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Only after the last tree has been cut down;
Only after the last fish has been caught;
Only after the last river has been poisoned;
Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten.
- Cree Indian Prophecy

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And Yet Another
Airport Security and Birds
Avalanche in Rainforest
Believe or Not?
Can You Spot the frog?
Cheated by Greed
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Climbing Manners
Damned It!
Encounter With King Cobra
Effect of Heel Pillows
Ethics of Jungle
Free Durians - Bullshit
Gallstone Removal Treatment
"Globalisation" opponents?
How to Use Bino
Hypothermia - be forewarned
How to Choose a Rucksack
Human Zoo
If Not Mat Salleh
Instructions For Life
Knee Pain Tips
Korbu - A small odyssey..
Life Span of Human...
Life was Cheap
Lost in the Jungle
Making A Camp
Mission Accomplished!
Trip To Sg Lembing
Miracle Powder
Nature's Voice
Nothing Goes To Waste
Of Sweat, Salt and VC
Orang Asli in Survival Mode
Penang National Park
Petrol Price
Pollution Everywhere...
Pretend And Cheat..
Prickling Scam
Principle Of Trekking
Rafflesia kerrii - largest in Peninsular Malaysia
Rengas Trees
Rope Walk
Rubbish Collectors
Seasons Come Seasons Go
Snake bite at Gunung Tahan
Sorry Gecko you are next on the line
Spam of Sg Jagong
Tarutao - Accidental Pilgrims
They Called It Wildboar Tick
Trip To Taman Negara
The Sting That Cures
We Were Accomplices
Year-end Message 2008

......Kok, Kok, grrru.....gekco...gekco...gekco........

Sorry Gecko you are next on the line....

© by Forest Ang
Weird sounds. Kok, Kok, grrru..... gekco... gekco... gekco.... and that is the reason why this huge lizards are called gecko.

In Thailand at one of the islands’ national park, I have the pleasure of learning the syllable of the geckos. It was some sort of symphony of singing geckos. Each outdoing one another. Its a music to my ears. Words could not describe that nature’s delightful music. Each gecko has their own syllable. I can still remember one that has seven....gekco, gekco, gekco, gekco, gekco, gekco, gekco.

Banded slender-toed Gecko (Cyrtodactylus pulchellus)

If you were not familiar with the sound, you could presumed that it was some calls from the death. Frightening indeed. You can find geckos in parks, forests, and buildings near forest edge. Unprotected by the wildlife acts, they are part of our natural heritage. They feed mostly on insects and they are part of the natural ecosystem. Our house gecko are smaller and are infact helping us to get rid of pests such as mosquitoes and flies. Ooph..I once had my guppy fish eaten by house lizard too. They can sometime caused nuisance if you left your food on the table uncovered. There are many myths related to gecko. I remember my mother used to said that gecko likes to drink the tea on the Kuan Imm’s altar. “Kill it if you see it drinking the tea. It makes the tea unholy” she added. I now know that they are at the altar to feed on the insects floating on the tea.

Tockay (Gekko gecko)

Gliding Gecko (Ptychozoon spp)

A recent trip to an active logging forest in Temengor, Perak, the loggers suddenly turn to the attention of the calling gecko on a tree. All the loggers started to look up on the hole on the tree and deligently scanning for the gecko. When asked, a logger said that the saliva is especially potent for curing AIDS. “The gecko with red eyes fetches the highest price”, he added. According to one logger, there is an agent that come around collecting the geckos from them. Each gecko, depending on the type and size, can fetch up to RM7000 per live lizard. I was told that the saliva is the most potent part although the blood and the whole lizard can be used to treat AIDS. The craze for gecko is about to being? How true is this myth?

5 Sept 2010


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