(Giant Day Gecko. Photo taken from behind glass.)
Geckos are usually small, agile lizards that are incredibly adaptable. They can survive in the heat of an arid desert as well as in a tropical rain forest. They can wiggle between rocks and in the mouths of caves.
Did you know there are more than 1,100 species of geckos?
Berkshire Museum, in Pittsfield, a city in Western Massachusetts, is currently hosting a large exhibition of these unique creatures, titled "Geckos: Tails to Toepads." We traveled there to see the gecko exhibit and it was worth the trip! A total of 14 different species are represented.
They are housed in glass cases especially made to simulate their natural habitats, with plants, sand, stones, and even caves!
Following are some of the geckos I was able to get a good look at.
LeopardGecko (Morph): (Since this was taken through the glass front, some lettering showed up in this shot.)
Fan Fingered Gecko: The one shown here has kind of cute little hands, don't you think?
This kind of gecko can squeeze between rocks and over hot sand. Also, if you were a gecko, you'd have to watch out for this fellow. If you invaded his territory, he could inflict serious wounds on your body!
Tokay Gecko: This kind of gecko is not friendly. They are also big. The sound that comes from them when they are fighting is the sound of their name. It's a loud cry (toe-kay.) These geckos also chase their enemies and can give a painful bite.
Guess I've always kind of liked geckos. They look like miniature dinosaurs and seem like such fascinating little things.
Hope you enjoyed reading all about geckos and seeing my photos of them, too!
DO YOU LIKE GECKOS?