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Crested Gecko (Harlequin)

Rhacodactylus ciliatus

Description:

Small stunning yellow-orange and brown Gecko.

Habitat:

Spotted in Biology class in California.

Notes:

This is my teachers newest pet Coco. The Crested Gecko has hair-like projections found above the eyes, resembling eyelashes. It has a wedge shaped head and a crest that runs from each eye to the tail. The toes and the tip of the semi-prehensile tail are covered in small hairs called setae. Each seta is divided into hundreds of smaller hairs called spatulae. It is believed these structures exploit the weak van der Waals force to help the gecko climb on most solid surfaces. The toes have small claws which aid in climbing surfaces to which their toes cannot cling (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crested_gec...).

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Rhacodactylus ciliatus Crested Gecko


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14 Comments

I have a gecko to

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 7 years ago

Aww

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

What a beauty! I've moved this to Pets for you.

williefromwi
williefromwi 9 years ago

fantastic image, and information. Oh had my biology class been so grand.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

What an amazing little Gecko - great pics too ! thanks for sharing the information..

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Wonderful shot.. Coral.. I can see her beautiful eyebrows and eyelids... This spotting is really a learning...!!

Nicholas4
Nicholas4 9 years ago

a healthy one..pretty..

harsuame
harsuame 9 years ago

Bellas escamas

CoralAvery
CoralAvery 9 years ago

I just recently got one of these as a pet from Petco, there are lots of other stores that have them too though. Mine has darker coloring and is very jumpy compared to this one. :)

CoralAvery
CoralAvery 9 years ago

Thank you! :)

ikissedameow
ikissedameow 9 years ago

Beautiful gecko.

CoralAvery
CoralAvery 9 years ago

Thanks! These animals are now sold as pets even after their near extinction like you said Cindy.

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 9 years ago

Wow, according to Wikipedia, "This species was thought extinct until it was rediscovered in 1994" in New Caledonia! Impressive your Biology class has this beauty!

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 9 years ago

wao!, very impressive animal

CoralAvery
Spotted by
CoralAvery

Poway, California, USA

Spotted on Jan 4, 2012
Submitted on Jan 27, 2012

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