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Mediterranean Gecko Editor's Pick   Mediterranean Gecko
Mediterranean Gecko

Hemidactylus turcicus

Mediterranean Geckos are an introduced species in Texas. Since their arrival the Black Widow Spider population in Central Texas has experienced a sharp decline.

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Jim Baines
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2/13/2011 8:37:50 AM

Jim Baines
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The Mediterranean Gecko is a relatively small lizard with a large triangular-shaped head, flat body, and a thick round tail. These geckos also have large eyes with vertical pupils and no eyelids. Because they have no eyelids, Mediterranean Geckos can be observed licking their eyes in order to keep them clean. Their skin is almost translucent in certain areas and is covered with small bumps and nodules. Geckos in general are know for their ability to climb and cling to smooth surfaces that would be very difficult for other creatures to manage. They do this without the aid of liquid adhesives or claws. Instead approximately 500,000 setae on their foot and toe pads create an attractive force know as van der Waals force. Also notable is the gecko’s ability to drop its tail when threatened. The dropped tail will continue to move on its own and often distract a predator while the gecko makes its escape. The gecko will re-grow its tail following an attack. They were originally native to southern Europe only, but have migrated to many new parts of the world by hitching rides on various human driven transports. They are very successful migrants and have established populations in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

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2/13/2011 8:43:53 AM

Tammy M. Anderson
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Fabulous captures, Jim. Expecially like the toes.

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2/13/2011 10:36:35 AM

Jeff Robinson
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Outstanding capture and info Jim! Jeff

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2/13/2011 1:44:23 PM

Michelle Alton
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/3/2007
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Michelle's Gallery've graduated to reptiles?

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2/14/2011 3:49:38 AM

Tammy Espino
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/29/2007

GO Gecko go! :)

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2/14/2011 1:55:29 PM

Nancy (Peaches) Harker
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/10/2007

Now that looks SCAREY LOL!
Awesome shot!

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3/11/2011 11:49:17 AM

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