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RachelNell
1124829.  Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:41 am Reply with quote

Hey QI Elves and Fans!

Just watched the Lenses episode, where Stephen refers to the Gecko losing it's tail, and thought I would share this with you: https://youtu.be/GwePFKsGxa4?list=UU3HAM4nLz0zTWnRH6F40lPA

Courtesy of my cat. Happens at least once a week in my house! I'm forever trying to save them, poor things :)

 
Alfred E Neuman
1124831.  Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:54 am Reply with quote

Is that a gecko's tail or a skink's? It looked a bit like a skink to me.

 
RachelNell
1124851.  Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:31 am Reply with quote

Definite South African gecko. At least what we call a gecko :)

 
RachelNell
1124852.  Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:34 am Reply with quote

I'll try and get a shot of one. There's always some running around the house.

 
Alfred E Neuman
1124936.  Sat Mar 21, 2015 6:00 pm Reply with quote

A couple of hours after I posted that, my cat had a gecko trapped in the bath. It persistently hung onto its tail, even when the dog came to see what the fuss was about. Maybe my geckos are just dumb.

 
Posital
1124964.  Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:41 am Reply with quote

Or tasty...

 
RachelNell
1127326.  Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:27 am Reply with quote

LOL! Some of mine don't lose theirs either, but most do. And most I find are already tailless. Just this week my girlie kitty was bringing in a present, and calling to let me know she had something. I walked into the passage to see a writhing, gecko-less tail and Molly trying her utmost to keep up with the disappearing gecko :)

I have been having one helluva battle to get a good shot of one, and today I succeeded! I found it in the kitchen sink and thankfully it didn't run away. Hope the link works:
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/Smurfbunni/Pets/DSC_0492_zpsfyitypcb.jpg

 
RachelNell
1127328.  Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:32 am Reply with quote

I am curious to know if it's known as a skink, because until you mentioned them, I had always considered them geckos. I had never heard of skinks before. Most people I know call them geckos.

 
CharliesDragon
1127363.  Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:08 am Reply with quote

If it can walk up the wall it's a gecko, if it can't, we'll say it's a skink.

 
Alfred E Neuman
1127512.  Fri Apr 03, 2015 1:46 pm Reply with quote

Dunno. Skinks can do some walls, if there's some grip. But geckos manage windows and ceilings too.

Gecko



Skink

 

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