Gecko and pasta

This week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme is ‘Inside.’ See more responses here.

I have a ladder I keep in a shed. Lately, I’ve had to access the attic on a regular basis (rat problems!) and have to bring the ladder inside to do so. I’ve learned from experience that, while in the shed, the ladder is home to a variety of creatures, mostly geckos. So before I bring it in the house I do my best to shake out the residents. Almost always, one or two will leap to safety. However, sometimes it’s not until I have the ladder in the house and set up that the more tenacious geckos make a break for it.

I’ve had a spate of this happening, which has resulted in a boost in the numbers of nocturnal house geckos inside. This, in turn, has resulted in territorial clashes between the geckos.

What does this have to do with jars of pasta? Well, at one end of this shelf is a cupboard which is home to one of the resident geckos. The other end of the shelf falls into the realm of a house gecko that lives in a closet in the next room. Into this setup, up above the jars, stumbled one of the new geckos. When it got too close to one end, the cupboard gecko chased it away. It ran to the other end where the closet gecko chased it back. Back and forth it went with the other geckos closing in with each pass. Soon the three of them were very close together.

At this point, the new gecko scurried down the wall in amongst the jars. This left the two resident geckos facing off in close proximity. Cupboard gecko charge the other one, but ran right past while closet gecko just looked bemused. Problem was, now they were both separated from their respective territories by the other gecko. A series of feints and scampers ensued before they regained their own homes.

In the meantime, the new gecko kept a low profile down amongst the pasta jars. That’s when I took this photo, as it was tentatively checking to see if the coast was clear.

14 thoughts on “Gecko and pasta

  1. Hugh W. Roberts

    What a great story and photo, Graham. At first, I mistook the gecko in your photo for a piece of pasta. It wasn’t until I read the whole post that I went back to check where the gecko was. Do they bite humans that come too near?

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    1. Graham Post author

      No, they’re harmless. For reasons unknown, when I’m sitting on the sofa sometimes a young gecko will jump from some window trim onto my head. It’s not an attack, seems to be more a rite of passage, perhaps practicing their evasion skills in case of attack. The biggest complaint people have about geckos in the house is that they tend to poop a lot, leaving little white-tipped deposits around the house.

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        1. Graham Post author

          There are cane spiders here, but it’s been a log time since I saw one indoors. I haven’t experienced moving pictures yet. Maybe you need heavier frames!

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  2. Wendy

    Loved your story! I know what you mean about territories. I have two kitchen geckos who monitor all the comings and goings in the front part of the house. I have a little gecko named “Greenie” who visits me several times a day, every day. I leave a little dish of palmier pieces for them, their favorite snack. It’s worth the hours of entertainment I get from them.

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    1. Graham Post author

      They are entertaining. We tend to evict the day geckos because they’re brutal with the night geckos and because the tend to meet a bad end in the house, one way or another.

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