Slithering Right Along

Big Lizard on brick wallI was out attempting to prepare myself for the pending Great Aloha Run and as I rounded a corner, paying attention only to the behavior of one of my leg muscles, a whole bunch of lizards sunbathing on a brick wall slithered quickly out of sight. I wondered what they were all doing there. Hmmm… those would be fun, silly pictures. Bloggable? Um, not really. Well… maybe.

Just as I turned to walk back towards that wall I caught a glimpse of men on the roof of the house behind that wall, a bunch of tarp on the ground and a truck in the driveway. Yes, you guessed it… pest control!

Do you really think they might have known what was going on? “Geckos Flee Reptile Masacre! Film at 11.” Kind of a silly notion but maybe we don’t give them enough credit.

Lizard in HollowTile Wall

This guy looks like the same type that scurried away quickly when I rounded the corner. These are the ones I prefer to label lizard rather than gecko because they look snake-ish, hence my use of the word slither. Their color and whippy tails creep me out. I think they are more of the outdoor variety. The word Gecko, for me, is more a term of endearment when talking about these guys.

Small Lizard on Wall

There seemed to be all kinds of different breeds of reptile hanging around this fence. I know one of them had to be a chameleon — he just had that look. Judging from the color blend going on in the picture above, this may have just been one of them!

I couldn’t help but feel bad for them. Of course, if you think about it, they were already on the outside and they were soon to be free from a lot of their competition! They would be starting with a new slate… as long as they stayed away from the house for a day or so!

When I saw the rolled up tent and the pest control truck I thought of my friend, Skeet, over on the Leeward side of the island. Skeet is all too familiar with these house guests and she described them very humorously in this, one of my favorite posts. If you know geckos, you’ll love this one. You can go read all about the Gecko Gathering at her house! Skeet had no problem giving them loads of credit for their level of intelligence!

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 AVCr8teur // Feb 17, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    This is the first time I have heard about gecko/lizard pest control. Maybe that is common in HI or other tropical locales.

  • 2 Sheila // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:39 am

    That was very “bloggable”. Did any of them try to sell you car insurance with a British accent? 😉

  • 3 HawaiiVacationGifts // Feb 18, 2008 at 4:49 am

    I am not making this up but here on the east side of the Big Island, there is a new breed of geck0-chameleon because they have been breeding together!

  • 4 Pua // Feb 18, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    What fun to read about my favorites… the Hawaiian geckos.

    Who could resist those little creatures with the pearly black eyes! They are very shy though. Kids on vacation in Hawaii try to catch them but problem is that geckos are nocturnals, run faster than a sprinter and hide in the higher wood structures of the houses. So forget it!

    Sometimes tourists think that they see geckos at daytime on bushes but it’s really the chameleons which kind of looksa little mean and can even bite.

    So, to all those Hawaii visitors who hear a funny noise at nighttime at a vacation rental place, it’s just the little gecko getting around to kill some little bugs or spiders. No worries! Geckos would never come close to a human.

    Long live the gecko! Aloha, Pua

  • 5 Evelyn // Feb 18, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Hi AVC! Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment! The pest control was for ants, roaches and the like, I’m sure. We don’t have anyone set out to get the geckos… they just get caught in the line of fire. It’s unfortunate too because they eat the other bugs and that’s always a good thing! 🙂

    Giggles, Sheila! No, no English accent. I must admit that I do think of that Geico Gecko every time I talk about these reptiles.

    Hey HVG! Really?!? No, I didn’t know that. Have they given it a name yet? A new breed of gecko! Interesting!

    They are quick, Pua, you’re right about that! You’re also very right about the chameleons… they can be pretty nasty. I saw one get into a hissing match with a cat once — what a fearful sight that was!

  • 6 Elizabeth // Mar 8, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    I HAVE, in fact, caught a gecko with my bare hands, OUTSIDE! It can take a LOT of patience but it’s fun.

  • 7 Evelyn // Mar 8, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    I believe it, Elizabeth! We used to catch them when I was very little and put them in water to watch them swim. Now I’m grown up and can’t stand being too close to them… it’s my payback for thinking it was fun to watch them swim. Tsk! Kids! 🙂

    It’s a good thing we live in Hawaii! If I had been raised on the mainland I probably would have been bitten by every snake in the neighborhood because I was so inquisitive about them. That thought makes me shudder!

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