Geckos and Lizards?

  • winwin

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    Jan 22, 2014 1:24 AM GMT
    To those who live in Florida, how do you cope with them? I'm so scared of them especially the big fat wiggly geckos and they are here everywhere. Every time I step out of the house they are outside waiting to jump on me or just plain terrorize me. Snakes and bugs don't bother me at all. I even thought about moving to another state where there are no geckos and lizards.

    So, am I the only one who is so terrified of them? Thanks for any advice!
  • Import

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    Jan 22, 2014 1:27 AM GMT
    dude, u just deal.
    It's like one of the many amazing things about living in FL. I mean, where else can one have lizards AND palmetto bugs (cock roaches) infest ur living quarters?
    No where!

    so, enjoy the exotic flavor it adds to ur home.

  • winwin

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    Jan 22, 2014 1:42 AM GMT
    Import saiddude, u just deal.
    It's like one of the many amazing things about living in FL. I mean, where else can one have lizards AND palmetto bugs (cock roaches) infest ur living quarters?
    No where!

    so, enjoy the exotic flavor it adds to ur home.



    I hate to say this but personally I really don't find anything amazing living in FL, it is always so hot and humid, so I'm constantly sweating and geckos everywhere. If it wasn't for my job I would have moved back up north again a long time ago.

    Fortunately it is now a little cooler here today and all the geckos have disappeared mysteriously which is a BIG relief!
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    Jan 22, 2014 3:30 AM GMT
    winwin saidTo those who live in Florida, how do you cope with them? I'm so scared of them especially the big fat wiggly geckos and they are here everywhere. Every time I step out of the house they are outside waiting to jump on me or just plain terrorize me. Snakes and bugs don't bother me at all. I even thought about moving to another state where there are no geckos and lizards.

    So, am I the only one who is so terrified of them? Thanks for any advice!
    What kind of advice are you looking for? If you're that freaked out, then get a dog and let it chase the geckos and lizards away. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 22, 2014 4:19 AM GMT
    They're adorable!
    http://icanhas.cheezburger.com/squee/tag/lizard
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  • winwin

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    Jan 22, 2014 4:25 AM GMT
    OMG! I can't even bring myself to look at that picture!!! I won't even be in the same room with a gecko!
  • winwin

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    Jan 22, 2014 4:29 AM GMT
    I don't even think there is a name for gecko phobia.
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    Jan 22, 2014 4:33 AM GMT
    Scoliodentosaurophobia!
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  • winwin

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    Jan 22, 2014 4:39 AM GMT
    Oh thank you! I never knew it was called Scoliodentosaurophobia and it sounds like a newly discovered dinosaur LOL. Please don't post anymore gecko photos, they freak me out big time!!!icon_eek.gif
  • winwin

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    Jan 22, 2014 5:00 AM GMT
    xrichx said
    winwin saidTo those who live in Florida, how do you cope with them? I'm so scared of them especially the big fat wiggly geckos and they are here everywhere. Every time I step out of the house they are outside waiting to jump on me or just plain terrorize me. Snakes and bugs don't bother me at all. I even thought about moving to another state where there are no geckos and lizards.

    So, am I the only one who is so terrified of them? Thanks for any advice!
    What kind of advice are you looking for? If you're that freaked out, then get a dog and let it chase the geckos and lizards away. icon_biggrin.gif

    Thanks for the advice but the sight of dead gecko and lizard corpses are even more terrifying than live ones!!!
  • BmwKid92

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    Jan 22, 2014 5:15 AM GMT
    i cant even..
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    Jan 22, 2014 5:40 AM GMT
    As one who had a pronounced phobia of moths AND butterflies (oh yes... !) - I feel your pain. I'm sorry to hear that, man - but don't know what to tell you other than perhaps aversion therapy if it's really that bad. You can find a therapist who specializes in phobias and see if that may help.

    Ironically, I have no fear of reptiles (unless they're truly dangerous) and actually love geckos and iguanas. In fact, I had an adorable iguana for many years named Scooby - and he grew to be over six feet long - !!

    And - yeah - I got over my butterfly phobia... but not so much for moths over a certain size. If they are in my room, I basically cannot sleep 'til they are exterminated or out of my space. icon_sad.gif

    It's so awful, it makes it hard to me to go camping or be in the woods sometimes... and I LOVE the outdoors in summer.
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    Jan 22, 2014 6:04 AM GMT
    Well, lizards and snakes sometimes get into my workshop, because the garage doors don't always close completely on the mechanical openers. Generally, I figure they don't hurt anything, and they eat the more destructive vermin. But the cats will just fuck with them, so I usually just pick them up and take them out to the garden. By the time I "rescue" them, the lizards have usually already detached their tails. Some cat play-toy I guess.
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    Jan 22, 2014 7:33 AM GMT
    Long ago my Dad was in the Navy and stationed in Guam. My stepmother got to go live there and they had a Quonset hut. My stepmother said they encouraged the geckos to come in because they ate the bugs. The only problem was that they could climb up the walls and on the ceiling and they somehow knew it was safe to let go when they were over the bed, which they'd do in the middle of the night and wake them up.
  • winwin

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    Jan 22, 2014 3:21 PM GMT
    manboynyc saidAs one who had a pronounced phobia of moths AND butterflies (oh yes... !) - I feel your pain. I'm sorry to hear that, man - but don't know what to tell you other than perhaps aversion therapy if it's really that bad. You can find a therapist who specializes in phobias and see if that may help.

