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Geckos!

Geckos are awesome reptiles!  Just wait until you learn about the most disgusting defense mechanism ever! They can actually shoot poop to frighten predators! It would scare me! You can see my episode about Geckos by going to www.enzoology.com! Click on the “Geckos” episode to the right of the player.

Here’s some cool Gecko facts

Geckos are small to average sized lizards belonging to the family Gekkonidae which are found in warm climates throughout the world. Geckos are unique among lizards in sounds they make, making chirping sounds in social interactions with other geckos.

There are 1,196 different species of geckos.

The name stems from the Indonesian/Javanese word gekok, which is the sound they make.

Most geckos have no eyelids and instead have a transparent membrane which they lick to clean. Many species will, in defense, expel a foul-smelling material and feces onto their aggressors.

Many species have specialized toe pads that enable them to climb smooth and vertical surfaces and even cross indoor ceilings with ease. These antics are well-known to people who live in warm regions of the world, where several species of geckos make their home inside human homes. These species (for example the house gecko) become part of the indoor menagerie and are seldom really discouraged because they feed on insects.

Geckos come in various colors and patterns. Some are subtly patterned, and somewhat rubbery looking, while others can be brightly colored. Some species can change color to blend in with their surroundings or with temperature differences.

The toes of the gecko have attracted a lot of attention, as they adhere to a wide variety of surfaces, without the use of liquids or surface tension.

The Fat Tailed Gecko smacks with his tail to frighten predators plus, they can bite.

Geckos eat lots of insects and sometimes fruit. They even change color in different seasons.

Fat tailed geckos can be found in West Africa.

This is a defense mechanism – predators think the tail is the head and when they grab it – it comes off and starts twitching on the ground. Then, the gecko takes off and runs to safety. Later the tail actually grows back!

They get to be about eight inches long and can live up to 20 years.

Geckos are active at night.

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