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    modom (palindrome guy) Guest

    Default geckos

    Warm night in Cow Hill. The geckos, backlit on the front porch screen,
    look like mutant quadruped anchovies.
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    modom

  2. #2
    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Tue, 08 Sep 2009 21:33:27 -0500, modom (palindrome guy) wrote:

    > Warm night in Cow Hill. The geckos, backlit on the front porch screen,
    > look like mutant quadruped anchovies.


    We didn't have any geckoes this year. Not enough water or
    something. Barely any toads, either. Nothing like last year -
    there was a glut of both and it was a happy food chain.

    -sw

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    atec 7 7 Guest

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    Sqwertz wrote:
    > On Tue, 08 Sep 2009 21:33:27 -0500, modom (palindrome guy) wrote:
    >
    >> Warm night in Cow Hill. The geckos, backlit on the front porch screen,
    >> look like mutant quadruped anchovies.

    >
    > We didn't have any geckoes this year. Not enough water or
    > something. Barely any toads, either. Nothing like last year -
    > there was a glut of both and it was a happy food chain.
    >
    > -sw

    Geckoes fed to my pet green frogs
    Toads get to play hockey

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    PeterL Guest

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    "modom (palindrome guy)" <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    > Warm night in Cow Hill. The geckos, backlit on the front porch screen,
    > look like mutant quadruped anchovies.




    A delicacy in Malaysia is 'Gecko Pies'.



    --
    Peter Lucas
    Brisbane
    Australia


    If we are not meant to eat animals,
    why are they made of meat?

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    PeterL Guest

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    atec 7 7 <"atec 77"@hotmail.com> wrote in news:h87529$ca6$2@news.eternal-
    september.org:

    > Sqwertz wrote:
    >> On Tue, 08 Sep 2009 21:33:27 -0500, modom (palindrome guy) wrote:
    >>
    >>> Warm night in Cow Hill. The geckos, backlit on the front porch screen,
    >>> look like mutant quadruped anchovies.

    >>
    >> We didn't have any geckoes this year. Not enough water or
    >> something. Barely any toads, either. Nothing like last year -
    >> there was a glut of both and it was a happy food chain.
    >>
    >> -sw

    > Geckoes fed to my pet green frogs
    > Toads get to play hockey
    >




    I love the 'POP' they make when you drive over them!!



    --
    Peter Lucas
    Brisbane
    Australia


    If we are not meant to eat animals,
    why are they made of meat?

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    Sky Guest

    Default & Cicadas Re: geckos

    Sqwertz wrote:
    >
    > On Tue, 08 Sep 2009 21:33:27 -0500, modom (palindrome guy) wrote:
    >
    > > Warm night in Cow Hill. The geckos, backlit on the front porch screen,
    > > look like mutant quadruped anchovies.

    >
    > We didn't have any geckoes this year. Not enough water or
    > something. Barely any toads, either. Nothing like last year -
    > there was a glut of both and it was a happy food chain.
    >
    > -sw


    I've noticed the cicadas' "symphony" in landlocked Illinois seems to
    have definitely increased its decibal levels this summer season <G>.

    Sky, who'd rather have geckos than spiders!

    --
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    Ultimate Kitchen Rule -- Cook's Choice!!

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    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Tue, 08 Sep 2009 22:00:55 -0500, Sky wrote:

    > I've noticed the cicadas' "symphony" in landlocked Illinois seems to
    > have definitely increased its decibal levels this summer season <G>.
    >
    > Sky, who'd rather have geckos than spiders!


    We have "Giant Cicadas" that have just started re-appearing in
    Central Texas after an 80 year hiatus.

    You have *not* heard a cicada until you've heard these things. Each
    year we keep getting more and more of them. Still, the majority of
    the population hasn't had the pleasure of actually hearing them
    often enough to wonder WTF it was.

    I first heard them this year and started asking around what that
    awful sound was. It was heard convincing me that this sound came
    from anything smaller than a teradactyl.

    <http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/external_news/2006/07/giantcicada072306.html>

    -sw

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    Sky Guest

    Default Re: & Cicadas Re: geckos

    Sqwertz wrote:
    >
    > On Tue, 08 Sep 2009 22:00:55 -0500, Sky wrote:
    >
    > > I've noticed the cicadas' "symphony" in landlocked Illinois seems to
    > > have definitely increased its decibal levels this summer season <G>.
    > >
    > > Sky, who'd rather have geckos than spiders!

