Finally after 2 years of trying off an on I grabbed a decent sound clip of a too-geh squawking outside the room.
When I first got to Thailand I heard the LOUDEST too-geh ever. King too-geh. It is located at Green Garden Bungalows in Patong Beach on the North end of the beach – up around the Amari hotel I think it’s called. The thing is massive. Thais’ say “too-geh” but I found it spelled online as “Tokay”. And the scientific name is supposedly Gekko Gecko.
The first time I saw it I was standing outside talking to my friend. It was dark out and I could see this shape above his head on the wall – and I thought, holy hell – that’s a big plastic lizard… why did they put it up there?
We talked for about 30 minutes and then the thing MOVED!
I almost fell over as it was only 2 feet above his head. I almost hit the ground when it moved because in my mind it was plastic – nothing to worry about.
This too-geh was about 18 inches long (with tail). It was fat, very well-fed.
How it could stick to the wall when it must have weighed the better part of a kilogram I have no idea.
That night when I heard it for the first time outside my window I froze in bed wondering – WHAT THE F*$*$@ is that? I thought it was someone playing a joke on me. The first part of the squawk sounds like a growl – like it’s getting pizzed off.
The second part is comical – like a little kid making a funny noise.
This clip is not of the monster in Patong, but this one is fairly loud and clear. I’m in search of the perfect sound clip so if you’re able to grab one with your mobile phone and you send it to me I’ll PayPal you a few dollars or give you a free plug on Thaipulse or something.
Too-Geh Lizard/Gecko Sound clip (mp3- 170Kb)
Another site that has gecko sound clips >
Wow, that’s actually the “Global Gecko Association”! These guys are serious about their geckos. The sound quality on some of those are excellent too.
Ok, I rescind my offer of a few bucks or plug for your business since I found an awesome too-geh clip on that site.
I’m fascinated by weird animals that I know nothing about – as if I had to tell you! I’ll bet 10% of my 180 posts are about Thailand’s wildlife!
I gotta keep posting this stuff as I get it.
Update 9/23/07: I found a guy in Thailand’s post about some TOKAY geckos – here is his post: