View Full Version : My most intense rescue ever: House Gecko on a glue trap

08-10-2010, 10:59 AM
I went to the pet store to get some crickets, and I happened to look in the garbage pail for some strange reason. I felt compelled to. I saw some dead Goldfish, some aspen, etc etc. Then I saw a glue trap with some crickets on it. Then I saw a big House Gecko. I pointed it out to the employee, who said it was dead. I poked it, and it twitched! I told him about it, and he said that I will never get it out of the trap. I asked him if I could keep it, and he said yeah, go ahead. I got the trap home with the Gecko on it, put it on a snack tray in my room, and went to work. I used the dull end of a pocket knife blade to separate his skin from the glue, and the sharp end to cut the strings of glue that stretched from the paper to his skin.

And guess what?

And hour later, HE'S FREE:D

I'm soaking him in warm water to dissolve the tiny bit of glue residue off his belly and feet, and then I'll put him in a tank or something. One of his front feet, his toes are stuck together, and he lost some skin off one of his back legs, but otherwise, he looks GREAT, he's actually climbing up the container I'm soaking him in:D:D

08-10-2010, 11:01 AM
Next time, just put the trap in shallow warm water without drowning the lizard and you won't have to tear skin off.

Cool story though!

08-10-2010, 11:04 AM
Sweet story, you have a big heart.

08-10-2010, 11:10 AM
Glad to hear he's doing good AJ

08-10-2010, 11:11 AM
awesome story
how about some pics?

08-10-2010, 11:15 AM

thats incredible that you just happened to peek in the trash


give us some pics

08-10-2010, 11:17 AM
Very cool, good rescue efforts!

Pics please!

08-10-2010, 11:19 AM
Great save! :)

08-10-2010, 11:37 AM
Thanks everyone! I'll have pics up in a bit. He's still soaking the glue residue away, which seems to be working because his toes are unstuck. He also darkened his color to match the black tupperware he's soaking in, which I guess is a good sign :D

Knifegill - I did that, but unfortunetaly he was very, very stuck, in fact his skin was flush against the glue paper, so soaking him wouldn't have reached his legs. Also, at that point, he could barely lift his head from exhaustion, and I was afriad that soaking him would drown him.

08-10-2010, 12:28 PM
I'm pretty sure you can get them out much easier with vegetable oil. Nice save by the way.

08-10-2010, 12:32 PM
Knifegill - I did that, but unfortunetaly he was very, very stuck, in fact his skin was flush against the glue paper, so soaking him wouldn't have reached his legs. Also, at that point, he could barely lift his head from exhaustion, and I was afriad that soaking him would drown him. I see! Poor guy. Good save.

08-10-2010, 12:32 PM
the dude at your LFS sounds like an un compassionate jerk off, plz tell him i said so!

08-10-2010, 12:37 PM
Here are pictures of him during various stages of the rescue. This happened over about 45 minutes to an hour.

08-10-2010, 12:40 PM
After seeing those pics I know that the people at that LFS are total a$$holes.

But nice save!

08-10-2010, 12:41 PM
poor guy, good job on the save though

08-10-2010, 12:44 PM
congrats, I have heard that vinegar dissolves the glue, maybe give that a shot next time.

08-10-2010, 12:45 PM
Also, the darkening color could also be due to stress, geckos are usually very easy to over stress and kill so I would set up a nice quarantine enclosure for him and leave him be for a few days. No more pictures or handling.

08-10-2010, 12:47 PM
And here he is NOW:D

When I picked up the hide box to check on him (he can't climb yet, so I put in a hide box) he jumped up on my hand and just sat there staring at me:D

08-10-2010, 12:51 PM
Also, the darkening color could also be due to stress, geckos are usually very easy to over stress and kill so I would set up a nice quarantine enclosure for him and leave him be for a few days. No more pictures or handling.

lol Well of course he was stressed, he spent over 24 hours stuck to a glue trap and then over an hour being removed. But he didn't darken until he was over a dark surface. Oh well. I wasn't planning to handle him anyways, I don't handle any of my small Lizards except when moving to different enclosures. The pictures here were all taken as I was extracting him and/or moving him to his new enclosure. I'm not playing with him;)

08-10-2010, 12:54 PM
Nice Save. :)

Some good Karma for you.

