Have you been face to face with a Reptilian Gecko?
David Icke and the Reptilians conspiracy theory
Many of you will have heard all about the Reptilians that David Icke claims secretly run the world, and contactee Alex Collier advises that you run as fast as possible if you encounter one of these very dangerous alien beings, but I had an encounter with a reptilian of a very different type. It was nevertheless in the early hours of the morning when I came face to face with a Reptilian!
Around 3 am my cat Tiggy woke me up by leaping off the bed and running into the next room. The last time she had done this was when we had a visit from a large Persian tomcat and I wondered if he had returned.
But it was not a cat, it was something much smaller and at first I couldn't see what Tiggy was trying to get in the kitchen. She was fascinated by the door of a cupboard and trying to get in it.
I opened it and moved some stuff inside and then I saw the little creature she knew was there. It was a Gecko and he ran out of the cupboard and went behind the rubbish bin.
Tiggy was there like a flash and I had to hold her back and with the other hand try to move the bin and catch the little reptile. He ran fast out into the hall and I was quick enough to catch him.
I always find that geckos become almost as if they are tame once you have them in your hand, and so it was with this one. I decided to take some photos before I let him out over the balcony.
Geckos are amazing little lizards with classic vertical pupils in their ever-so-reptilian eyes. They also have the ability to see in the dark and amazingly to walk up walls and upside down across ceilings. They are also able to change their body colour schemes and can match their backgrounds.
In Tenerife there are two types - the Tenerife Gecko (Tarentola delalandii) and the Turkish Gecko(Hemidactylus turcicus), the latter species of which is a real alien invader here that was believed to have first appeared on the island in the area of the capital city Santa Cruz.
Both species come out at night to seek their insect prey and they are often found on the walls of houses both inside and out.
It is thought that it is lucky to have geckos around and indeed, they are a great help because they love to eat moths, mosquitoes, cockroaches and other insects that we don't want sharing our accommodation.
Tiggy has caught geckos before and sadly she killed a couple in the place I used to live down in the south of the island. I have managed to save some there though and also saved a very big one she caught in the middle of the night again here.
On that occasion the gecko wasn't very thankful at first when I grabbed him because he bit me. I suppose he thought I was an even worse monster than Tiggy and was trying to defend himself. Again though the rescued reptile soon quietened down and stayed calm in my hand and I put that one out over the balcony wall too.
Geckos have such cute faces and cute little hands and if I didn't have Tiggy they would be more than welcome to share my apartment!
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© 2009 Steve Andrews
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