Geckos In My Sink

So there are these weird clear/white gecko lizard things that are here in Spring, Texas that we DO NOT have in the city of Houston. We have the green ones that change colors and have the red necks that puff out when they are trying to mate, I hear they are called Anoles. But these things, yeah, not real sure what they are all about. They are much more plump and I feel like they would be really juicy if I ever accidentally squished one, not that I would want to. But they are everywhere at night.

My first run in was when we first moved into the new house and we were cleaning all the windows. I was taking the screens off from the inside of the house, I got to the last screen and inside the lip of the window (which slides right to left, not up and down like a traditional window) was one of these gecko things. I screamed, more because it startled me than anything else. Then I quickly closed the window.

Bill got to said window to clean it from the outside, yelled to me to take the screen off. I told them there was a lizard thing in there and he just gave me this look like, “are you kidding me?”. So he forced me to open the window again, and there it was, but this time it somehow got on the inside of the house, in the track. If I left the window open he was trapped, but we couldn’t get to him. If I closed the window, he was able to run loose in my house which was not a situation I was going to allow. So I made Bill catch him.

I’m told that he got a broom to try to shoo him out the window, to which the lizard thing responded with a leap into the house, my husband somehow harnessed ninja like reflexes, caught the gecko lizard thing mid air and then tossed it out the window in one swooping motion. I’m told that the gecko hit the fence, landed on the ground cold, got up, shook it off, and then ran away.

So today I get home after a long day, go to fill Sam’s (our black lab) water bowl. I reach for the knob of the kitchen sink and one of these lizard things jumps up at me. I scream, again from being startled. I’m also super pissed that somehow it got in my house and is now getting its lizard germs all over my sink. Its trapped. So I make Bill catch it between a cup and a piece of paper and toss it outside.

These creepy lizard gecko things want to be in my house. This is seriously not ok. And what worries me more is they’ve clearly found a way in and I have no idea where it is.
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So I did some research and it turns out its a gecko, more specifically I think its the Mediterranean Gecko. See the picture below (note I did not take this picture, found it on a google search).

I also found another website that called it a house gecko, which is SO NOT OK! These WILL NOT be living IN my house, on our around is fine, just not IN. Though I do like that I found a picture of one eating a spider (found at this blog), because we seem to have an issue with that as well. The blog this photo came from, called Biological Ramblings (check it out, its pretty awesome) also noted that some species of this house gecko are parthenogenetic (female-only, reproducing asexually) which is crazy interesting.

I wonder if I could train Sam to hunt them and then gently put them outside so they could live happily in the outdoors. Hmm…

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11 Comments

  1. Dan May 3, 2010 at 4:25 am #

    Haha, nice post. Although I don’t really see what’s so gross about geckos. I’m a guy though.

    • diliberto May 3, 2010 at 5:06 am #

      Thanks! They aren’t gross, I just don’t think they belong in my house. Its probably a girl thing. =)

  2. G May 6, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    they do exist in Houston. they’re everywhere at my house. *note: i live walking distance from downtown* the picture with the gecko eating the spider…thanks. gross. ^_^

  3. charm home May 14, 2010 at 12:49 am #

    I’m serioulsy hyperventilating at your very descriptive yet hillarious story about your “house gecko.” Whoops…I don’t think that’s the right term. “Mediterrainean gecko” :o).

    I still remember the green with red chest kind from my grandparents’ home in Alabama. They were everywhere…but not in the house. I don’t know what I would do if I ran into one of those geckos in my home. At least they seem to be spider eaters though. I can handle lizzards, just not spiders. Hope you can get rid of them. If I had to choose though I would have lizzards over spiders any day.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. You are really talented and I’m thoroughly enojoying reading yours. xo, Cristi

  4. Annette August 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    How can you know the difference between the males and the female Med. gecko? Is there a difference? I have them at my house in Louisianna and I think they are realy neat.

    • Chris August 8, 2011 at 9:27 am #

      I’m not sure. The little bit of information I have was from searching online.

      • windrose January 3, 2012 at 7:10 pm #

        nice post, i recently found a house gecko at my house and we’re trying to take care of it, i’m in florida by the way, and i totally understand the not in the house thing ^_^

        • Chris January 3, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

          Thanks! Good luck with your Gecko adventures :)

  5. mike September 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    i just found one in my house in philadelphia pa. i didnt know what to do with it . i put it out in my yard in a huge potted plant

    • Chris September 28, 2012 at 9:17 am #

      Mike, my husband is from Philadelphia and I have certainly seen them there as well. Way to save the little guy!

  6. Me October 11, 2014 at 12:16 am #

    These little things I’m pretty sure can’t be removed, since due to their small size and quick reflexes, as well as the ability to be resistant to pesticide. I saw an answer to an ask question that says they live in your vents. These are all over the outside of our house, and inside for days in the heat. They will keep on coming back as well, because of their small size.