    >
    > We have "Giant Cicadas" that have just started re-appearing in
    > Central Texas after an 80 year hiatus.
    >
    > You have *not* heard a cicada until you've heard these things. Each
    > year we keep getting more and more of them. Still, the majority of
    > the population hasn't had the pleasure of actually hearing them
    > often enough to wonder WTF it was.
    >
    > I first heard them this year and started asking around what that
    > awful sound was. It was heard convincing me that this sound came
    > from anything smaller than a teradactyl.
    >
    > <http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/external_news/2006/07/giantcicada072306.html>
    >
    > -sw


    The cicadas I hear are so loud I sometimes want to close my windows!!!
    And this summer has been quite peculiar -- so cool there've been more
    days without air-conditioning than with! I dunno which 'variety' of
    cicadas are around here, but thier molted shells (OK, exoskeletons on
    tree trunks) are definitely more than 1" long and then some!

    Sky

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    Sky Guest

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    Sky wrote:
    >
    > Sqwertz wrote:
    > >
    > > On Tue, 08 Sep 2009 22:00:55 -0500, Sky wrote:
    > >
    > > > I've noticed the cicadas' "symphony" in landlocked Illinois seems to
    > > > have definitely increased its decibal levels this summer season <G>.
    > > >
    > > > Sky, who'd rather have geckos than spiders!

    > >
    > > We have "Giant Cicadas" that have just started re-appearing in
    > > Central Texas after an 80 year hiatus.
    > >
    > > You have *not* heard a cicada until you've heard these things. Each
    > > year we keep getting more and more of them. Still, the majority of
    > > the population hasn't had the pleasure of actually hearing them
    > > often enough to wonder WTF it was.
    > >
    > > I first heard them this year and started asking around what that
    > > awful sound was. It was heard convincing me that this sound came
    > > from anything smaller than a teradactyl.
    > >
    > > <http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/external_news/2006/07/giantcicada072306.html>
    > >
    > > -sw

    >
    > The cicadas I hear are so loud I sometimes want to close my windows!!!
    > And this summer has been quite peculiar -- so cool there've been more
    > days without air-conditioning than with! I dunno which 'variety' of
    > cicadas are around here, but thier molted shells (OK, exoskeletons on
    > tree trunks) are definitely more than 1" long and then some!
    >
    > Sky



    WOW - those cicada critters in your neck of the woods definitely sound a
    lot different than the "regg'ler" ones around about "chere" ;D I just
    listened to a ".wav" file on one of the links from the Texas State
    website listed above for those cicadas you described in Texas.
    Definitely not the same creatures I hear!

    Sky, who appreciates the Symphonic and Cacophonic Sounds of Summer!

    --
    Ultra Ultimate Kitchen Rule - Use the Timer!
    Ultimate Kitchen Rule -- Cook's Choice!!

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    Pete C. Guest

    Default Re: & Cicadas Re: geckos


    Sqwertz wrote:
    >
    > On Tue, 08 Sep 2009 22:00:55 -0500, Sky wrote:
    >
    > > I've noticed the cicadas' "symphony" in landlocked Illinois seems to
    > > have definitely increased its decibal levels this summer season <G>.
    > >
    > > Sky, who'd rather have geckos than spiders!

    >
    > We have "Giant Cicadas" that have just started re-appearing in
    > Central Texas after an 80 year hiatus.
    >
    > You have *not* heard a cicada until you've heard these things. Each
    > year we keep getting more and more of them. Still, the majority of
    > the population hasn't had the pleasure of actually hearing them
    > often enough to wonder WTF it was.
    >
    > I first heard them this year and started asking around what that
    > awful sound was. It was heard convincing me that this sound came
    > from anything smaller than a teradactyl.
    >
    > <http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/external_news/2006/07/giantcicada072306.html>
    >
    > -sw


    Their range map is *way* off. I've had thousands of those things up here
    around 60 miles north of Dallas this year and they're damned annoying,
    particularly since they can't fly worth a damn and pack quite a whallop
    when they crash into you while you are trying to mow the lawn. Having
    them crashing into the side of my new truck is irritating as well. The
    only good thing is they seem to have a very short life span.

