the Vernon Journal

Serving the Kingdom in Southeast Asia

Baby Geckos and Other Critters

A couple of our recent posts have talked about some of the animals common in the village (like cats, dogs, chickens and rats.) Since we've been in the city the past week or so, I wanted to tell you about some of the critters we encounter here.

Baby Geckos on the Wall

While our village home is literally a bamboo hut (thatch roof, dirt floors and all), the house we live in when we're in the city has concrete walls, tile floors, an internet connection and even air conditioning in a couple rooms. Still, we run into a surprising number of bugs and critters in our city home. We are constantly fighting (what seems to be) a losing battle with the ants, cockroaches and centipedes, which is, oddly, not something we deal with in the village. Also, in the city home w e generally live in peace with about 5 geckos who pretty much have free run of the house. I say "generally", because we've gotten to the point where we don't even notice them, except for when we occasionally find a gecko dropping in an inopportune location (like on the clean dishes drying on the rack! Gross!) Geckos (at least the ones in our house) are usually about 4-5" from nose to tail, but we've noticed that July and August must be "hatching" season because lately we've seen several "baby geckos" who are only about an 1" long.

As I said, I don't really mind the geckos, but I don't particularly like them either. However, these baby geckos are so darn tiny and cute that I always find my self saying, "Oh, look at the baby gecko!" and running for my camera to snap a picture. I've taken lots of pictures of baby geckos, but they never seem to turn out because most of them lack a point of reference. You see, a picture of a baby gecko on a white wall looks pretty much like a picture of a full grown gecko on a white wall. But the other day I went to turn on the light in the kitchen and there was a baby gecko right next to the light switch, so I finally got a picture to show you how cute these little guys are! I photoshopped a tape measure in to show you the scale.

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