me-ay-gah-han-fox said: Thank you so much for that crested gecko post on getting fired up. I've been noticing mine doing that and was so confused. Great fact to keep in mind. Do you have any other interesting facts about crested geckos?
You’re very welcome! Here’s a couple of facts off the top of my head:
-Crested geckos were thought to be extinct until they were rediscovered in 1994!
-If they lose their tail, it unfortunately doesn’t grow back :(
-Crested geckos lack eyelids but they do have a clear, protective scale over each eye!
-When debris or water is on their eyes, they simply lick it off!
-Crested geckos have specialized eyes for seeing in the dark. Like other gekkonid species, crested geckos have what has been referred to as Gehyra pupils; instead of having vertical, slit-shaped pupils with smooth edges, geckos have vertical, slit-shaped pupils with slightly lobed edges. They have color vision, as their retinas contain only cones. Nocturnal geckos such as these have larger apertures and cones, in addition to a shorter viewing length, than diurnal reptiles. This allows them to absorb as much light and see as much as possible in the dark. (Roth and Kelber, 2004; Underwood, 1951)
- On a crested geckos toe pads, and they end of their tail they have very small, very fine hairs that make it so they can walk on very smooth surfaces. This also helps them grip things easier and makes climbing trees very easy for them.
-They are named after their very distinct crests!