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Old 09-11-2011, 10:53 AM   #1
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Default What are these Gecko/Salamander things all over Pensacola?

I keep seeing either some kind of gecko or Salamander on our back porch or front of the house. I need to know what they are, because my dogs were playing with one this morning and not sure if they are poisonous or what.

can anyone help? it was a gray color, but i think it could change colors, not sure. it was about 3 inches long, when i tried to pick it up the tail snapped off, but started moving all by itself.

Not sure if it was dead, since the tail was moving back and forth in my hand, so i got a plastic bag and picked up the body and then put it in the trash can outside. i can fish him out and take a picture if necessary.

Mainly just want to know what species it could be and if its harmful to my dogs.

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Old 09-11-2011, 11:09 AM   #2
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If it's these in the first pic http://www.google.com/search?q=flori...g&ved=0CBYQsAQ
They are harmless my 4yo catchs them every night
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They are a most likely common house geckos and they are not harmful to your dogs. We have them by the 100's here and my dogs chase the all around the yard. They are pinkish tan and I'll see them often at night around the light fixtures outside looking for insects.

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harmless, eat skeeters too im sure
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They are a most likely common house geckos and they are not harmful to your dogs. We have them by the 100's here and my dogs chase the all around the yard. They are pinkish tan and I'll see them often at night around the light fixtures outside looking for insects.

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That's the ones we have I spend many hours a week helping my little one try to reach them he can't pass up a lizard or frog or bug without trying to catch it
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Mediterranean Gecko, Hemidactylus turcicus thought to have arrived via ships into port of New Orleans, pretty widespread now.
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They are a most likely common house geckos and they are not harmful to your dogs. We have them by the 100's here and my dogs chase the all around the yard. They are pinkish tan and I'll see them often at night around the light fixtures outside looking for insects.

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Yeah it kinda looked like that but more of a gray tone. thanks for the help, never really see these in Atlanta Area.
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