Dealing with geckos in Australia.

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    Jul 10, 2013 7:04 AM GMT
    My master's degree is likely taking me to Victoria or New South Wales in Australia. I am excited but the thing is that I terribly scared of reptiles and it is worrying me already that there might be geckos in the house. Is there anyone here Australian or someone who have lived in Australia that can tell me if geckos live inside the house. I tried searching some info on google but nothing really interesting showed up. What are the remedies available?
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    Jul 10, 2013 7:06 AM GMT
    Depends, are you asking for before or after they bore into your ear at night and lay eggs inside your brain?
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    Jul 10, 2013 7:06 AM GMT
    Matiz saidDepends, are you asking for before or after they bore into your ear at night and lay eggs inside your brain?


    Both!
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    Jul 10, 2013 7:12 AM GMT
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    Matiz saidDepends, are you asking for before or after they bore into your ear at night and lay eggs inside your brain?


    Both!


    But what about that huge one that's CRAWLING UP YOUR LEG RIGHT NOW
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    Jul 10, 2013 7:38 AM GMT
    They're just trying to save you money on your car insurance. . .
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    Jul 10, 2013 8:08 AM GMT
    Yes they mostly stay outside the house but they can get indoors I guess. if your not a fan of reptiles then you may have a scary time down here. There are bugs etc everywhere as my English friends reminded me recently.
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    Jul 10, 2013 8:24 AM GMT
    When my dad was in the Navy he was stationed on Guam. He and my stepmother lived in a quonset hut. The geckos were welcome inside because they ate the bugs. They remembered how the geckos would crawl along on the ceiling and sometimes in the middle of the night they'd let go and fall on the bed and wake them up.
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    Jul 10, 2013 8:37 AM GMT
    Lumpynose saidWhen my dad was in the Navy he was stationed on Guam. He and my stepmother lived in a quonset hut. The geckos were welcome inside because they ate the bugs. They remembered how the geckos would crawl along on the ceiling and sometimes in the middle of the night they'd let go and fall on the bed and wake them up.


    Well that is very comforting!
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    Jul 10, 2013 8:41 AM GMT
    Matiz said
    ricky1987 said
    Matiz saidDepends, are you asking for before or after they bore into your ear at night and lay eggs inside your brain?


    Both!


    But what about that huge one that's CRAWLING UP YOUR LEG RIGHT NOW


    You know we have reptiles in India as well. Thankfully, we have pest control here that keeps them outside our house. The idea that there might be a lizard somewhere in the house scares the hell out of me. I can't really live in a house that has lizards.
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    Jul 10, 2013 8:44 AM GMT
    If you don't like reptiles, spiders that hide under your toilet seat, jelly fish with an agonising sting, killer sharks et al, you're in the wrong country.
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    Jul 10, 2013 8:48 AM GMT
    Don't read this book before you go:

    http://www.amazon.com/In-Sunburned-Country-Bill-Bryson/dp/0767903862
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    Jul 10, 2013 9:48 AM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 saidIf you don't like reptiles, spiders that hide under your toilet seat, jelly fish with an agonising sting, killer sharks et al, you're in the wrong country.

    I absolutely love reptiles but this?
    Yikes.
    I still want to visit Australia though.
    What kind of master takes someone to Australia, please?
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    Jul 10, 2013 10:28 AM GMT
    What if one of these comes in?
    http://www.ozanimals.com/Reptile/Lace-Monitor-Goanna/Varanus/varius.html

    Spotted one eating fat of a BBQ when out there, wasn't afraid.


    Don't worry about the lizards, the snakes & spiders are worse.
  • TheBizMan

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    Jul 10, 2013 10:31 AM GMT
    Geez, you make that part of Australia sound third world.

    I wouldn't know though...

    Good luck, sleep tight, don't let the geckos bite!
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    Jul 10, 2013 1:24 PM GMT
    ricky1987 saidMy master's degree is likely taking me to Victoria or New South Wales in Australia. I am excited but the thing is that I terribly scared of reptiles and it is worrying me already that there might be geckos in the house. Is there anyone here Australian or someone who have lived in Australia that can tell me if geckos live inside the house. I tried searching some info on google but nothing really interesting showed up. What are the remedies available?

