Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Gecko Time: The Palawan Gecko

I don't think I'd ever be able to overcome my fear of geckos. They're just weird-looking reptiles, with knob-like bumps all over their body. Whenever I see them, I feel that they are looking at me and ready to jump at me and attack me. I heard that when a gecko accidentally lands on your skin, they are hard to rid of.

They have been showing themselves to me for two consecutive days now. Huhuhu... Anyway, here are some things I've observed from them:

1. Most house geckos are nocturnal, meaning they go out of their "houses" just when you're about to sleep. Aren't they sweet? Perhaps they just want to bid me goodnight. 

2. Geckos like being with humans. Some of our neighbors and even my cousin believes that the arrival of a gecko into a home is a sign of good luck. Not a believer though.

3. In the Philippines, they are called them "tuko," and that's because of the strange [tuk'ohh] sound they make. According to some articles I've read (yeah, I've started reading about them!), geckos are considered the most vocal reptiles, and only the male geckos make a sound. They make this chirping sound to ward off predators, to attract females or to interact with others.

4. They come in different colors. So far, I've seen two humongous geckos at home, but I believe there's a third one from the neighboring lot right beside our home. He makes a different sound than the ones we have at home.
Palawan Gecko
This is Blue. He's got blue speckles all over his bumpy body. 

Palawan Gecko

Palawan Gecko
This is Red. He's bigger than Blue. Just look at the nails on its feet. Scary creature!
5. Another interesting thing I found out about geckos is that they lick their eyes to keep them clean and lubricated. Geckos don't have eyelids so they use their tongues to lick their eyes. Okay, that creeped me out.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. And if you're ever wondering who took the pictures, I didn't. My dad did. :P

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