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Night Lizards
« on: May 14, 2016, 08:05:41 PM »
I have been noticing these little guys under our carport for the past couple of years, apparently catching insects.
 

 
This one is only a couple of inches long and stayed put long enough to get it's picture taken.  The adults are up to 4" long, but I have never been able to get close enough to one of them for a picture.  As soon as you turn a light on and they see you they are immediately gone.  They have large bulging eyes and are very fast runners.

I think that this is what they are:  LINK
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Re: Night Lizards
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2016, 08:17:11 PM »
Also, 15 minutes could save you 15% on your car insurance  ;D
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Re: Night Lizards
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2016, 08:48:22 PM »
Only lizards we have around here are the 5 lined lizards (blue tailed skinks), we do have both green and grey tree frogs that hang out by my porch light and gorge themselves on bugs. Man what a life sit there and let all the food you can eat come to you.
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Re: Night Lizards
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2016, 09:53:19 PM »
I never knew that we had these until last year.  If the light is on they are not out, and when you flick the light on, they are gone in an instant.

We have two under the carport and two under the back porch tonight.   :)
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Re: Night Lizards
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2016, 10:04:19 PM »
I was in Saudi Arabia one time and lizards were running through the house!

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Re: Night Lizards
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2016, 10:08:52 PM »
There are thousands of little geckos like that in the Cook Islands. Every place we have stayed has had a resident population, and they are cunning enough to live and hunt around your outside lights. So you can just sit quietly on the deck and pretty soon one will creep out from a crack or even behind the light fitting. Grab a bug and scurry away again.

The kids had a great time going out and looking for them around the house.
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Re: Night Lizards
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2016, 10:26:56 PM »
Back to Saudi Arabia, we were in a bedroom one night and the window was open a crack. One of these things came in.

 

 

It ran right over Patti's hand. I chased it around the room and it was fast. I finally caught up and smacked it with a shoe.

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Re: Night Lizards
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2016, 07:57:58 AM »
   Geckos are neat. We had them in Okinawa when I first went there in 1978. They chirped like Chimney swifts and I kept looking for birds till I mentioned it to someone else who laughed and told me it was geckos. Went back in 1986 and was laying in my rack and watched a small one come out of a crack in the ceiling and a big one rushed across the ceiling and knocked him off the wall. Evidently they are territorial.

   In Cameroon my wife and I would vacation and go to the best hotel and restaurant in the town and for entertainment we could watch the geckos run out from behind the pictures or paintings and grab a bug. We always preferred the geckos over the bugs.
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Re: Night Lizards
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2016, 03:42:35 PM »
We had lots of them in the barracks, clubs, dining hall and in the workplace when I was stationed in Thailand, back in '69&'70.

They sure are quick!
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Re: Night Lizards
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2016, 04:06:27 PM »
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We always preferred the geckos over the bugs.

This is true.

In the Islands you don't see many cockroaches, which is unusual considering it's tropical climate.

But every house has chickens and lizards wandering everywhere. I reckon the chickens get em during the day, and the lizards take over at night.  :D
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