    There are over 1500 species of geckos worldwide, we even have some native to Florida, and others that were introduced as escaped pets. There's even a species commonly known as a House Gecko, because they prefer human dwellings as their habitat.

    They're insect eaters and non-venomous, so of little direct danger to humans. In fact, their control of insects, especially mosquitos, can be beneficial to people. In Florida small insect-eating reptiles are welcome, my only reservation being when they slip indoors, typically if we leave the patio door open. But we like seeing them among our outdoor plants, eating any insects.

    When they get inside they hide from view, and usually die if they can't escape back outside, I presume from lack of insect food and perhaps water, because our windows are screened and usually closed. I suppose they would also leave droppings around if they stayed long enough, which could be a health hazard. But I'd never be afraid of them, they don't bother you.
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    Jul 10, 2013 2:17 PM GMT
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    ricky1987 saidMy master's degree is likely taking me to Victoria or New South Wales in Australia. I am excited but the thing is that I terribly scared of reptiles and it is worrying me already that there might be geckos in the house. Is there anyone here Australian or someone who have lived in Australia that can tell me if geckos live inside the house. I tried searching some info on google but nothing really interesting showed up. What are the remedies available?

    There are over 1500 species of geckos worldwide, we even have some native to Florida, and others that were introduced as escaped pets. There's even a species commonly known as a House Gecko, because they prefer human dwellings as their habitat.

    They're insect eaters and non-venomous, so of little direct danger to humans. In fact, their control of insects, especially mosquitos, can be beneficial to people. In Florida small insect-eating reptiles are welcome, my only reservation being when they slip indoors, typically if we leave the patio door open. But we like seeing them among our outdoor plants, eating any insects.

    When they get inside they hide from view, and usually die if they can't escape back outside, I presume from lack of insect food and perhaps water, because our windows are screened and usually closed. I suppose they would also leave droppings around if they stayed long enough, which could be a health hazard. but I'd never be afraid of them, they don't bother you.



    I actually don't mind them at all in garden or backyard but when they get inside the house its when I hit my panic button esp. when they are hanging on the ceiling and could jump on you anytime.
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    Jul 10, 2013 2:22 PM GMT
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    Ex_Mil8 saidIf you don't like reptiles, spiders that hide under your toilet seat, jelly fish with an agonising sting, killer sharks et al, you're in the wrong country.

    I absolutely love reptiles but this?
    Yikes.
    I still want to visit Australia though.
    What kind of master takes someone to Australia, please?


    Master in Education. It is a research intensive program.
    I have asked about it from two friends and they both have very different answers. One said that he sees a gecko everyday and other has never seen a gecko ever since he has lived in Australia. But that could be because they live in different cities. The former is in Brisbane and the latter is in Melbourne.
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    Jul 10, 2013 2:36 PM GMT
    Boy are you going to the wrong place! Dude, there is always something waiting to kill you in Australia, and it ain't the geckos. Great white sharks, crocodiles, snakes, spiders, jellyfish, and kangaroos. All of these things are good at killing other things, and Australia seems to have the most deadly species of each. We've been warned about brown snakes and red-back spiders. Apparently, a brown snake will chase you down instead of slither away if you come across one, and a red-back spider (a close relative of the Black Widow) will hospitalize you for a while. If you should, God forbid, decide to go for a swim, be wary of crocodiles, jellyfish and octopuses (octopi? octopus'?) which will bite, sting, and squirt you into into the emergency room. Seemingly harmless kangaroos will charge at you if you're unfortunate enough to tick them off, which is a problem because they occasionally hop through residences. And not to mention the drop bears.... geez.

    No wonder Steve Irwin always had something to do down here.
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    Jul 10, 2013 2:40 PM GMT
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    Oh, and Drop Bears. Don't forget about the Drop Bears. icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 10, 2013 2:45 PM GMT
    Geckos, really?

    We had them in Hawai'i. Their droppings are tiny, though they can get a little annoying, but they are cute and they eat bugs.

