Fascinating Facts About Geckos

Published 20th February 2007

Geckos are quite unusual and interesting animals. They stand out from other lizards or reptiles in many different ways. The more you learn about geckos the more you will want to own one. Here are a lot of fun and fascinating facts and information about these wonderful creatures.

The word "gecko" comes from the Malaysian work "geckok". There are over 900 different species of geckos.

Adult geckos can range in size anywhere from 3/4 inch to 14 inches long.

Most geckos are nocturnal (they are mostly active in the night time). Their large eyes are adapted to low light conditions so they have excellent vision. Most species of geckos do not appear to have actual eyelids. In fact, their eyelids have become transparent much like contact lenses which they will lick to keep clean. These "lenses" are immovable, that is, they do not open and close.

Geckos are the only reptiles that have the ability to use their voice (other than to make hissing sounds). They will often make barking, chirping or clicking noises when interacting socially with other geckos.

Some species of geckos are able to spray an irritating liquid from the end of their tails.

The largest gecko is the tokay (Gekko gecko). The tokay is found ranging from India to the Australian Archipelago. An unusual characteristic of this lizard is that it is possible to actually see through it's head through it's ears. Tokay geckoes are aggresive and have been known to bite when provoked or threatened. The tokay will eat rodents and small birds and even other lizards.

The smallest gecko, and in fact the smallest know reptile in the world, is the dwarf gecko (Jaragua sphaero). The adult dwarf gecko grows to only 3/4 of an inch in total length. This species is found in the Dominican Rebublic and on Beata Island in the Caribbean.

The most well known species of gecko is the leopard gecko (Eublepharis macularius), it is commonly kept as a pet. Most pet geckos today are bred and raised in captivity. If you have ever seen a gecko it was probably a leopard.

The rarest species of gecko is the Coromandel Striped Gecko (Hoplodactylus stephensi var. coromandel). This gecko inhabits New Zealand and is so rare that, as of this writing, only 4 have ever been seen

One of the strangest geckos is the flying gecko (Ptychozoon kuhli). The flying gecko is found the tropical rain forests of Malaysia. This animal has wide flaps of skin that come out from along it's abdomen, webbed feet, legs and tail which all allows it the ability to glide through the air from tree to tree.

The leaf tailed gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus) is found in the rainforests of Madagascar. It has a very large, wide tail that can appear very fat when compared to the rest of it's body. This gecko has the ability to camouflage itself and blend into it's surroundings. The leaf tailed gecko has the distinction of possessing more teeth than any other lizard in the world.

As you can see the gecko is a fascinating creature, so I ask, "Got gecko?"


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