The Big Galoot

A house gecko in Hawaii

This week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme is ‘Love Your Pet.’ See more responses here.

Since I don’t have a regular pet, the next best thing would be The Big Galoot, our resident House Gecko. He (or possibly she) has been the dominant gecko in the house for several weeks now. House Geckos are nocturnal, but The Big Galoot does not seem to have seen that memo. He makes appearances at any time of day.

Nocturnal geckos tend to be very shy. If they’re caught out in the open, they scoot to shelter. This appears to be another memo missed by The Big Galoot. When I see him, he tends to remain in place and looks at me with a puzzled expression. There have been occasions where he has held his position so long that I’ve wondered if he was still alive!

The behavior of The Big Galoot has brought to mind the memoir, Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt. In it, Frank’s father, who hails from Northern Ireland, is described as having the ‘odd manner.’ This seems, to me, to be a perfect description for The Big Galoot!

Also posted in response to this month’s Becky’s Squares challenge theme of ‘Odd.’ See more responses here.

A house gecko in Hawaii

15 thoughts on “The Big Galoot

  1. Kirstin

    I think it would be fun to have a resident gecko…in Washington we have salamanders but don’t see them often. In the spring the tree frogs come out and I’ve found an occasional one on my doors.

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    1. Graham Post author

      Day geckos don’t fare well in the house, getting underfoot when we’re about, so we usually usher them out. We don’t usually see night geckos because we’re asleep. The Big Galoot is a bit of a hybrid, appearing during daylight hours more than is usual, and he has a definite personality.

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    1. Graham Post author

      It’s the odd manner that sets him apart. I think the geckos that take up residence in the house acquire some strange tendencies, possibly from living with us!

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  3. Terri Webster Schrandt

    You have a pet! I loved seeing the house geckos while we stayed on the Big Island, Graham! They were quite present in the homes of Baja, too. I like that they eat pesky insects. Great shots of the Big Galoot and he must like you guys to hang out during the day. I need a house gecko here to eat the no-see-um gnats that bother me.

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