This morning, I did my good deed for the day. I was outside watering my plants and I must have startled this little Gecko. He ran into my garage and into a glue trap I used to trap bugs so I don’t have a Scorpion problem. I walked by and heard the trap moving. When I looked down and saw the tail stuck between two traps, I got scared because I thought it was a snake. Once I figured out it was a Gecko, I set out to try and save it.
I grabbed some gloves and managed to separate the tail from the second trap (Those glue traps are really sticky!). When I opened the first trap, he looked bigger than I thought and I had some fear in touching him. Luckily, the neighbor was out watering their plants and were not afraid of Geckos. They came over to help me get the lizard loose.
At first the Gecko was squirming but once it realized what the neighbor was trying to do, it got really still. Once he was free and set back on the ground, he took off like a flash!
I am glad he is free but it made me realize something about fear. Fear makes a person do something they wouldn’t normally do. In my case, I was so afraid, I almost left that lizard there. But there was a part of my brain telling me I couldn’t do that, and it was right. If I would have left that lizard there to die, it would have bothered me forever. The fact that there was someone to help me, and my brain overcame my fear, this little guy gets to move on and do whatever he was set out to do.
Geckos are really good for Arizona. They help keep the Scorpion population down by eating Scorpions and all the bugs. I hope this Gecko will find a comfortable spot in a yard where he can do his job and keep everything in balance.