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Author:  Lamma-Gung [ Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:13 pm ]
Post subject:  The wildlife dangers of living on Lamma

I just got stung by a tiny wasp while watering my rooftop jungle this morning. Very painful and my hand swelled up within minutes. And that's just after my leg got scratched during a bike ride and the resulting wound infections still not having healed completely 18 days later, despite two full courses of different antibiotics prescribed by the Lamma Clinic.

Well, feeling better now, just one of the many things you take in your stride while living here, so close to raw, mostly still wild and untouched nature. We love and enjoy it, but we're (usually) careful outside our homes. But you don't need to leave your Lamma home to make some close and potentially painful encounters with the local wildlife. Our wild dogs and boars are shy, rarely seen and never seem to attack people and the occasionally pretty big pythons usually stay outside while occasionally strangling a wandering small pet, but staying away from humans of all sizes.

But one lady spotted 4 other snakes on her recent morning run, they've become so common these days that the Lamma Snake Sightings Facebook group has become very active again this spring.

There's often a veritable zoo of small, but dangerous critters setting up home in our houses, balconies, rooftop gardens and especially G/F patios and gardens. They seem to manage to get into most flats here, despite screens, poison, etc. And we're not even talking about the harmless house mates many of us tolerate or at least ignore, like geckos and cockroaches and little spiders.

Let's swap the best home wildlife stories (and pictures, of course!), to let all our Lamma Newbies, often unfamiliar with living close to nature after spending so long living in cities, know a bit about the often very real dangers facing them even at home:
Snakes, centipedes, wasps, spiders and, most common and probably worst of all, mosquitoes!

Here's a quote from long-time forum member Tigger:

"I had an enormous spider that once lived in my flat (think the cats finally got him) that I named Benjamin.
This spider used to freak my friends out when he made an appearance on the living room wall. I used to find it highly amusing to introduce him as 'Benjamin my pet spider' to my city dweller mates. :-)"


A lady tried to get rid of a centipede on her balcony and it accidentally fell down her top! She ripped off her T-shirt quickly and exposed herself unintentionally to a passing dog walker.

A Lamma youngster stepping on a potentially deadly Banded Krait snake in their garden or finding a bright-green Bamboo Pit Viper hanging off a tree in their garden, not even mentioning the many places inside or around our flats where our very wide variety of snake species can be found.

Huge Huntsman Spiders waiting quietly for live prey in dark stairwells.

Stepping out of the shower, grabbing a towel and a huge centipede dropping out onto my bare shoulder, my own experience I'll always remember.

Tell us your experiences of Lamma's wildlife inside your home, including garden, balcony and rooftops, please.

Author:  ThomasL [ Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:02 pm ]
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A few days ago, I was lying in bed using my laptop when I felt a sharp pain on my left foot. First reaction was using my hand to flick whatever was there away. Took a look after that and couldn't find anything. I proceeded to shake my comforter and a small centipede (1.5 inch) fell on the ground. Slightly injured but still crawling. I wasn't sure if I'll survive the poison but I woke up the next morning fine.

A couple of days after, I spotted a cockroach on the ground and smacked a folded magazine on it. It didn't move but had a line sticking out from it that I thought was the gutted intestine. On closer look, I realized it's a centipede biting on it! I think they were both injured after my attack but the deadlock was still on. I'm not sure who's trying to eat who. I think it's the centipede being the attacker being the cockroach scurried away every time I push it to the centipede.

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Author:  charlie [ Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:38 pm ]
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Speaking of cockroach, is there any suggestion on how to get rid of them?
At least on Lamma, you've got spiders and centipede helping you out in dealing with roaches.
:lol:

Author:  Alan [ Fri Jun 08, 2012 8:10 pm ]
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charlie wrote:
Speaking of cockroach, is there any suggestion on how to get rid of them?


I put out the plastic biscuit-sized discs with cockroach bait every few months around the kitchen and bathroom. They eat it, they die. I guess they cannibalise each other, because I rarely see the corpses.

Author:  Lamma-Gung [ Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:54 pm ]
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You could always adopt a big pet spider, like Tigger did, see above. They love cockroaches, see these photos below by Howard Sheard.

