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Is it a gecko? It's on our study wall.

Earlier this morning, we spotted something unusual on the study wall: a little orange-y lizard, about 1 1/2" long (head and body about 1" of that). I hope s/he likes fruit flies, as we've had a surge of them lately, but s/he won't find them until s/he emerges into the main living area. (In the very unlikely event we are able to lure it into a container, we have a small vented plastic tank we used for crickets and can then take it to our neighborhood pet store for identification.)

I haven't identified it yet. If you'd like to take a guess, here's a crop of one of the photos we took:

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digitalusrex
Sep. 24th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
i think its a type of gecko. very beneficial if you have a problem with insects in the house.
oddharmonic
Sep. 24th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Herps of Texas has my county in their map for the Mediterranean gecko and young ones often have banded tails, so I think that might be what we have.

I see green anoles outside all the time but this is the first time I've seen a lizard indoors here.
toddler_hiway
Sep. 24th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
Dude, that thing's rad. I wish I had things like that in my house.
trshtwns01
Sep. 24th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
It's a Mediterranean House Gecko. We have them here all the time and I protect them like mad. Just the other day I found a baby in our bedroom and guided him into my hand to take out front. I even took up the glue traps the pest control guys put out because they were catching the geckos.

I guess I'm particularly partial to them since I have a crested gecko and a leopard gecko as pets *laugh*

ex_ciannait
Sep. 24th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
I love it when people treat the living things that exist near them with care. I'm the sort to talk to resident spiders.
oddharmonic
Sep. 24th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how this one got in, but if it wants to hang out and eat fruit flies I would be thrilled.

I am baffled by glue traps; I'd never seen one until I lived in NC and we found an ancient one cleaning out the cabinets. (We wore respirator masks to pull out the equally ancient contact paper because it smelled moldy. The kitchen smelled much better once it was gone.)

I knew you have geckos so I was hoping you'd have a good guess if I was totally stumped. Thanks!
greeneyed_devil
Sep. 24th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
phoena
Sep. 25th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
We find them in the house occasionally. Sometimes they slip in the doors when you are coming in (I see them around the doors all the time). The cats find them amusing and chase them. They are harmless so I don't mind them, but the husband freaks out about them, afraid they might crawl on him. He's such a baby sometimes! lol
revme
Sep. 26th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
KITTY!
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