    I advise some assistance with your phobia if there are geckos where you will live, because they are a complete nonevent.
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    Jul 10, 2013 2:53 PM GMT
    ricky1987 said
    I actually don't mind them at all in garden or backyard but when they get inside the house its when I hit my panic button esp. when they are hanging on the ceiling and could jump on you anytime.

    Let them jump, they can't harm you. I'd be startled myself, if I wasn't expecting it, but nothing more.

    But most of the time they don't actually jump, but fall when a man-made interior surface doesn't give them the grip their feet need. They'd much rather stay right where they are, and will if they can, falling being a greater danger to them than it is to you. Here's the unique feet they have, that even today somewhat puzzle scientists in their operation.

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    Jul 10, 2013 5:00 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidBoy are you going to the wrong place! Dude, there is always something waiting to kill you in Australia, and it ain't the geckos. Great white sharks, crocodiles, snakes, spiders, jellyfish, and kangaroos. All of these things are good at killing other things, and Australia seems to have the most deadly species of each. We've been warned about brown snakes and red-back spiders. Apparently, a brown snake will chase you down instead of slither away if you come across one, and a red-back spider (a close relative of the Black Widow) will hospitalize you for a while. If you should, God forbid, decide to go for a swim, be wary of crocodiles, jellyfish and octopuses (octopi? octopus'?) which will bite, sting, and squirt you into into the emergency room. Seemingly harmless kangaroos will charge at you if you're unfortunate enough to tick them off, which is a problem because they occasionally hop through residences. And not to mention the drop bears.... geez.

    No wonder Steve Irwin always had something to do down here.


    You forgot these
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ixodes_holocyclus, oh, & venomous shell fish.
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    Scruffypup saidBoy are you going to the wrong place! Dude, there is always something waiting to kill you in Australia, and it ain't the geckos. Great white sharks, crocodiles, snakes, spiders, jellyfish, and kangaroos. All of these things are good at killing other things, and Australia seems to have the most deadly species of each. We've been warned about brown snakes and red-back spiders. Apparently, a brown snake will chase you down instead of slither away if you come across one, and a red-back spider (a close relative of the Black Widow) will hospitalize you for a while. If you should, God forbid, decide to go for a swim, be wary of crocodiles, jellyfish and octopuses (octopi? octopus'?) which will bite, sting, and squirt you into into the emergency room. Seemingly harmless kangaroos will charge at you if you're unfortunate enough to tick them off, which is a problem because they occasionally hop through residences. And not to mention the drop bears.... geez.

    No wonder Steve Irwin always had something to do down here.


    You forgot these
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ixodes_holocyclus, oh, & venomous shell fish.


    I am not scared of kangaroos, jellyfish, sharks crocodiles etc. I am only scared of snakes and to a greater extent geckos and lizards. They are the ones that are likely to break in to your house and that what worries me. I can't even imagine myself being in the same room. Just to watch one on television give me goosebumps and I have woken up from sleep a few times because I had nightmares of lizards chasing me. It just hampers my functioning which is why they become a seriously big consideration for me to move to Australia. Like I said before, as long they are in open space, I don't mind it even if that means my backyard but being inside the house is a totally different thing.

    By the way, drop bear is a fictional animal like unicorn.
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    Jul 10, 2013 5:34 PM GMT
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    I actually don't mind them at all in garden or backyard but when they get inside the house its when I hit my panic button esp. when they are hanging on the ceiling and could jump on you anytime.

    Let them jump, they can't harm you. I'd be startled myself, if I wasn't expecting it, but nothing more.

    But most of the time they don't actually jump, but fall when a man-made interior surface doesn't give them the grip their feet need. They'd much rather stay right where they are, and will if they can, falling being a greater danger to them than it is to you. Here's the unique feet they have, that even today somewhat puzzle scientists in their operation.



    The point is that I know they are harmless. I also know that I can be more harmful for them than they are to me. It is just that they gross me out, they disturb me mentally and emotionally and I can't stand them in the same space as I am.
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    Jul 10, 2013 5:35 PM GMT
    ricky1987 said
    By the way, drop bear is a fictional animal like unicorn.


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    They are both very real my friend. Very real. Do you think all those missing children are merely kidnapped? I think not.