According to Sean & Karen - outside whose door this cockroach-spider pair has been observed - these Huntsman Spiders can be trained to kill cockroaches. Or can they?

http://www.lamma.com.hk/forum-OK/viewtopic.php?t=1622&start=133

Author:  Tigger [ Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:02 am ]
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My favourite critter episode happened while I lived on Cheung Chau.

I was watching TV when 'something big' flew in the through the balcony windows.

I screamed and ducked my head. After the shock, I tried to find whatever had flown in, but couldn't, so I figured it had just flown back out again.

The next morning whilst rummaging through my wardrobe for work clothes, I had another shock, as there hanging upside down on the clothes rail was a bat!!

Must have been there all night in my bedroom. Was a bugger trying to get the thing out of the flat.

Author:  charlie [ Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:41 pm ]
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Lamma-Gung wrote:
You could always adopt a big pet spider, like Tigger did, see above. They love cockroaches, see these photos below by Howard Sheard.

According to Sean & Karen - outside whose door this cockroach-spider pair has been observed - these Huntsman Spiders can be trained to kill cockroaches. Or can they?


Err ... if I do that, I think I will be the first casualty by getting expelled from the house by my mom ...

Author:  charlie [ Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:44 pm ]
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Alan wrote:
I put out the plastic biscuit-sized discs with cockroach bait every few months around the kitchen and bathroom.


Thanks, I'll go shop for some cockroach bait ...

Author:  charlie [ Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:52 pm ]
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A long time ago, the following happened to me ...

One night, I drank half a can of softdrink and then put the can into the refrigerator. The next day, I took it out and drank the other half. At first gulp, a big dead cockroach flowed out from the can and went inside my mouth ...
Though I was able to spit it out, but that was one hell of an experience ...

Author:  Lamma-Gung [ Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:52 am ]
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Just got another great story from a Facebook Friend of "Lamma Gung" (Welcome to friend me):

Just after 6am when getting up to make breakfast for her daughter she found a snake in her kitchen right in the middle of having a gecko breakfast.

They managed to get the small grey rat snake out of their flat without anybody's help. Yes, some Lamma Ladies are really tough, often tougher than the guys!

Author:  Wiggychick [ Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Not really a horror story but...

One night after a rain-storm, I blearily picked up my toothbrush and toothpaste and then reached for the tap to discover a 2 inch long tree frog sitting on top of the sink tap.
I know it was a tree frog because when I squeeled and the hero husband came in to try to escort it outside, it jumped and stuck to every surface except the one he was trying to catch it with! Eventually it vanished behind the washing machine.
We decided to leave it be - it might give us a fright, but at least it is not paticularly dangerous - and went to sleep.
The following morning, again bleary-eyed, I woke to a strange knocking noise at the door. It was quite extraordinary to see the tree frog on the floor, looking up at the steel door, jumping up at it, sliding down only to repeat the manoeuvre a few seconds later.
Bemused I opened the door and watched him joyfully leap to freedom...

Author:  rambler [ Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Not really a horror story but...

Wiggychick wrote:
It was quite extraordinary to see the tree frog on the floor, looking up at the steel door, jumping up at it, sliding down only to repeat the manoeuvre a few seconds later.
...


What was extraordinary!?.....it just could not reach the door knob.

Author:  Fortune Chan [ Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:39 pm ]
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Many years ago, after drinking 18 pints in the Corner Bar, I woke up next to a Hippo.

Author:  Alan [ Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:43 am ]
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My latest houseguests are slugs making their way in the bathroom. Not sure if they came up though a drain or what....

Quiet and non-threatening, but a bit icky.

Author:  Lamma-Gung [ Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:37 am ]
Post subject:  Re: The wildlife dangers of living on Lamma

Do we face the same "wildlife dangers" here as a few years ago, told in the first-hand experiences above?
More or less dangerous? More snakes, fewer cicadas? New dangers?

Tracy writes: "Personally I've seen more rats, roaches, wild boar and snakes in the past 6 years than I ever did when I first moved here years ago.

I actually like the boars and snakes. I enjoy living in a bit of a jungle/nature environment. But many people that move here do believe they are moving to a DB environment and seem to forget that Lamma comes with its perils/loves/fascinations, depending on which way you look at it - lol."

Author:  Alan [ Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: The wildlife dangers of living on Lamma

Boars were barely rumours back then, now I see them several times a year, just on my way back and forth to the beach.

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