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This is a discussion on Free Loader within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This past fall I purchased a plant in a basket from Hawaii. Recently, while soaking ...

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    This past fall I purchased a plant in a basket from Hawaii. Recently, while soaking the basket and plant, I noticed a small brown reptile. I tried to catch it but it fell to the floor of the greenhouse never to be seen again.... until today when I found him moving rather slowly, since the floor temp is about 50F. So does anyone know anything about this guy? Maybe someone from the Islands??? Sorry, the pics aren't my best work. Oh, yes, I think he may be missing a portion of his tail!




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    It's a house geco. Great little insect eaters.

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    If you keep it in a glass aquarium, you'll need a light to keep it warm. I hear that some bait shops carry small grasshoppers to feed them. I love my gecko's around here. I find their tiny eggs when I'm putting in new plants. And many of us still miss our local mascot "Peanut"...he used to be a regular on here. (his human friend used to put his picture on here)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    If you keep it in a glass aquarium, you'll need a light to keep it warm. I hear that some bait shops carry small grasshoppers to feed them. I love my gecko's around here. I find their tiny eggs when I'm putting in new plants. And many of us still miss our local mascot "Peanut"...he used to be a regular on here. (his human friend used to put his picture on here)
    I assume you are referring to Paul's Peanut??

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    He looks awefully think !

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    It is a House Gecko. You should keep him warm 80 - 85 degrees, with a nighttime drop of 10 or 15 degrees or so. They will eat any small insects. He does look like he needs a few square meals !

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    Howard, what is your further plan for unfortunate gecko, are you going to feed it or let this guy looking its own meals?

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    Well, unfortunately, my GH never gets above 68 ~ 70F during the winter and he wasn't really moving around much and other than some fungus gnats flitting around there isn't much for him to eat.... so, well, I trust no one will be too upset with me.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    And many of us still miss our local mascot "Peanut"...she used to be a regular on here. (her human friend used to put her picture on here)

    Thank you, Connie -- I miss my little lady "dragon" still.

    How big is the little bugger, Howard?
    If it is still alive and if you have a plastic shoe box or other similar container (one that is not airtight) you could keep it in temporarily, I can come by to rescue the lil fella. If you have a container, and if you wife won't be displeased, you could take it into your house and see if it perks up with the warmer temps. If it doesn't perk up at all then then it might be too far gone. If so the kindest method of euthanasia, aside from CO2, would be to put him in the freezer. Judging by how woefully skinny it is, survival is questionable.

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    Yeah - looks starved to me...
    maybe if you put it in a plastic container you could buy some insects to feed it...
    wonder if grasshoppers would be too large.

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