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But it's so cute.


Ooh we had these in the Caribbean they'd change colour to match the colour of your walls and they'd catch flies and other insects. Grandmother screamed when she saw them. I'd try to catch them to play with them and the cats ate them if we couldn't rescue them in time.

I agree they're just so adorable.


The house geckos in Taiwan tend to be paler with fewer markings. They make funny chirping noises at night and eat the mosquitoes so we like having them around.
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The house geckos in Taiwan tend to be paler with fewer markings. They make funny chirping noises at night and eat the mosquitoes so we like having them around.


We call ours house lizards they come in sizes small as the one you've shown and can be large enough to cover the length of a hand span about 7 inches/17 cm. I've never heard them make a sound so I don't know if they can.
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The house geckos in Taiwan tend to be paler with fewer markings. They make funny chirping noises at night and eat the mosquitoes so we like having them around.
Now a days there are tons of Mediterranean Geckos that hang around my house. You can't even step out the door at night without seeing one. They are cute but like so many things are invasive nonnative species. There is also an absolutely massive tokay gecko that likes to hang out under our shutters.

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Morbidhanson wrote:
The house geckos in Taiwan tend to be paler with fewer markings. They make funny chirping noises at night and eat the mosquitoes so we like having them around.
Now a days there are tons of Mediterranean Geckos that hang around my house. You can't even step out the door at night without seeing one. They are cute but like so many things are invasive nonnative species. There is also an absolutely massive tokay gecko that likes to hang out under our shutters.



I kinda want a tokay gecko but I hear that they bite. Seems like they're able to bite hard and I'm not very experienced at keeping geckos and would like to handle them.
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Morbidhanson wrote:


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Morbidhanson wrote:
The house geckos in Taiwan tend to be paler with fewer markings. They make funny chirping noises at night and eat the mosquitoes so we like having them around.
Now a days there are tons of Mediterranean Geckos that hang around my house. You can't even step out the door at night without seeing one. They are cute but like so many things are invasive nonnative species. There is also an absolutely massive tokay gecko that likes to hang out under our shutters.



I kinda want a tokay gecko but I hear that they bite. Seems like they're able to bite hard and I'm not very experienced at keeping geckos and would like to handle them.
They can bite hard and tend to be more mouthy than a lot of other choices in the pet trade. On the flip side however they are less likely to drop their tails when stressed. The big thing with them seems to be making sure to keep nice and loose with your hold. If you start with a baby, I would imagine you could build up your confidence with handling along with taming one if it is a species you are set on.

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Lately I've been throwing spiders outside my house instead of killing them. I just always feel bad smashing them since I've never actually been bitten one.
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I'm usually the one assigned to kill rogue bugs for my friends or family.

Generally bugs don't bother me. I'll watch them go about their business, and I'll intentionally let a spider live in my room to catch a few mosquitoes in the summertime. I especially like bumble bees and how they work their colonies.

I will say, however, that I once woke up with a bug that looked like this
on my nose, and had a good freak-out moment. I have since declared war on any that cross into my territory.
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oh yea!???? you're a creepy crawly creature.. yea what now!
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Lately I've been throwing spiders outside my house instead of killing them. I just always feel bad smashing them since I've never actually been bitten one.


why would you bite a spider?
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I like bugs when I'm watching documentaries about them, but seeing them in person? NOPE.
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deornery wrote:

Lately I've been throwing spiders outside my house instead of killing them. I just always feel bad smashing them since I've never actually been bitten one.


why would you bite a spider?



Oh, you're right. That's disgusting.

Supposed to be "bitten by one."
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deornery wrote:


stoner789 wrote:


deornery wrote:

Lately I've been throwing spiders outside my house instead of killing them. I just always feel bad smashing them since I've never actually been bitten one.


why would you bite a spider?



Oh, you're right. That's disgusting.

Supposed to be "bitten by one."


haha yea i was just teasing
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I've always found all lifeforms, including creepy crawlies, infinitely fascinating!! Since childhood I have always had various creatures around me (to the disgust of my three sisters), and fed my interest through membership of various clubs & participation in classes & other programmes. At the moment I satisfy my curiosity through my involvement in wildlife rescue & rehab where I do a lot of work with bats & reptiles; and through volunteer work in the invertebrate dept of the Australian Museum.
By & large, I don't have much trouble with physical contact with these creatures, but I would prefer to know that they are there first rather than have them suddenly appear somewhere on my person! This probably has more to do with the odd tactile phobia I suffer from than with any inherent fear or disgust; and having an element of control (knowing they are there) makes it easier to deal with. Having said that, because I live in Australia it is always a better idea to be fully informed of the presence of creepy crawlies! On a continent crawling with every conceivable animal nasty - where there appears to be some creature hell-bent on your painful demise up every tree & under every rock - you need to be well aware of your proximity to everything, just in case its a Sydney Funnel-Web spider or an Eastern King Brown snake (or any other of a long list of deadly organisms!!)
While I can understand people being reluctant to have physical contact with many of these creatures, I cant understand how they can just lump them together as some abhorrent interference that they would prefer had never existed! Every organism has an inherent value - the very fact that it is here today is a testament to the millions of years of struggle for survival that has brought it to this point in its evolution and made it the organism that so perfectly fits its lifestyle & environmental niche. We shouldn't be shuddering when we encounter these creatures, we should be singing with joy & amazement at the wonder that constitutes life!!!

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Most beetle creatures are a NO for me. Roaches, "German Water Bugs" aka Giant Roaches, Junebugs, etc. Those are a no no. I am also terrified of wasps and hornets and have a fear of being stung.

I do not like most things that crawl on six legs to get near me unless they are behind glass or a measurable enough distance away that I feel safer. The only bug I can't say I'm 100% creeped out by is the millipede. And the butterfly / the moth, if those two count.
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If it can't kill me and doesn't threaten my way of life, I don't mind those little critters. I did catch a hobo spider last week scurrying across my bed. I caught him and dropped him off outside the neighbors door. Non-venomous house spiders in reasonable populations are a welcome addition to my apartment.They keep bugs down and giant house spiders keep hobo spider populations at bay.

When I was younger I was bringing the trash cans in and the biggest black widow I have ever seen crawled onto my hand in the process. Looking back on it, I wish I would have relocated that spider. Seriously, that ol' girl was HUGE. Leg span was easily 2.5-3.0 inches. She must have been old or well fed because I have never seen a black widow that big before. But I was young and stupid so I killed her with fire. Still, she was surprisingly unaggressive and a gorgeous specimen to observe. I do hope I run into another like her one of these days. This time around, I might keep her as a pet or relocate her to a safer location where she could do spider things to her hearts content.

With that, I do appreciate the creepy crawly helpers around my house. Bugs, spiders, and snakes are all welcome (snakes should stay out of the house, and they do). Predator insects and spiders take care of pest insects while snakes of all kinds take care of both insects and rodents. The same goes for the orchards and cropping systems I manage. Promoting predator diversity and pest populations to sustain that diversity only helps to improve the efficiency of the cropping system. People really do need to start differentiating between good and bad bugs. Spiders are invaluable generalist predators that should be kept, again to a reasonable extent, in every house.
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