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11. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 9y

Quoting samsara2

Someone, maybe it was Hien, was telling me about kamikase geckos in Malaysia that just go for your face when the light is turned out, but when you turn the light on they are nowhere to be seen. :(:(

PLease someone tell me I was being wound up!

No youre not... sadly.....

i hate it when they drop on me and then they get all panicky and clingy when you freak out and try to brush them off... i had this one that dropped on me in the shower at some Kuching guesthouse. not a good experience.

and i have frog phobia, whatever the medical name for it is. Anyone knows? so Mel that story about the metamorphic soap bar is probably going to cause some nightmares....

12. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

I dont have to go far to meet exotic kritters
In my bathroom lives a frog,most time in the tube from the shower how goes to the garden,so he /she has free access to come and go.If I use to much champoo I hear "Prince"making blubber,blubber noices.
In Bed and Bathroom I have some Tutekis,a kind of Geckos,the hide during the day,but in the night the catch moskitos.
sometimes I find Hermit crabs walking trough the house in the evening hours,a while ago I had a big land crab in the kitchen,almost stept on her in the dark and not waering shoes...
I got stung several times by scorpions,steppt on them in the wrong directionGarlic helps to take the pain away,it is not to bad anyway.
Have also the Iguana family living under the roof,sometimes it sounds like a horse race is going up there.
Marlis:)

13. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Samsara, the lizards in Thailand stayed on the wall most of the time eating mosquitos

Once I left my bag on the table of a cafe. When I came back for it it was hopping up and down. Even the Thai waiter seemed apprehensive about investigating. There was a lizard inside.

Kombizz, is a plastik capsul like a big condom, that u put your whole body in?

Itinerant, I thought Asians are completely fearless about all those creatures. When we had really scary ones, in our bathroom, we ran to the Thai guy who worked in the cafe to sort it.

Marlis, do u live in the jungle? Can one ignore scorpions? There were a couple in the bathroom of the guy in the hut next to us. The Thai cafe guy killed them. I dont know if they harmlessly stay in a corner or come out and bite, when one is in the shower.

14. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

Hi Mel,
yes I live in a kind of junglebut this is not the norm here,it is my own will.
I like animals,so my garden is not "vacuum clean",I let the bushes and trees grow and this is nice for the birds and Iguanas,Lizzards,Geckos,Frogs and from time to time some scorpions.Mostly they hide underneath stones or old pieces of wood,but they like bathrooms.The type we have(about 5 cm long) is not realle dangerous,it is not more then if you got a sting from a bee or wasp.Forgott almost, they like to hide in shoes,so shake your shoes before you put them on.Oh,and they carry the babys on there back(100 or more)looking like a mini turtle,but this I saw only ones,very interesting to see befor I tried to kill them

Marlis:)

15. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Did u always live there Marlis?

16. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

No,I live since 17 years here on Bonaire and I love it 100%
and believe me ,not everybody lives the way I do with all the zoo around me
If you look at my profil there is more about me ;)
sunny greetings from Bonaire,
Marlis

17. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting opospa

as for cockroaches, i will just step on them,...i hate that creature....

I was always taught not to step on cockroaches, because they carry their eggs on their backs and when you step on them, you end up spreading these eggs all through your house. In the Solomons we used to have cockroach traps in our bathroom. Those things were cool!! You'd wake up and check the trap to find literally a hundred of the critters crawling around in there!! Then you'd sink the thing in some water.

I grew up more or less in the jungle, and maybe that's why I don't tend to scare easy. I'm no fan of snakes, but that is only because I'm cautious of anything that can kill you with a bite. If it's the non poisonous variety I'd have no problems trying to catch it

Speaking of leeches. My one experience with them is hiking in some rainforests in Australia. They were EVERYWHERE!! Half our group was really petrified of them, but there really wasn't much you could do to stop them. I had a small hole in my shoe and when I took off my shoes that evening there were probably a dozen of the little suckers sitting in between my toes. The worst part with the leeches was a few days later when all your bites started itching!! Check out the blood on my pants after a 2 day hike! I ended up also being the designated leech remover of our group, with regular stops to remove leeches from 2 or 3 of the girls in the group, hahaha. At night in the tent I found a massive one on my neck. It had managed to become the size of my thumb while I was asleep for a few hours; nice!!

flynn, that frog story caused some cringing

18. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

SOMEBODY MAKE HIM STOP!!!

19. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 9y

Ev, my advice is don't think about any creepy creatures before you encounter them. I'm pretty good now in ignoring that noise in the corner in the middle of the night and just wrap myself tighter in my moscito net. Once though I shared a shower with a frog, he was harmless, just staring, ;). The other time I was in a hut in Mexico and the cockroaches where freaking me out, because I thought they were running over my face. Ended up, hanging up my hammock and slepping in there peacefully for the rest of the night. So bring the hammock .

Steff

20. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

Quoting steff

Once though I shared a shower with a frog, he was harmless, just staring, ;). Steff

which left the frog spell bound in admiration;)