As usual, my animal-lover boyfriend found this little creature at work. During the day I received an excited text from him stating that he found one of those bright green lizard things. I didn’t think much of it because he usually finds animals and is a very curious person naturally. When I came home I noticed a large, clear, empty juice jug sitting on my kitchen table. Inside the jug there was something moving around and yes, it was this little guy. I inspected it from the outside and noticed that it was very different from the lizards and geckos I frequently see all over Guam. For one, the intense, bright green color was unlike anything I’d ever seen and its feet had, what looked like, claws. Peter took his jug outside and let it crawl out, and guess what…the little creature was very calm and didn’t run away! It just walked out and stayed put! He didn’t seem scared or scurry away like geckos. I was warming up to him. We put him back in the jug and decided to do some research on him. We originally thought he was some kind of Chameleon because he could change colors depending on his environment (brown to green). This is when we found out that he is a Green Anole and very fragile. Even though he seemed calm and possibly like a good pet, what we read told us that he took a lot of care and could die easily. I don’t see these very often, but when I do they are very eye catching. They seem much smarter and more curious than geckos or lizards. Knowing that he’d most likely die if we kept him, we set him free in the jungle near our home!
Hi all! As I mentioned in my birthday blog post (My Birthday) I was able to go dolphin watching! Here’s a video I shot that day, oh and also please note, I have a new YouTube channel so please subscribe!
A really long time ago my dad found a fat toad in our back yard. It had dug a hole and occasionally came out, which is how my dad found it. He scooped it up with his shovel and put him in the alley where there were bushes and grass. That’s the first and last time I saw a toad…until I moved to Guam.
Walking down the streets of Tumon, especially after it has rained, frogs sit along the grass. Most of the time I can’t see them because they sit so still and look like rocks. Sometimes one will be sitting in front of my door and not move, not even when I try to open the door! It just freezes and acts like I can’t see it. This is probably why there are so many dead, flattened frogs in the road.
How could I NOT do a blog post about the cutest of all creatures on Guam…the GECKO! These little guys are abundant all over the island. Initially, I thought I would be purely horrified at the sight of them, but no, I was not afraid of them at all! My fear was at ease partially due to the stories my sister used to write for me when I was a kid about me and my pet gecko, and partially because they are more afraid of me than I of them.
Now, don’t get these confused with lizzards. Geckos have sticky feet and can climb walls and are a lot smaller. They make this really strange noise that I can’t even begin to describe, but it has become normal to me as cricket noises were back in The States. Geckos often get inside and can sometimes be a bit annoying when they leave their mess in hard to reach places.
They eat bugs mostly and can change color depending on their surroundings. The cutest thing I think are baby geckos, which are no bigger than half of my pinky!
There aren’t too many animals on Guam to be feared and probably nothing dangerous, BUT this GIANT spider was waiting for me one evening when I got home from bowling and I was terrified. I walked into the bathroom to wash my hands in the sink, whilst having a conversation with Peter when, “AHHHHHHHHHHHHHhh!!!!” This monster was sitting in the sink! Peter and I saw it at the same time, he grabbed me and we ran out of the bathroom. It is the biggest spider I’ve ever seen outside of a zoo. We then planned how and what we were going to do to remove it from our home. First we thought we’d spray it with raid, then maybe try to smash it with a shoe, then we finally settled on somehow picking it up and flushing it down the toilet. I’d heard that these spiders were fast and could jump, so I was afraid that it might try something tricky. I think it was nearly dead because it didn’t move much when Peter picked it up in a shoe box and dumped it in the toilet. Down it went. I’m not completely sure, but this might be a wolf spider. The photograph doesn’t even do it justice. It was about the size of my palm! Again, I was creeped out the rest of WEEK! I figured that it came in because it had been raining a lot that day. We will never know! Yuck.
One day Peter and I went for a walk and when we came back home THIS was sitting on our window ledge. A brown tree snake! I actually noticed it from a distance and froze in place, pointed and then screamed of course! I was yelling, “Can’t we call someone to get rid of it?!” and Peter replied, “Call who?!”
Apparently there are about 2 million of these creatures on the island! I’ve seen snakes before, on hikes and while camping, but NEVER had one waiting for me in front of my house!
Sadly (for the snake) we had to get rid of it and by we I mean Peter. There are traps for these snakes throughout the entire island. They are threatening to birds, including the ko’ko bird which is endemic to Guam. We live in Tumon on the main strip, so it was shocking to see something that I thought would only be in the jungle.
The rest of the evening I was freaked out and scared, imagining snakes sneaking in through the cracks and under the covers. I shudder just thinking about it!