Giant Gecko Eats Bug and Other Assorted Wonders

It has been a week of reptiles and bugs really. The rain is coming in, I mean, The Wet Season is approaching. We’ve had nearly three straight days of rain. All the creeks are up and some have gone over the roads a few times already. One thing about here is the creeks come up violently fast and roar through. But they drop almost as fast. Sometimes waiting it out for a few hours is the best thing to do.

But anyway, on with the reptiles and stuff. We discovered that we have not One, but Two Cooktown Geckos in the house. That’s pretty cool. They get rid of larger bugs and provide me with endless entertainment when they’re out. I managed to catch one in mid snap trying to get a beetle, and another shot when one of them had devoured a centipede, with just the rear legs poking out of its mouth.

Two Cooktown Geckos in the house

Two Cooktown Geckos in the house

Looking more like a dragon than a gecko

Looking more like a dragon than a gecko

Stalking its prey

Stalking its prey

Gotcha!

Gotcha!

Yuck, it bites back!

Yuck, it bites back!

mmmm, centipede

mmmm, centipede

Crunchy

Crunchy

I have a lump in my belly

I have a lump in my belly

On the subject of lizards, I’ve been throwing the March flies that I kill to this skink. Since I started a little while  ago, his tail has grown about 2cm and the lizard is getting larger all ’round.

The fly catching skink

The fly catching skink

Love the patterns

Love the patterns

Last night we had a break in the rain and the flying ants went crazy again. These are few pics of them looking like fairies, flying in pattern formations. Oh, and some pics of next morning and the carpet of fairy wings on the ground.

The ants are flying, looking like fairies

The ants are flying, looking like fairies

Flying ants

Flying ants

Formation flying, forming patterns on the air

Formation flying, forming patterns on the air

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Aftermath. The ants shed their wings and meet many fates

Aftermath. The ants shed their wings and meet many fates

Ants and wings. Food for Sunbirds, geckos and frogs

Ants and wings. Food for Sunbirds, geckos and frogs

Of course, when the ants come, the geckos and other creatures gorge themselves. I found the Cane Toad another home in a galaxy far, far away after taking this photo.
EDIT: It was brought to my attention by a very close friend that the ‘grey’ gecko in the first 2 shots is actually just starting to moult. It is the same breed as the gecko in the 3rd and 4th pics.

silver gecko01

silver gecko02

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mottle_gecko02

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We have had this Green Tree snake hanging around a lot lately. This afternoon I got some pics. It’s skin is dull, which indicates it’s ready to shed. By the way it was rasping against sharp edges in the house roof today, and by the glazing on its eyes, I’d say that’s what it’s about to do.

gts02

gts01

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Oh, and yes, it’s been raining, which is slowly bringing the frogs out.

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wet01

The plants are going crazy. These tendrils are at the tips of a leaf.

tendrils

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3 thoughts on “Giant Gecko Eats Bug and Other Assorted Wonders

  1. cool shit brad….
    lol…you could get $100+ a gecko here….
    you sure do have a lot of wildlife there, at least “these’ don’t seem all bitey..lol

    like the new blog background.

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