I rescued this little gecko from the birds’ water dish this morning. Since they rarely seek out drinking water, he must have blundered into it overnight during his nocturnal rambling. I think it was my fault, for placing the container down on the lower level to give the birds more area to get at the seed, but maybe the gecko climbed up and fell in.
I’ve often seen a fat little gecko go skimming across the outside of my kitchen window of a night, after insects, but this is the first time I’ve seen what they look like on top. Common in our part of Australia, this one is about 8cm. Being legally allowed, one can buy them in pet shops.
For a horror-stricken moment, I thought it had drowned, but its little legs moved when I lifted it from the water. I slipped a geranium leaf underneath for transport to a safer section of the fence – in the sun to bring up body temperature. Then I worried about its eyes, it being nocturnal, so I moved some dead grass to screen his head.
I came back later, thinking I better move him somewhere further away from birds, but it had already hidden itself pretty well. Eventually it vanished, probably into one of the fissures in the brick fence.
Gecko, moss, and grass and the old brick fence.
So that’s my excitement for the day.