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 Post subject: Gecko: Bibron's thicktoed
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Are these Bibron's thicktoed geckos? Seen in KTP in February 2010.

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And any idea what the little black bettle might be?

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 Post subject: Re: ID help needed for lizard
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Id agree with the ID, the beetle looks like a type of dung beetle?!

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 Post subject: Re: ID help needed for lizard
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Thanks, RJ 8) As for the possible dung beetle, wonder why would it be in the chalet (or on the deck) at Urikaruus? :hmz:

Also, would the gecko eat it?

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 Post subject: Re: ID help needed for lizard
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Pleasure, the beetle may have been attracted to the lights?! The gecko might choose it as a prey item, but would much prefer softer bodied insects like moths, that also are attracted to the lights.

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 Post subject: Re: ID help needed for lizard
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Pleasure, the beetle may have been attracted to the lights?! The gecko might choose it as a prey item, but would much prefer softer bodied insects like moths, that also are attracted to the lights.

Do dung bettles fly? Because the decks at Urikaruus are quite high off the ground.

The geckos had quite a feast on the mesh windows of my tent at KTC — all manner of moths and I later discovered (from an entemologist I met in Darling) that those gorgeous huge critters that look like big dragonflies with trsnlucent black and silvery wings but only come out at night are ant lions?!? The geckos feasted on those! Wish I'd been able to get some pix of them, as I think they are gorgeous, and of the geckos feasting on them — you could actually hear the crunch when a gecko caught one of those big critters :shock: — but the outside of those windows was high off the ground, so totally inaccessible :wall: :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: ID help needed for lizard
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Yes, most species do in fact fly arks, but there are those that don't for instance the Addo flightless dung beetle! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: ID help needed for lizard
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Thanks, PL. There's LOTS that I don't know about insects :redface:

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 Post subject: Re: ID help needed for lizard
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Even people who study insects, know little about insects (as a whole) :lol: They are just too complicated and diverse....So no need to :redface: :twisted:

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