Mediterranean Gecko

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Mediterranean Gecko

Jim Baines level-classic 2/13/2011 8:37:50 AM

Gecko toes #1352860

Jim Baines level-classic 2/13/2011 8:43:53 AM

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. #9237890

Tammy M. Anderson level-classic 2/13/2011 10:36:35 AM

Fabulous captures, Jim. Expecially like the toes. #9238024

Jeff W. Robinson level-classic 2/13/2011 1:44:23 PM

Outstanding capture and info Jim! Jeff #9238312

Michelle Alton level-classic 2/14/2011 3:49:38 AM

Fabulous...you've graduated to reptiles? #9239281

Tammy Espino level-classic 2/14/2011 1:55:29 PM

GO Gecko go! :) #9240533

Nancy (Peaches) Harker level-classic 3/11/2011 11:49:17 AM

Now that looks SCAREY LOL!
Awesome shot! #9285690

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Description


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.




Uploaded on 2/13/2011 8:35:05 AM

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Camera: Nikon D200 Digital SLR Camera

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