Average lifespan in the wild: 5 years
Size: 4 to 6 in (10 to 15 cm)
Geckos are small to moderately large lizards belonging to the family Gekkonidae and found in warm climates throughout the world. Geckos are unique among lizards in their vocalizations, making chirping sounds in social interactions with other geckos.
What does a Gecko look like?
Most geckos are tan to dark grey, subtly patterned, and somewhat rubbery looking. Some species can change color to blend in with their surroundings. However others can be brightly colored. 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.
Where do Gecko's live?
There are so many species of geckos in the world. Some examples are crested, leopard, golden, and tokay. Leopard geckos are found in the deserts of Pakistan, western India, Afghanistan, and Iran. Crested geckos are found in New Caledonia, which is a tropical island by Australia. The house gecko can be found in southeastern Asia and in northern parts of Africa. Some geckos are tropical and some are desert species, it just depends on what kind they are. Those are the main types of geckos.
What does a Gecko eat?
Gecko's eat crickets, spiders, cockroaches, beetles,moths and any type of insect.They even eat insects bigger than themselves. All geckos eat mainly insects, but their preferences depend on the individual gecko. For example bigger geckos enjoy larger insects as prey.
Did you know these facts about the Gecko?
Geckos are the only lizards that have a voice. Some species of geckos make a squeaking or clicking noise that sounds like “gecko”…which is of course how they got their name!
Most geckos have sticky toe pads, composed of microscopic Velcro-like hooked bristles (called setae) on the bottom of the feet. A gecko’s bristles allow them to climb well - even on smooth surfaces or upside down!
A gecko can detach its tail if caught by a predator, and can grow a new tail later. (Although the green tree dwelling geckos are more reluctant to do this than other geckos because they use their tail for climbing.)
Geckos shed their skins (which are made of small scales) - every six weeks or so in warmer weather.
Geckos have two transparent eyelids which are permanently fused together. They can’t blink but use their spoon-like tongues to frequently clean their eyelids.
Most geckos are nocturnal (they are most active at night) and have excellent vision.
Geckos range in size from 1.5cm to about 35 cm long. That’s one massive gecko!
Desert geckos have fringed feet that let them run across sand very easily.
Flying geckos have wide flaps of skin extending from their stomach and have webbed toes, legs, and tail that help them glide gracefully through the air!
There are over 800 different kinds of geckos. They live everywhere in the world except Antarctica where it is too cold for them.
Geckos are cold-blooded which means they need the suns rays to warm them. Their tiny scales protect them from the sun.
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Gecko Coloring pages
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