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Gecko by melvynyeo Gecko by melvynyeo
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Geckos are lizards belonging to the infraorder Gekkota, found in warm climates throughout the world. They range from 1.6 cm to 60 cm. Most Geckos cannot blink. They have a fixed lens within each iris that enlarges in darkness. Geckos use their long tongues to clean their eyes and keep them dust-free.

Geckos are unique among lizards in their vocalizations. They use chirping sounds in social interactions with other geckos. They are the most species-rich group of lizards, with approximately 1,500 different species worldwide. The New Latin gekko and English gecko stem from the Indonesian-Malay gēkoq, which is imitative of the sound the animals make.

All geckos, excluding the Eublepharidae family, lack eyelids and instead have a transparent membrane, which they lick to clean. Nocturnal species have excellent night vision; their eyes are 350 times more sensitive to light than the human eye. Most gecko species can lose their tails in defense, a process called autotomy. Many species are well known for their specialized toe pads that enable them to climb smooth and vertical surfaces, and even cross indoor ceilings with ease (one hypothesis explains the ability in terms of the van der Waals force). 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 habitations. These species (for example the House Gecko) become part of the indoor menagerie and are often welcome guests, as they feed on insects, including mosquitoes. Unlike most lizards, geckos are usually nocturnal and are great climbers.
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Beautiful shot :)
LandGart Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great shot!
OtaniFumetsu Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, what a beautiful little guy. And and amazing photo capture! Do you know the species ID?
Did he just lick his eyeball? XD
Yes! :) I thought i manage to capture that moment but i was split second too late :)
pbest112 Jan 30, 2013
Hes smiling!! :) <3
sesshomaru68 Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Those eyes are awesome!!
Askell Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing shot ! And, as usual, amazing creature !!!
I'm looking at its skin, and it seems to come out not only from the head (as if gecko moulting) but from every part of the body of the lizard. A friend of mine told me that those animals (in Madagascar) should "shedding" ("desquamer" in french) if they are affraid/stressed. Do you think it could be the case for this one ?

Sorry for my quite bad english :(
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