    Ironically, I have no fear of reptiles (unless they're truly dangerous) and actually love geckos and iguanas. In fact, I had an adorable iguana for many years named Scooby - and he grew to be over six feet long - !!

    And - yeah - I got over my butterfly phobia... but not so much for moths over a certain size. If they are in my room, I basically cannot sleep 'til they are exterminated or out of my space. icon_sad.gif

    It's so awful, it makes it hard to me to go camping or be in the woods sometimes... and I LOVE the outdoors in summer.


    You are very brave to have overcome your butterfly phobia. I'm not that brave. LOL.
  • winwin

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    Jan 22, 2014 3:25 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidWell, lizards and snakes sometimes get into my workshop, because the garage doors don't always close completely on the mechanical openers. Generally, I figure they don't hurt anything, and they eat the more destructive vermin. But the cats will just fuck with them, so I usually just pick them up and take them out to the garden. By the time I "rescue" them, the lizards have usually already detached their tails. Some cat play-toy I guess.


    That was what started my phobia. As a 5 year old kid I saw a creepy gecko detach its wiggley tail and that to me was (and still)the most horrifying thing I ever saw, something that got stuck inside my head ever since.
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    Jan 22, 2014 5:38 PM GMT
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    In Queensland, there are 60 recognised species of native geckos , and they are all so pretty .


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  • winwin

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    Jan 22, 2014 6:36 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidLong ago my Dad was in the Navy and stationed in Guam. My stepmother got to go live there and they had a Quonset hut. My stepmother said they encouraged the geckos to come in because they ate the bugs. The only problem was that they could climb up the walls and on the ceiling and they somehow knew it was safe to let go when they were over the bed, which they'd do in the middle of the night and wake them up.


    Thanks for the warning, Guam will be on the list of never to visit places.
  • winwin

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    Jan 22, 2014 6:37 PM GMT
    neffa said..
    In Queensland, there are 60 recognised species of native geckos , and they are all so pretty .


    carphodactylus-laevis.jpg?w=300&h=197&as


    oedura-robusta-1.jpg?w=300&h=225&as=1


    They are not pretty, they are very creepy.
  • TheSkyWasYell...

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    Jan 23, 2014 6:57 AM GMT
    You guys do realize geckos eat mosquitos/sandflies and other parasitic insects? If I'm in a warm, humid tropical climate I want as many geckos around me as possible. It's nature's pest control.
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    Jan 23, 2014 7:29 PM GMT
    TheSkyWasYellow saidYou guys do realize geckos eat mosquitos/sandflies and other parasitic insects? If I'm in a warm, humid tropical climate I want as many geckos around me as possible. It's nature's pest control.

    So do spiders but we're not likely to leave spider webs up in our homes. icon_confused.gif
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    Jan 23, 2014 7:56 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    TheSkyWasYellow saidYou guys do realize geckos eat mosquitos/sandflies and other parasitic insects? If I'm in a warm, humid tropical climate I want as many geckos around me as possible. It's nature's pest control.

    So do spiders but we're not likely to leave spider webs up in our homes. icon_confused.gif


    Oh? Um... well if they're not in the way...

    BTW: All spiders are named Boris. All lizards are named Emilio. For conversational purposes.
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    mindgarden said
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    TheSkyWasYellow saidYou guys do realize geckos eat mosquitos/sandflies and other parasitic insects? If I'm in a warm, humid tropical climate I want as many geckos around me as possible. It's nature's pest control.

    So do spiders but we're not likely to leave spider webs up in our homes. icon_confused.gif


    Oh? Um... well if they're not in the way...

    BTW: All spiders are named Boris. All lizards are named Emilio. For conversational purposes.

    And the rats are named Willard? icon_twisted.gif
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    Jan 23, 2014 10:07 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    mindgarden said
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    TheSkyWasYellow saidYou guys do realize geckos eat mosquitos/sandflies and other parasitic insects? If I'm in a warm, humid tropical climate I want as many geckos around me as possible. It's nature's pest control.

    So do spiders but we're not likely to leave spider webs up in our homes. icon_confused.gif


    Oh? Um... well if they're not in the way...

    BTW: All spiders are named Boris. All lizards are named Emilio. For conversational purposes.

    And the rats are named Willard? icon_twisted.gif


    I have cats. There are no rodents in the house.

    ...No whole ones, anyway.icon_rolleyes.gif
  • TheSkyWasYell...

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    Jan 24, 2014 4:10 AM GMT
    I have two cats and they both kill annoying bugs all the time. Just as a gecko or spider would.