Saturday, October 16, 2010

Team Gecko

I just read tonight a claim that the Asian House Geckos are the most invasive reptiles in the world and now has the widest range of any lizard in the world. That's amazing. And most people do not realise that the "chuck, chuck, chucking" of the gecko on their verandah is actually the sound of an invasive pest.

Well, the good news is that a few CIA volunteers have started a small group to start investigating how big a problem it is, if there are any control measures and whether this would be effective at all. Once this has occured, we can look at whether we need to do any education on the issue and whether control is an option.

At the very minimum, it seems we are at the bottom end of the distribution of this pest and at least monitoring and reporting our sightings could be beneficial. Go the CIA Team Gecko!!