While typing out a list of ‘how to’ instructions for friends who are baby-sitting Sparky and our house for a few weeks, we noticed we had included a number of references to critters other than Sparky. There are a myriad of instructions on the care and feeding of our free-roaming collection of pets that inhabit our small bit of the island.
We have Geek
the Kitchen Gecko, who lives behind the fridge, and gives me a loud chuk, chuk, chuk greeting every morning
when I turn on the coffee maker. Geek
doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, except he likes a shallow dish of clean
water to be available on the kitchen counter. A few times when he has tried to catch
a drip from the kitchen tap it has resulted in a traumatic drop into a slippery
sided enclosure with no traction for his Velcro-like feet. Rather than chase a panicky
lizard around the sink, we have settled on letting him use the former-hand soap
dish as a drinking bowl. Occasionally we pull the fridge away from the wall and
vacuum his house, taking care not to suction him up with the poop. In return
for our acceptance of his requirements Geek the Gecko
does his best to eliminate mosquitoes and ants.
Before our famous
seventeen-year-old Thomas the Cat
passed away in April of 2016 there were a succession of kitchen geckos who had
a brief and tension-filled existence. We
intensely miss our Tommy, but the household
geckos had a disco party in celebration of his passing.
|Geek the Kitchen Gecko|
|King of the Beach - Thomas the Cat|
|Stumpy the Iguana is about 15 years old|
|Hernando the Hermit Crab - we think ....LOL|
|Hermit crab using a Pond's Cold Cream jar|
|Sparky - star of Treasure Isla novel, waiting for the sequel|
Being zoo keepers at our house is almost a full-time job.
Lynda & Lawrie
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