Wednesday, 28 January 2009

New Caledonian Crested Gecko

This is my favorite reptile, they are brilliant little creatures. i actually have one of these tattooed onto my ankle. 
they are arboreal geckos from the rain forest of New caledonia near New zealand. 
Their toes and tail are covered tiny little hair called satea, each of those hairs of divided into hundreds of even tinier hairs, these help the geckos so climb vertical surfaces and even sometimes on the ceiling. 
These geckos also have webbing on their legs and digits which allows them to jump long distances. 
They have heir like projections from just above their eyes which appear like eye lashes. however they have no eye lids, instead they have a transparent scale over their eye which keeps it moist. they then lip their eyes to remove debris. 
They are one of the few species of gecko that are omnivorous. 
They were thought extinct until after a tropical storm in 1994, they are now protected by CITES (convention on the international trade in endangered species of wild flora and fauna).
I love these geckos because they are so lovely creatures. they come in so many different colors and they feel like they're swayed. just before they just or walk their digits bend backwards, like they're  double jointed. i'd love to keep one of these but they're hard to find in the pet trade as it's illegal to take them from the wild.

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