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This little fella came tumbling from the ceiling of the reed roof of the unit where we stayed in the Kruger Park. Firmly attached to it's side was another one of its kind. They landed in the rinsing basin where I was preparing food. So I chased them out of the basin and finally the biter let go. One can still see where the upper layer of skin was torn by the bite, to its side. No, these ones don't have teeth.


By the time I got the camera, it has moved this position against the window pane.


Apparently, we have 61 gecko species in our country, but there is no database from which I could identify which one this is.




comments (16)

Cute little fella, Louis.
Louis: I agree with that, Frank.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Nov 2015, 03:01
Our house geckos seem to be always fighting, too, Louis.

This one is very attractive!
Louis: I know they eat their own skin after shedding. Apparently after the nutrients available in the skin. So I wonder if that has something to do with the fighting.
He is a handsome specimen! Funny how he came into your life! smile
Louis: He is, Elizabeth. A squeal and a slap, and there they were.
great shot of the gecko on the window Louis...

if they have no teeth then how did this one get the bite mark on its back?....petersmile
Louis: Reptiles shed skins. At some time the skin will be a loose fit, ready to be torn off the body. Normally they do this by rubbing against stone or something rough. With no teeth, they still can produce a tight grip - these two fell about three meters from the ceiling and the biter did not lose its grip. So I guess the biting gecko inadvertently accomplished the same result as a rub against a rock. Thanks peter.
Quite a handsome fella Louis!
Louis: They always looks so wide-eyed and this one is so well marked. Thanks Richard.
  • Philine
  • United States
  • 30 Nov 2015, 06:22
Quite a jump!
Louis: Zeker weten, Philine.
WOW. I've never seen a gecko like that, Louis, let alone with a tear in its skin!
Louis: In my search for the correct species, the nearest I found was a wood slave. That is a gecko from the south (Florida way) in the US.
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston, Bath
  • 30 Nov 2015, 06:45
Poor creature - but makes quite a story for us
Louis: I believe it isn't suffering at all, as that may be the outer sking that soon will be shed.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Nov 2015, 07:15
Well whatever he is his camouflage is wonderful Louis
Louis: It is a great camouflage, indeed, Chris.
He looks a pugnacious little chap Louis!
Louis: It squealed like a mini pig, when the biter was still attached, Bill.
What a story, Louis. We have flies.
Louis: Yoiu have flies? You live in Australia, all of a sudden?
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Nov 2015, 12:26
I love the skin of this little rascal...I think one need no teeth to do harm.... The inside of his mouth will be very rough...
Great shot, BTW
Louis: Thank you Astrid. I think it can clamp its mouth very tight.
That sounds a bit nasty Louis, I wonder if they were attracted by what you were doing.
Louis: No, not by what I have been doing. They were just fighting, lost their grips against the ceiling side of the thatch roof and happened to land next to me. Very aggressive against each other.
What I was wondering (pure speculation) is that, since a gecko eats its own skin after the shedding, maybe the biter developed an urge for the other's skin smile
Indeed a cute looking character, but I'm glad we don't get things like this coming into our houses.
Louis: There are lots of people the world over who breed them as a hobby and keep them as pets. Not that one can interact with them, like with a dog.
You'll have to start a pic file and a database!
Louis: The scientist have spoken. Good idea, but that can be a life calling ... and obviously, if it would entail driving places to take the pictures, it would require money as well. I know people with money (the bank manager) but they are not inclined to share.
well he cannot possibly eat his own skin while it is on his back, Louis. wonder if it was a pact of some kind. probably not grin
Louis: One never knows exactly what transpires in nature. The gecko in the picture was really squealing when the other one had a grip on it. I don't believe it was voluntary - but one never knows ...

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