus just right), I discovered a few things:
* this gecko can hang onto the wall, but while staying still, she does slide downward gradually. This is painted drywall, though the paint is a bit on the glossy side of things, not standard rough drywall paint.
* she has some occasional and irregularly-arranged orange spots on her skin, which from what I've seen on the internet, are parasites. (Mites, I think.) I did wash my hands and arms with soap and wipe my phone with rubbing alcohol like three times afterwards, and I haven't seen any on me and I was careful to prevent the gecko from getting particularly far up my arms, so hopefully I didn't catch any of them. (I normally wash my hands after handling an animal, especially a wild animal, but I just washed them extra hard this time.)
* she seemed rather thin. Might have to do with being indoors, where there are relatively few insects to eat.
Oh well. After a long photo shoot, wherein she refused to eat a couple ants that I found, I let her out the front door.
It's ironic that I've hit the motherlode just days before I'm about to move out of here. In fact tonight might be the last night I sleep here.
I should treasure that moment. Goodnight.