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The wall gecko "TUK KAE" is a lizard six to nine inches long, named for the sound it makes. As the "TUK KAE" is commonly found in houses, people believe that they may be reincarnated relatives. "TUK KAE" often hides so it is more difficult to see.

House lizard
The wall gecko ("TUK KAE" - ตุ๊กแก) or house lizard ("CHINGCHOK" - จิ้งจก) can be found everywhere in Thailand. Thai people can eat "TUK KAE" but not "CHINGCHOK". House lizard appear at night time and make shrill sound. If their tail is cut, it will grow again. Whatever homeowner does, house lizard always find a way to enter inside home.
House Lizard - "CHINGCHOK" - จิ้งจก

If a "CHINGCHOK" falls in front of somebody going out, it means that he is going to have serious problems. This belief is based on that house lizards should never fall from ceiling or walls.

Some other beliefs mention that a man with a new wife should not eat "GAENG TUK KAE" (แกงตุ๊กแก) as it may arouse her. It is also a sin to eat "TUK KAE" for some people. In Northeast of Thailand, swallowing a live "CHINGCHOK" was used for stomach upsets, bed wetting.

Bearded dragons ("KINGKA" - กิ้งก่า) are kept by collectors for their beauty. in Northeast of Thailand, they are part of local delicacies. "KINGKA" is also translated as tree lizard.
Bearded dragon
Bearded dragon

Famous old Thai movie about Bearded Dragon is กิ้งก่ากายสิทธิ์ by Sompote Sangduenchai.

Water monitor
Such big water monitors can often be seen in Thai parks or in Buddhist temples with ponds.
Water monitor

Other Thai horror movies related to lizards are อาถรรพณ์ตุ๊กแกผี and ตุ๊กแกผี by Manop Udomdej.




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