Blogging Breather: Tokay Gecko Chiang Mai Thailand

  March 8, 2018 travel posts 🕑 3 minutes read

Tokay Gecko in Chiang Mai, Thailand. First sighting of the season.


FU Lizard?


I don’t think so.


Frankly, I’m offended.


Why would a Guardian of the House get labeled as the FU Lizard?


In truth; the Tokay gecko I saw on the roof last night – for the first time during our current trip – belts out a loud, fascinating call. Thought Tokay calls were bird calls for 2 years in Southeast Asia before getting the 411. Seriously. I’d hear a bizarre, but melodic call throughout the night. 8 PM. 2 AM. The Witching Hour. I had no clue in hell what creature uttered such calls. I figured it for a jungle bird. Whatever that means.


People call these guys the FU Lizard because the sound and tempo of its call sounds a bit like the potty-mouffed, salty language, foul salute.


You guessed it guys. This post is another blogging breather, showing you the other side of Blogging From Paradise.


Tokay Gecko


Eyes like Satan’s Little Helper.


Dinosaur like bright red dots on its scales.


A pit bull head.


Jaws of death.


Lightning fast scampering, sounding not unlike an elephant break dancing on the roof.


See those cute, sticky feet? Tokays have nature’s glue on those suckers, sprinting upside down on walls at alarming speed.


The Tokay is the Guardian of the Home in Thailand.


These large lizards – that grow up to 13 inches – are a familiar site in Southeast Asia. Kelli and I have seen ’em in every Southeast Asian land. Especially because these guys are the rare large creature preferring to live inside of homes. Or within roofs.


Last night I heard a loud bang on the roof here in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Either a snake, rat or our beloved Tokay. I hadn’t seem the chap – or chapette – for the first 5 weeks here but heard said chap/chapette call frequently over the past week.


I grabbed the camera, turned on the flash and snapped this featured image before a mini thunderstorm blew through. Said storm being the first few drops of rain in many months.


Oh yeah; the Guardian thing.


Tokays are ferocious predators. I liken these lizards to being little crocodiles, eating virtually anything around its size or smaller.


I have even seen videos and images of Tokays smashing, killing and eating huge, vicious Scolopendra centipedes like the one I evicted from this very house last year.


The House Crocs eat:


  • roaches
  • centipedes
  • scorpions
  • spiders
  • moths
  • pretty much anything not tied down or bigger than themselves


Travelers often note after going to bed with one eye open due to large spiders being afoot, how on waking, a few spider legs are all that’s left of the sucker. Tokays are no joke.


Thai consider it good luck to have a Tokay gecko in the home. So do I. Considering the venomous insects and big moths demolished by these big lizards, I’d nod in agreement.


Some TG’s casually waltz inside of homes. Dem’s good eats by fluorescent lights. Moths. Bugs. I recall a Tokay feeding frenzy in 2012. Kelli and I mistakenly left the door open in Bali after the first heavy rains of monsoon season. Thousands of winged termites flooded the home. Tokay feeding binge. High protein. Me swinging around a broom to find a path through the room. Kelli a wee bit upset.


Have you ever seen a Tokay gecko during your Southeast Asian travels?


Feel free to share pictures in the comments section below.


Are you scared of these hefty chaps?


Or do you love Tokays?

  1. Rhonda Albom says:
    at 7:20 am

    Hi Ryan. I think the house gecko is awesome. I’d expect lots of entertainment watching the gecko going after all the creepy crawlies but it sounds like they prefer to do their eating in private. Too bad, I like to see the native wildlife in action.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:00 am

      I have only seen these guys feast once; a winged termite frenzy in Bali. Save that, totally private eaters Rhonda.