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    Pete C. Guest

    Default Re: & Cicadas Re: geckos


    Sky wrote:
    >
    > Sky wrote:
    > >
    > > Sqwertz wrote:
    > > >
    > > > On Tue, 08 Sep 2009 22:00:55 -0500, Sky wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > I've noticed the cicadas' "symphony" in landlocked Illinois seems to
    > > > > have definitely increased its decibal levels this summer season <G>.
    > > > >
    > > > > Sky, who'd rather have geckos than spiders!
    > > >
    > > > We have "Giant Cicadas" that have just started re-appearing in
    > > > Central Texas after an 80 year hiatus.
    > > >
    > > > You have *not* heard a cicada until you've heard these things. Each
    > > > year we keep getting more and more of them. Still, the majority of
    > > > the population hasn't had the pleasure of actually hearing them
    > > > often enough to wonder WTF it was.
    > > >
    > > > I first heard them this year and started asking around what that
    > > > awful sound was. It was heard convincing me that this sound came
    > > > from anything smaller than a teradactyl.
    > > >
    > > > <http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/external_news/2006/07/giantcicada072306.html>
    > > >
    > > > -sw

    > >
    > > The cicadas I hear are so loud I sometimes want to close my windows!!!
    > > And this summer has been quite peculiar -- so cool there've been more
    > > days without air-conditioning than with! I dunno which 'variety' of
    > > cicadas are around here, but thier molted shells (OK, exoskeletons on
    > > tree trunks) are definitely more than 1" long and then some!
    > >
    > > Sky

    >
    > WOW - those cicada critters in your neck of the woods definitely sound a
    > lot different than the "regg'ler" ones around about "chere" ;D I just
    > listened to a ".wav" file on one of the links from the Texas State
    > website listed above for those cicadas you described in Texas.
    > Definitely not the same creatures I hear!
    >
    > Sky, who appreciates the Symphonic and Cacophonic Sounds of Summer!
    >
    > --
    > Ultra Ultimate Kitchen Rule - Use the Timer!
    > Ultimate Kitchen Rule -- Cook's Choice!!


    Dunno, the WAV sounds pretty much like what we had up here, but since
    they seem to have died off, I can't directly compare. Certainly the
    overall size and appearance matches as the dead were on my driveway
    daily as well as in my gutters when I was cleaning them out and they
    were better than 2" overall length.

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    ViLco Guest

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    Sky wrote:

    > The cicadas I hear are so loud I sometimes want to close my windows!!!


    Same as here, very very noisy.

    > And this summer has been quite peculiar -- so cool there've been more
    > days without air-conditioning than with!


    Here it's been the 2nd hottest summer in 180 years, the hottest being 2003.
    But 2003 was very hot even before the start, in May, while this year the hot
    days have been late, from july to august. Anyway, this cool september is
    really welcome.
    --
    Vilco
    Mai guardare Trailer park Boys senza
    qualcosa da bere a portata di mano




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    jmcquown Guest

    Default Re: geckos

    "modom (palindrome guy)" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > Warm night in Cow Hill. The geckos, backlit on the front porch screen,
    > look like mutant quadruped anchovies.
    > --
    >
    > modom




    Don't really have geckos down here in SC but we do have anoles. They've
    been conspicuously absent this summer but are starting to come back. My cat
    was leaping at the back door when she spotted one on the screen this
    afternoon.

    They are smaller lizards, and the males (when they're doing that mating
    thing, heheh) look like this:

    http://www.hscbemidji.org/images/green%20anole.jpg

    Jill


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    Becca Guest

    Default Re: & Cicadas Re: geckos

    Jackson, the cat, dragged a cicada into the house and he was "hiding"
    under the dining room table. We couldn't get that thing out of the house
    fast enough. He was holding it in his mouth and it looked as big as
    Jackson's head. It was so incredibly loud. OMG, it was just terrible.


    Becca

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    blake murphy Guest

    Default Re: & Cicadas Re: geckos

    On Tue, 8 Sep 2009 22:14:50 -0500, Sqwertz wrote:

    > On Tue, 08 Sep 2009 22:00:55 -0500, Sky wrote:
    >
    >> I've noticed the cicadas' "symphony" in landlocked Illinois seems to
    >> have definitely increased its decibal levels this summer season <G>.
    >>
    >> Sky, who'd rather have geckos than spiders!

    >
    > We have "Giant Cicadas" that have just started re-appearing in
    > Central Texas after an 80 year hiatus.
    >
    > You have *not* heard a cicada until you've heard these things. Each
    > year we keep getting more and more of them. Still, the majority of
    > the population hasn't had the pleasure of actually hearing them
    > often enough to wonder WTF it was.
    >
    > I first heard them this year and started asking around what that
    > awful sound was. It was heard convincing me that this sound came
    > from anything smaller than a teradactyl.
    >
    > <http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/external_news/2006/07/giantcicada072306.html>
    >
    > -sw


    that's a petty impressive sound:

    <http://www.texasento.net/Cicada.htm#Sound>

    your pal,
    blake

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    Pete C. Guest

    Default Re: & Cicadas Re: geckos


    blake murphy wrote:
    >
    > On Tue, 8 Sep 2009 22:14:50 -0500, Sqwertz wrote:
    >
    > > On Tue, 08 Sep 2009 22:00:55 -0500, Sky wrote:
    > >
    > >> I've noticed the cicadas' "symphony" in landlocked Illinois seems to
    > >> have definitely increased its decibal levels this summer season <G>.
    > >>
    > >> Sky, who'd rather have geckos than spiders!