08-10-2010, 12:55 PM
Guys, the LFS people actually did think he was dead, and the guy I talked to has attampeted to free trapped Lizards before to no avail. He looked overjoyed when I told him that the Gecko was alive and free. He just didn't have the Bottomfeeder touch :ROFL:

Camshaft Ramrod
08-10-2010, 12:59 PM
Good save dude. This happens at pet stores all the time. They cant use pesticides because of the animals. So roach stickies are scattered everywhere. Good thing you were there to help out. Whenever it happened to me, I would use veg oil. Ive pulled all sorts of reptiles off of roach pads. They're attracted to the crickets. I've even pulled off a few hamsters. Poor SOB's..

08-10-2010, 1:02 PM
nice save. i once saw a green anole stuck to one of the hanging fly traps that is like a cylender covered in flypaper, my mom told me their was no way for us to save him :( now i know we could of. good save hope he heals properly.

08-10-2010, 1:12 PM
Vegetable oil? I'll remember that!! I might end up doing this again, the pet store employee said it happens alot.

08-10-2010, 1:24 PM
good for you man!!
i actually like house geckos. never seen any on traps like that but i watched and anole walk into a bug zapper.

08-10-2010, 1:29 PM
good for you man!!
i actually like house geckos. never seen any on traps like that but i watched and anole walk into a bug zapper.

Oh man, I winced when I read that.

I love House Geckos too, I had one before but it was skinny when I got it and never really ate, so...

08-10-2010, 1:31 PM
Awesome save. Rubbing alchohol is the quickest way to remove the glue and it will also disinfect any wounds. It evaporates to quickly to be licked off by the animals, so it can't do any internal harm. (Vegetable oil / olive oil can both cause diarhea which leads to dehydration.) Vinegar is also another good one, but is not as effective as the alchohol.

08-10-2010, 1:33 PM
Bottomfeeder... that is RIGHTEOUS !!

Honestly. The fact that you not only rescued him from the trash.. but took the time an effort to remove him from the trap.. then being rewarded by having him come/jump to your hand.. is an award alone... thats truly amazing..

Good job :)


08-10-2010, 1:34 PM
Nice save!

Baby Oil works good too. I have resuced a kitten stuck on a glue trap before.

08-10-2010, 1:42 PM
Good job buddy! I'm glad you saw the lil guy in the trash :(

08-10-2010, 1:48 PM
I will be checking the garbage cans next time I'm at an LFS

08-10-2010, 1:56 PM
Thanks everyone! He's in the hide box right now, but before when I picked up the hide box to check on him, he was alert and healthy looking. Hopefully I'll get him eating soon. It would seem he's a pretty gluttonous eater, since he ran onto a glue trap after crickets, ahaha :D

08-10-2010, 2:26 PM
nice job

08-10-2010, 2:28 PM
Nice rescue! Hope he makes it! :)

08-10-2010, 2:53 PM
Congrats! Wishing you luck with him :)

08-10-2010, 4:23 PM
Thanks guys!

Update: He pooped... haha. It's solid, etc.
I washed his feet and belly off in veg oil to loosten up the glue so he can hopefully climb again.

08-10-2010, 5:00 PM
so cool. was the gecko wild or it got loose in the store?

08-10-2010, 5:16 PM
It escaped from its tank in the store. Up until whenever he got stuck in the trap, he must have been doing pretty well, they haven't had any in stock for a couple weeks.

He hasn't come out of the hide box yet.

08-10-2010, 5:20 PM
I'd let the store manager know next time you're there that he/she should be aware their employees are throwing healthy animals in the garbage.

08-10-2010, 5:38 PM
Nice save AJ....you da man.....:)

08-10-2010, 6:52 PM
Thanks Dion!

Madding -- you gotta understand, this Gecko's 4 legs, head, belly, and tail were stuck to the paper. I had to poke him two or three times to get him to twitch his elbow. They really thought he was dead! I guess it's a good thing I saw him there :D

08-10-2010, 7:07 PM
Nice save! Hope he makes it!

08-10-2010, 7:21 PM
Awesome story! I have a house gecko who lives on my kitchen window and when moths fly into the window because there attracted to the light he runs out and eats them... Hes been there for about 3years. So this story hits home, I love those little guys :]

08-10-2010, 7:30 PM
your that geckos hero and you got a free pet. its been a good day

08-10-2010, 7:35 PM
Thanks guys! I'm still a bit worried about him... understandably... but I'll post plenty of updates as long as he keeps on truckin' :)

08-10-2010, 8:54 PM

08-10-2010, 9:40 PM
Aw man... he didn't make it :cry: I spent hours on this guy, I thought I gave him a future :(

I guess I knew it was always an option... still sucks though :(

I'm sorry you guys...

