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What kind of animal we have?

Postby x9200 » Tue, 19 Jun 2012 8:40 am

Occasionally, something makes in our flat a sound like hitting a hard ball against hard surface (it's rather laud). Not sure if geckos are capable? It sounds very different to what they normally produce. Cockroaches?

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Postby the lynx » Tue, 19 Jun 2012 8:43 am

You mean like a golf ball hitting a hard surface?

Sorry, just trying to relate to the sound you're describing...

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Re: What kind of animal we have?

Postby nakatago » Tue, 19 Jun 2012 9:03 am

x9200 wrote:Cockroaches?


Oh good lord. It better not be them.

Heavy-footed foreigners? :lol:

Squirrels?

Rats?

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 19 Jun 2012 9:31 am

the lynx wrote:You mean like a golf ball hitting a hard surface?

Sorry, just trying to relate to the sound you're describing...

Imagine you have window blinds that you open up or close with a cord, and the cord have a plastic ball at its end. When wind blows the ball hits the window making roughly this kind of sound :)

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Postby the lynx » Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:00 am

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the lynx wrote:You mean like a golf ball hitting a hard surface?

Sorry, just trying to relate to the sound you're describing...

Imagine you have window blinds that you open up or close with a cord, and the cord have a plastic ball at its end. When wind blows the ball hits the window making roughly this kind of sound :)


Trust me, cockroaches DO NOT make that sound. At most it would be hissing. But if it is really the cockroaches, book me over! This will be an awesome science moment for me!

OK so I get an idea of how the sound is like. Does the sound come singly or in quick rapping series? If it is the latter, I have a bad feeling it may be termites; a very bad termite infestation...

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:04 am

Poltergeist? :cool:

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:07 am

Rather singly, sometimes in two. It happened maybe 3 times over past 6 months.

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:15 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Poltergeist? :cool:

Unfortunately not. In our previous place the building had a history of the murder and the rental was like 20% lower comparing to the others in that area. Here, nothing like this.

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Postby the lynx » Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:19 am

Are you sure that it is not some faulty electrical appliances or loosely hanging fixtures or furniture?

As far as animals are suspected, I would go back to geckos then. They do make that loud crackling sound. Sometimes in twos or threes.

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 19 Jun 2012 10:42 am

Pretty sure. It goes from different places within the room. We have geckos of a size of small monitor lizards so maybe they play some golf.

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Postby the lynx » Tue, 19 Jun 2012 11:26 am

Well you know what people say when you have gecko problems in your house :wink: :lol:

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 19 Jun 2012 11:36 am

You would know it if it were one of these little terrors. Their name is their noisy call. TOK-Kayyyy. The are only around 6 to 7 " long but their call can be heard from about half a klick away! I had one in my bedroom in the Viet Refugee Camp on P. Galang and it decided to announce itself around 3 am in the morning. Scared the crap outta me!

http://www.markoshea.info/images/timor% ... _gecko.jpg

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Postby the lynx » Tue, 19 Jun 2012 11:50 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:You would know it if it were one of these little terrors. Their name is their noisy call. TOK-Kayyyy. The are only around 6 to 7 " long but their call can be heard from about half a klick away! I had one in my bedroom in the Viet Refugee Camp on P. Galang and it decided to announce itself around 3 am in the morning. Scared the crap outta me!

http://www.markoshea.info/images/timor% ... _gecko.jpg


Holy crap! I sure hope not it is one of those.

But there are many species of geckos and some of them are common in households (unless you live close to jungles).

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 19 Jun 2012 1:13 pm

They are found here in Singapore as well, but not so often. You do see a lot of them looking like this though......

http://www.tokaygeckos.org/tokay-gecko-for-medicines

Apparently they are also used in TCM
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Postby x9200 » Tue, 19 Jun 2012 1:15 pm

the lynx wrote:Well you know what people say when you have gecko problems in your house :wink: :lol:

When would I have a gecko problem and what people would say than? :oops:


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