September 30, 2010

Greed is Good

Yesterday, Mr. T and I went to the bug store and bought more crickets.

Crickets officially creep me out. We asked for 24, but we think the guy just scooped up a handful and put them in, probably giving us 35 to 40.

There they were, in the cricket container, crawling all over each other and I realized that the difference between those little roaches (German roaches?) and crickets are that crickets have the ability to hop.

That's it.

It's like that difference between the rat and the squirrel, the squirrel has better clothes. The difference between roaches and crickets are crickets hop.

Crickets completely SKEEVE ME OUT. Gah! *shudder*

I said to the woman at the check out, "Crickets are nasty. They remind me of those little roaches..."

To which she replied, "You know we JUST started to carry those little roaches?"

I stared at her with an expression of revulsion and said, "NO! What in the WORLD eat THOSE?"

And she shook her head, without a clue. I wanted to run out of the store.

We got home, and Mr. T dumped about 24 of the crickets in the cage with the ghecko where he promptly ate ALL OF THEM but maybe eight and as of this evening, there are three or four remaining, with 10 more still in the cricket cage.

We have some theories. Mine is that we have a Non-Purging Bulimic Ghecko... he only does the Binging section of Bulimia. Essentially, I think we have a Ghecko with an eating disorder.

Mr. T thinks that he's bored. There's nothing to do, all these hopping roaches crickets all over so he eats for sport.

Ringo thinks... he eats because all the crickets piss him off. They're hopping all over his cage, on him, in his space, all over and so he eats them just to make them go away.

Peace and Quiet.

Dang. Can you imagine if humans were like that, eating the people who piss them off or bug the stew out of them?

That would have been the end of the human race. They'd have eaten their young. For sure.

More to come. For sure.

(Yes, I'm becoming more obscure in my choice of titles for posts dealing with this topic...)

Posted by Boudicca at September 30, 2010 09:25 PM

I think your lizard has a normal appetite for his type; his owners were keeping him slightly starved. You're going to send him back a very happy and slightly fatter gecko.

Posted by: Carl Brannen at September 30, 2010 10:31 PM

"Ringo thinks... he eats because all the crickets piss him off. They're hopping all over his cage..."

If I were a smart man, I might infer some sort of Freudian meaning in this being uttered by the eldest child....

Just saying...


Posted by: P'cola Titan at September 30, 2010 10:39 PM

...was going to write something about the non-purging bulimic ghecko, but can't think of anything now but tanks teeming with roaches.

Roaches trump crickets on the nasty scale any day of the week! [shudder]

Posted by: pam at October 1, 2010 08:30 AM

I've enjoyed reading all your gecko notes, they crack me up.

I agree with Pam, that roaches are MUCH worse than mere crickets.

I'd happily kill them to shut them up, but EAT them? No bleeping way.....

Posted by: George P at October 1, 2010 09:39 AM

Does anyone at the store you are getting the crickets from have anything to say about the ghecko's eating activities? As long as he seems healthy even with the's probably OK. But it would be interesting to find out what they normally eat.

Posted by: Kris, in New England at October 1, 2010 12:41 PM

(Totally O/T, but.....INTERCEPTION IN THE END ZONE!!!!)

Posted by: Mrs. Who at October 2, 2010 07:34 PM

I can just picture you hollering at the gecko: "Crickets are for closers!"

Posted by: zonker at October 3, 2010 03:22 AM