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Look at the viciousness in that little bugger’s eyes!

First of all, let me begin by saying that one little gecko that I was called upon to dispose of today gave me the idea for a blog post or two about getting car insurance in Hawaii.

Second of all, I didn’t dispose of the gecko the way an Italian Mafia hit man would have.  I simple captured it in my hands and released it into the backyard.

This is what I realized:  Having car insurance in Hawaii doesn’t make the locals any better at driving.  You’re still going to be like, “Did that dude just cut me off and then throw a shaka as a thank you?”

The other thing that I realized is that you can’t dispose of the geckos.  They’ll always be there.  I don’t mind them.  However, a household full of screaming ladies who have an aversion to reptiles makes my life a living hell concoction of calming them down and trying to save the lives of the little, stinky footed suckers.

The struggle is real.

Not only for me and my battle within the house to save the geckos while at the same time keeping my ladies from having feinting spells, but the struggle of the geckos in Hawaii is real, too.

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There’s a battle going on in gecko world that is taking Hawaiian households by storm. It’s like the MMA of Lizard Land.

Here’s how this war is going down!

There’s the common house gecko.  They’re everywhere.  They’re not too great to look at.  Plain, really.

They arrived in Hawaii probably around World War II.  They aren’t native.  They moved to Hawaii by mistake and, like almost all other things that get out…it thrives in the environment.

Then there’s the Madagascar gecko.   They’re like the seductive siren of the gecko world.  They’ll suck you in with their beautiful, bright colors.  Watch out, though!  They can bite.  Here’s a video of one decimating a mango with its big sharp pointy teeth.

The Madagascar, from what I’ve seen, don’t have the numbers but they have the ferociousness and they’re beating the common geckos off their turf.

Personally, I’m rooting for the Madagascar gecko.  They’re kind of more appealing to me. They’re prettier and nastier.  Besides, if I’m going to be called upon to dispose of every gecko that my family finds then I want to at least make it a worthwhile battle.

Malama Hawaii and Screw the Geckos!

All joking aside, even though I do love the Madagascar Gecko, as a responsible citizen and lover of the Hawaiian Islands I have to tell you that Madagascar Geckos actually compete with local, native birds for the same food sources and are a danger to the Hawaiian eco-system.  If you find or see one then you’re supposed to report it to Agricultural officials at  808-643-PEST.

Too bad…imagine what would happen if we didn’t rid the Hawaiian Islands of the terrible menace of Madagascar Geckos?  They could take to the seas, get really pissed off and attack Waikiki.

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AAAAhhh…
Courtesy of RynLee
http://rynlee.deviantart.com/art/Baby-Godzilla-Attacks-304811795

 

Seriously?  Leave the damn geckos alone, Hawaii DOA!!

Not that you should be too worried about it if you’re rooting for the Madagascar geckos like I am.  The African Killer Snails that grow three inch shells are also considered a pest in Hawaii and many other places.  Since I don’t like snails, I actually reported the one I saw in my backyard on several occasions to the Department of Agriculture…that was a week ago.  I mean, snails are slow but not as slow as responding to pests as the Hawaii DOA, apparently.

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