And I'm sorry to the Gecko... I did everything in my power to give you a chance :(

Well, at least it's better that he died in a warm, dark, humid tank, able to move his arms and head than stuck to a glue trap in a garbage pail :(

08-10-2010, 9:42 PM
RIP gecko :(

08-10-2010, 9:56 PM
Sorry Aj. :(

08-10-2010, 9:58 PM
Sorry :(

08-10-2010, 10:28 PM
Props to you man, Good save.

08-10-2010, 10:50 PM
Dude... he didn't make it :(

08-10-2010, 10:51 PM
=( why????!

08-10-2010, 10:53 PM
Probably stress. Or maybe the glue traps are poisoned... I don't know...

08-10-2010, 11:03 PM
nice save

08-11-2010, 1:57 AM
dude, you tried. i think you should go down to the petstore and tell them they need to either keep their **** strait and watch those pets or figure somthin out. this makes me mad that they just throw him away and even is he lookes dead... he shouldnt have been there in the first place! well dude thank you soo much for trying to save the little guy. you get mad props for that one! trust me everyone is proud that u tried!

08-11-2010, 7:57 AM
Thank you for your kind words, Basstank :)

08-11-2010, 8:02 AM
DANGIT!! oh well, AJ. You gave it your best shot. RIP lil gecko..

08-11-2010, 8:21 AM
AJ you are 'da' man. Don't forget that. What you did was heart warming, compassionate and above and beyond. You did all you could and the gekos of the world thank you. The ending is upsetting no doubt, but like you said, he died in a nice tank, not in a garbage pail.

Cheers to you mate!

08-11-2010, 8:41 AM
Sorry to hear he didn't make it, but it was an awesome save. Little guy went out with food in his belly and a second chance at least.

08-11-2010, 8:46 AM
Thanks everyone. You guys are the best! :)

08-11-2010, 9:44 AM
Disheartening and sad to say the least, but you opened you rheart and home to another living creature to try to give it a second chance, mad props and I am sure something good will happen to you in the future, I believe in Karma, be it good or bad...

I just lost a pond fish yesterday, tried to 'save' him, pulled him out, grabbed the old sponge filter and attempted to medicate(very lethargic and couldn't stay in the water) but lost it shortly after I retrieved it from the pond...only a $.35 fish, but it has grow to 3 1/2" under my care, sad non the less...

08-11-2010, 10:09 AM
That sucks man... I feel for ya... Goldfish?...

08-11-2010, 1:07 PM
Yeah a goldfish...

I have 5 (now) Comet feeders and one fancy (2 tails) with 2 juvenile Koi in a small outdoor pond, came home yesterday and one of the Comets was on the waters surface and very lethargic...It came to me instead of hiding like normal...

I caught it easilly and put it into a 5 gallon bucket with water from the pond (like a 75 or 100 g preformed) and put in a sponge filter that I am cultivating in my main tank...He lasted another 4 hours before he stopped moving. I made the effort to help, but it didn't make it.

Still not sure what happened, other than being dead there were no external issues (ie: rot or missing scales)and my water parameters are all good (0 ammonia, 0 Nitrites, ~20PPM Nitrates, PH 7). All the others are fine and eating well.

As a just in case, I pulled some dead lilly leaves and quite a bit of the watter lettuce thats growing on the surface, out and performed about a 30% water change..Water is still clear, but the filter will also get cleaned tonight. Like I said, I dunno...

A. gigas
08-11-2010, 8:25 PM
that is without a doubt the luckiest gecko i've ever seen!

08-11-2010, 8:31 PM
luckly you were there to save him, or he would be in a garbage dump!!

08-11-2010, 8:35 PM
oh crap!!! sorry he didnt make it! you tried!! things just dont go the way you plan! its happened to me before. i feel you.

08-11-2010, 8:57 PM
Thanks guys :) I wish he would've pulled through, the fact that he even survived being stuck to a glue trap and being extracted from it is a testament to him.

08-11-2010, 9:43 PM
Kudos to you for trying.Sad he didnt make it but at least he had a shot.Cool that he jumped up on your hand like that.

08-11-2010, 11:05 PM
Thank you for your kind words, Basstank :)
no thank you for trying!! RIP the poor thing! butyou da ma n!