Life with Geckos

Before we moved to Hawaii, the only gecko I'd ever seen was caged. I even held one once while babysitting some cute kids whose parents Joe and I used to go to church with. I still can't believe I let that little boy talk me into it! He sure was cute. Haha. =) I digress.

I couldn't begin to tell you how many I've seen since moving here. They hang out in my garage, my kitchen, occasionally my living room and my lanai (patio). A day or two ago, I caught two geckos doing what I can only assume was "the dirty deed" on the ceiling of my lanai! Now that takes talent! Hahahaha! ;-) Today, though, one found my shower. *sigh* Actually, I found this little cutie in my shower last night before bed but I had hopes that he would find his way out overnight.

He's sooo little!!! And yes, that's my shower. I debated whether or not to post this picture but it shows you how itty bitty he is. The caulking on my tub/shower is severely moldy and I really need to call maintenance to come redo it. I just haven't yet. =P If only cleaning it would make it go away. Trust me, I've tried...until my fingers were ready to fall off!

Like I said, I found him last night and hoped he would be gone this morning. I peeked in the shower when I got up and I didn't see him. I was thankful and went about my morning. After I did my workout, I promptly started the shower. When I picked up my shampoo bottle, there he was!!! Still there!! I freaked out for a few minutes... And when I put the conditioner bottle down near him a little later, he started to back away - scared. And then I felt bad for him. This poor little gecko, stuck in my shower with no way out. =(

So, I moved my shampoo and conditioner bottles out of his way. I hoped he'd figure a way out if nothing huge was standing in his way. I came home from the museum later and he'd moved back to his original spot. Poor little guy! For a couple hours, I really wondered if I should try to catch him and let him outside or just let him figure it out on his own.

Around 6 or 7 tonight, I decided the little guy needed to be back outside where he could potentially find food. So, I grabbed a paper plate and put on one of my gardening gloves (that rarely - if ever - get used) and headed to the bathroom. I finally got him on the little plate and then I walked very quickly to the back yard. He was totally freaking out, running all over the plate! Probably because he was on something that was moving. Now that I think about it, I wonder if he was thinking, "Earthquaaaaaaaaaaake!!!!" Haha! =)

I set the plate down in the yard and he eventually stepped out into the grass and blended right in. Hoping he would stay still, I ran back in for my phone so I could take a picture. He did!!

I still can't get over how little and cute he is!! I hope that no birds get him and that he can hang out in my back yard and eat lots of unwanted bugs for me. =)


  1. Awe!! Ha ha we have geckos like crazy in AZ and they get pretty huge. You crack me up :)

  2. I think I would have pooped my pants! I don't handle little fast-moving creatures well, especially when they startle me!

  3. Ha! Replace "gecko" with "cockroach" and that's what life has been like here. Thankfully the puppies like to hunt down bugs. Yechhh.

  4. I've seen a few in person before but I think I would freak out if I saw one in my house.