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are there wild geckoes in north texas?


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Posted by skinner on October 07, 2001 at 16:41:29:

Twice this year i have found a gecko in the electric box outside my house. The first time was after a power outage. I was curiouse about wether or not it was a breaker so i lifted the lid of the box and what i thought was a lizard fell to the ground. I tried to grab it and when i did its tail fell off. It looked li8ke a juvinile plain lizard as far as color. But it didnt have what looked to be scales, but rather had smooth skin like a frog, and small bumps all over it. The second time i found one it was in the same box on the house, and i was looking out of curiosity to see if i could catch another and sure enough there it was, same thing, except when i lifted the lid, the lizard or gecko, whichever it was, dropped its tail before i went for it. It just dropped it and then ran. I kept both for a while, but as i couldnt get them to eat i let them go. One thing i can say is they where very able to climb glass, and had flat ends on there toes that allowed them to climb slick surfaces. Ive been looking at pics of geckoes in my reptiles magazine and both of these looked identical to most ive seen in there. Are they indigenouse to texas, or has someone thrown a mated pair out and they reproduced? All i know is ive lived in Texas all my life and never saw anything like them. skinner


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