Gecko tail update

In the prior post, I predicted the gecko’s dropped tail would be stripped to bone by the end of the day. I forgot to check that night, but fortunately remembered the next morning.

I say fortunate because that was the morning our housekeeper makes her weekly visit, and I neglected to tell her not to clean up the bone on the veranda. (She’s used to such bizarre requests. For eight weeks I wouldn’t let her suck a spider web down the vacuum cleaner because I was feeding the spider. The week that spider finally expired was one of the happiest our poor housekeeper has ever experienced. She was positively jubilant sucking that dusty web away.)

Sure enough, when I got back home after teaching my Pilates class, the bone was long gone and the veranda was tidy. D’oh! I wanted to look at it with my wife’s geological loupe — I’ve never seen vertebrae that tiny.

But I did snap a photo before leaving for class, so with a little cropping and magnification, here is what a dropped gecko tail looks like after 36 hours.

Ants are efficient.

Gecko tail 2


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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6 Responses to Gecko tail update

  1. Alma says:

    Wow, that is impressive and so pretty! Also, I feel for Piedade… being a housekeeper would suit those tidy-minded people who dislike seeing animals and bits thereof in places they “shouldn’t be”… πŸ˜€

  2. Linda says:

    Hahaha. Impressive indeed πŸ™‚ We’ve got two salamanders of some sort swimming in our tiny little pond in the back yard at the moment. Intriguing creatures. Me and my wife love spiders and their webs. Sometimes we take the back door because the spider web created at the front door is just too beautiful to disturb. At our 8th aniversary (13 years ago) we had a big party. People want to give something, so we asked for money (as in energy) and asked an artist friend of ours to create a glass in lead ornament of a spider (grandmother, weaver of the web of life) for our window. It’s still there and the light shining through her amazes and uplifts me every morning. If you care to see it, it could send you a pic by mail.

    Have a lovely weekend!
    Warm greetings from the lowlands

  3. Cwhite says:

    I have just seen an amazing picture that is absolutely captivating. Google Daily Telegraph picture of the day, 1st September 2017. When I looked for other pics by the photographer I found lots in a similar vein.

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