    > >
    > > We have "Giant Cicadas" that have just started re-appearing in
    > > Central Texas after an 80 year hiatus.
    > >
    > > You have *not* heard a cicada until you've heard these things. Each
    > > year we keep getting more and more of them. Still, the majority of
    > > the population hasn't had the pleasure of actually hearing them
    > > often enough to wonder WTF it was.
    > >
    > > I first heard them this year and started asking around what that
    > > awful sound was. It was heard convincing me that this sound came
    > > from anything smaller than a teradactyl.
    > >
    > > <http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/external_news/2006/07/giantcicada072306.html>
    > >
    > > -sw

    >
    > that's a petty impressive sound:
    >
    > <http://www.texasento.net/Cicada.htm#Sound>
    >
    > your pal,
    > blake


    The amount of energy required to produce that sound probably explains
    their really short life span.

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    skeeter Guest

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    "blake murphy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:wzqiqpetihwv$.1tf5n2grp5jr0$.[email protected]. .
    > On Tue, 8 Sep 2009 22:14:50 -0500, Sqwertz wrote:
    >
    >> On Tue, 08 Sep 2009 22:00:55 -0500, Sky wrote:
    >>
    >>> I've noticed the cicadas' "symphony" in landlocked Illinois seems to
    >>> have definitely increased its decibal levels this summer season <G>.
    >>>
    >>> Sky, who'd rather have geckos than spiders!

    >>
    >> We have "Giant Cicadas" that have just started re-appearing in
    >> Central Texas after an 80 year hiatus.
    >>
    >> You have *not* heard a cicada until you've heard these things. Each
    >> year we keep getting more and more of them. Still, the majority of
    >> the population hasn't had the pleasure of actually hearing them
    >> often enough to wonder WTF it was.
    >>
    >> I first heard them this year and started asking around what that
    >> awful sound was. It was heard convincing me that this sound came
    >> from anything smaller than a teradactyl.
    >>
    >> <http://www.txstate.edu/news/news_releases/external_news/2006/07/giantcicada072306.html>
    >>
    >> -sw

    >
    > that's a petty impressive sound:
    >
    > <http://www.texasento.net/Cicada.htm#Sound>
    >
    > your pal,
    > blake


    impressive? that would drive me bat ****.


  18. #18
    Arri London Guest

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    "modom (palindrome guy)" wrote:
    >
    > Warm night in Cow Hill. The geckos, backlit on the front porch screen,
    > look like mutant quadruped anchovies.
    > --
    >
    > modom


    LOL! Rarely see our geckos/blue tailed lizards. But step outside and
    there is a lot of scurrying into the underbrush.

  19. #19
    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Tue, 08 Sep 2009 23:33:02 -0500, Pete C. wrote:

    > Their range map is *way* off. I've had thousands of those things up here
    > around 60 miles north of Dallas this year and they're damned annoying,
    > particularly since they can't fly worth a damn and pack quite a whallop
    > when they crash into you while you are trying to mow the lawn. Having
    > them crashing into the side of my new truck is irritating as well. The
    > only good thing is they seem to have a very short life span.


    The bug huggers and professional entomologists are monitoring the
    spread of these things pretty closely. I'd be surprised if they
    (the bugs) occupied your area without their knowing. A single bug
    can be heard 3 miles away on a quest night.

    I had one go off within 100 yards of me and it was pretty damn
    freaky. I thought some big-ass bird was going to come down and
    scoop me off the ground and take me to it's nest high in the misty
    cliffs 400 miles away and feed me to its hatchlings (amazing what
    your mind can think up in a split-second of fear, eh?).

    Also note that these guys move after every 6-9 second report. But
    that may be only in the less densely populated areas.

    -sw

  20. #20
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: & Cicadas Re: geckos

    On Wed, 9 Sep 2009 20:21:30 -0500, Sqwertz wrote:

    > Also note that these guys move after every 6-9 second report. But
    > that may be only in the less densely populated areas.


    The usual pattern is 3 cries, each about 7 seconds long, and then it
    moves on. If you're not within 500 yards, all you hear is the
    screeching "WHEEEEEE!" sound, not the clicking.

    -sw

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