Tuko: Capture and release


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A morning surprise. The “tuko” has eluded me for years. Now I come face to face with one. I asked Gloria to film me catching it. Her excuse, “I was too busy being scared!” LOL
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22 comments

  1. I stepped on a big one in the dark. Just lightly. He felt like velvet on my foot. I’d rather have Tuko than roaches, so we get along ok πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

  2. ok Bud my wife knew the answer Toko Tagalog and in Bisaya it’s Tiki so you just put a i in place of the o they keep me awake at night those lizards but now we have screens its not coming in side one night i woke up with one half way in my lover window scared me to death then i closed the window it was squashed a bit but it backed out thank god it was about 12inches long the biggest i have seen there was in our old house in Punta Nailon Northern Cebu

  3. Wife and co-madres all told me of them ‘sticking to you’ if they jump on you. That was when one first moved in with us for a lengthy stay. We didn’t really have any problem with him hanging around and eating large insects, except for the untimely mating or territorial calls.

  4. In Thailand they are called “Tuk-kaa” because of the call they make. I was told that if you have one resident in your house in the Philippines, you are considered a lucky household.

  5. One lived outside of Paul’s old apartment…..I could hear it from my place, and would wake me up at night…….I also heard they would stick to you, so I always had plans to jump in the pool if it did.🀣

  6. When we moved into our new, unfinished house, we found that an insect named a Gomo-Gomu, a type of flying ant, were able to come into our house and were flying all around the lights in the house. We then found a large Gecko was sitting in a recessed light, stuffing itself on those insects. It was white with red spots on it, which I found was a Leopard Gecko. Beautiful creature, Geckos are very beneficial, eats lots of insects. They are welcome in our home. We named our home, “Casa De Geckos”.

  7. I heard the tuko while staying at the home of my wife’s cousin in Zarraga, a few miles out of Iloilo. I didn’t see it, but one was in her house and bit her while she was trying to chase it out.

  8. According to my wife it’s bad luck to hurt a tuko. In my wife’s old family home where we had stayed for a while I had actually befriended a tuko sho would come to the table and eat rice from my hand. It was a young one. They liked them because they helped to keep the bugs down. So they never chased them out of the house just cleaned up after them. They also told the kids not to touch them because they would stick. God bless and stay safe.

  9. Lol I haven’t ran into a Tuko lots of geckos but the funny thing was when Gloria said get the spray. My GF is deathly scared of roaches as soon as she sees one she screams and says get the spray, GET THE SPRAY, consequently I call her the Baygon queen then.

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