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Crested Gecko

rhacodactylus ciliatus
  • Crested geckos have been nicknamed the “eyelash” gecko due to the ridges that run along the top of their eyes.
  • A prehensile tail allows them to grab onto vines and branches.
  • No two look alike. Their color and pattern morphs are varied, giving them distinctively unique appearances.
  • They do not have eyelids. They moisten their eyes by licking them.
  • Lamellae on the toe pads have tiny rows of hair that grab and hold on to the imperfections on a surface…even glass! This allows them to climb smooth vertical surfaces.
  • Crested geckos also have lamellae pads on their prehensile tail. This supports them when they jump from branch to branch.
  • Crested geckos’ tails do not grow back if they lose them.
  • A few crested geckos are known to be very vocal, making barking or squeaking noises.
  • Crested geckos come from New Caledonia, a group of islands off the coast of Australia.
  • Crested geckos were thought to be extinct until the 1990s, when they were rediscovered living in relatively large numbers on the islands of New Caledonia.