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Old 10-18-03, 01:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Tropical Plant Stowaway *PICS*

Okay, here's how the story goes: a Professor in the Psychology Department found a little lizard in her brand new tropical plant. Knowing of our herpetological expertise, she immediately summoned our assistance. Anyway, a few more details aside, here are some pictures of the little stowaway.
A gecko of the genus Hemidactylus, likely mamboui.
He's pretty tiny but he's thriving in his new home. He has been eating steadily for two weeks now.
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The plant was likely from a Floridian nursery and it is conceivable that he hatched in transit (due to his very small size and the fact he was still in the plant). He had a little friend with him too but he was desiccated (and dead) upon arrival.
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great rescue! lucky little fella
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awww cute little guy
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aww lucky!!! why doesnt stuff like that happen to ME
Very cute
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Hey that is very similar to a gecko that my friends parents found in there luggage after a vacation. Cool little gecko!
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Aww that's justt too cute. What a great find, Good luck with the little guy.
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sweet im going to home depot and check out all of there plants from leaf to stem! maybe i could find one....... HAY EVERYBODY FREE HERPS
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Ive had that happen a couple of times. I check over all plants that i buy really carefully for that reason, but there is a fairly local store in my area where while looking at plants ive heard little rustlying noises. On more then one occasion ive looked through the selection of plants and found gecks living umongst them....probably happens quite often.
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What a little cutie! Hope he does well for you....
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Awww! So cute!
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Very nice find, cute little guy. The end of the tail seems to be missing?
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nice find and good job
I'm suprised he was even found being so small and all
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seriously how come that stuff never happens to me either Good luck with the new little dude, hope he stays healthy and eating well!
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The end of the tail seems to be missing?
Indeed, Erin, good observation. The autotomy occured prior to my arrival on the scene.
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